Hijama is an ancient bloodletting technique utilised in many parts of the Middle East, China and Europe. To be more specific this traditional technique is utilised within the Middle East of the advice given by the Greatest Prophet of Islam. “Indeed, the best of remedies you have is hijama (cupping)” – Saheeh Al Bukhari. Hijama traditionally has been used by many within the management of a broad range of conditions; blood diseases such as hypertension, rheumatic conditions such as arthritis, physical conditions such as Sciatica, Neck & Back pain, Headaches & Migraine and also Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression and more
Children below the age of 3 years old
Adults above the age of 70 years old
People using blood thinning or Anti-Clotting medication such as Aspirin, Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Apixaban (Eliquis), Heparin (various), Warfarin (Coumadin) etc are advised to stop taking medication the night before
Pregnant women not during first and third trimester, 6 weeks after labor
People recovering from heart surgery 6 months later
Pain tolerance differs from person to person though you can be reassured that with the hundreds of people we have serviced to date that we have had no client unable to tolerate the procedure.
One should understand that Hijama will lead to circular bruises or discolorations for a few days (on avg 4-5 days) where the cups were applied, which are, in effect, large ‘hickies’. Other possible minor side effects are slight light-headedness post cupping therapy; this is similar to the sensation one feels after having had blood taken by a doctor, as cupping therapy encourages blood flow to the cupped region (hyperaemia); one may therefore feel warmer and hotter as a result of vasodilatation (widening of blood vessel) taking place and slight sweating may occur. There is a sound scientific rationale for this and there is no cause for concern.
This is a difficult question to answer as no literature has been published with regards to session frequency and diseases. We can only suggest you base treatments on subjective outcomes i.e how you feel the days/weeks following your Hijama treatment. For chronic issues we follow the British cupping society guidelines a 3-wk treatment is recommended, thereafter monthly, thereafter bi-monthly until we get to every time the seasons change as recommended by the Prophet Muhammad pbuh Most people will return once per month and others every 2/3 months, 6 months or 12 months routinely depending on their health conditions, in this day and age and considering an American life-style monthly would be the recommendation for preventative means, it’s safe as blood cells are regulated after 3 weeks
Fast at least 2-3 hours before your treatment ‘’Cupping on an empty stomach is best. In it is a cure and blessing.” (Sahih Sunan Ibn Maajah 3487) The person undergoing Hijama is encouraged to perform Ghusl (ritual bath) or shower before the treatment. “Abdullah bin Az-Zubair reported that Aisha (ra) told him that the Prophet (PBUH) used to perform ghusl for four things Major ritual impurity, Jumu’ah (Friday) prayer, After washing the dead and before Cupping”. (Abu Dawud) Drink plenty of water until 2/3 hours prior to your session – Aim for 6 – 8 standard cups prior to your session Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing – may need to roll up your clothes, something old as oil might spill on it Let your therapist know of any medication you are on and your Medical history
Eat some dates (3 small) or drink some honey (1 Tbsp) with water (1 cup) to bring your energy levels back up.
Rest over the next 24 hours and avoid any strenuous exercise (GYM/SPORT/MANUAL LABOR).
Hijama tends to make people feel very relaxed and sleepy following treatment. it is important to stay active and alert for at least 3-4 hours to follow your treatment. This is the period for you to drive home, monitor your wounds for no further bleeding and ensure your vitals remain normal (i.e Blood Pressure (110-140/70-90, better 120/80), Heart Rate (60 – 100 beats per minute) , Body Temperature (36.5 – 37.2 degrees) and Rate of Breathing (12 – 16 breaths per minute)) Avoid marital sexual relations for 24 hours after hijama. Drink lots of water to help detox your body and remove any unwanted toxins (6-8 cups per day thereafter). Avoid eating meat and dairy for 24hours, this will help with healing processes. Also better to avoid packaged and processed foods following Hijama as they place a heavy burden on our body’s detoxification system generally. Oil around the places where you have been cupped with preferably black seed oil as often as possible, this will also help with the healing process and sooth any itchiness or irritation you may experience. Take a warm shower but avoid using any soaps and shower gel on the area/s that have been cupped for 24 hours to avoid irritation. If your skin is sensitive than avoid for 48 hours
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