I am new to the forum and I have decided to register after reading that there are many people asking about Cupping/Hijama and where they can get it done in the UK.
Well I am a Sister who is fully trained and qualified to practice Cupping/Hijama. I feel it’s very important to acknowledge this, as there are many people who are practicing Cupping/Hijama and are not trained, qualified or insured to do so. Hijama involves cutting the skin and sucking out the bad blood with suction cups. Therefore a person needs to understand anatomy and physiology as well as the acupoints of the body to practice.
I am very concerned about individuals who are practicing cupping/hijama and are not qualified to do so and are unable to differentiate between vein and a red vein. The reason why I bring this subject up is to make sisters and brothers aware of what research you should do before you decide to be treated for cupping/hijama.
The following points that you should ask when you go to see a practitioner of Hijama:
- Are you qualified if so may I see your certificate?
- Are you a member of a federation of the holistic therapies?
- Are you insured to practice?
- What type of cups do you use glass or plastic? If glass what solution do you use to wash the cups before you administer them on your next patient (solution needs to be very stong that kills HIV not washing up liquid)? If you use plastic cups are they disposable? If not what solution do you use to clean them?
- Do you use the same blade on all your patients or are they new? IF THEY ARE NOT NEW BLADES AND THEY STATE THEY CLEAN THEM DON'T DO THE TREATMENT
One more thing if you turn up and see the practitioner is not in a clean environment and its tools do not look new and this should give you a warning sign not to have treatment. Hygiene is extremely important in Hijama as you are dealing with cutting the skin and sucking out blood from patients and you need to be in a clean and hygienic environment and know that the practitioner is using clean and hygienic tools.
My equipment and tools
I use disposable cups so once I use the suction cups on the patient they are thrown away. I also use disposable razors, which are used once on the patient and thrown away, into my Sharp safe bins, which are collected by the Council once a week. I also use surgical gloves and these again are thrown away once used. Everything I use is once and then disposed of in Bio-Hazardous bins, which I have collected, by the Council once a week. Its important well I feel its important to make people aware of how one practices in order to make people feel safe and also make them aware of how other people should practice.
- Ask if there is a consultation form to fill and sign? If not why not? As by law most practitioners need to have a consultation form for insurance purposes with the patients signature consenting to the treatment plus the consultation form will decide whether patient is suitable for Hijama.
- Ask if they have an aftercare leaflet? If not why not? As by law most practitioners need to have an aftercare leaflet for their patients for insurances purposes
I have heard of people cupping babies, old and weak people. Hijama does not allow the practice of cupping babies or very old and weak people plus those with heart conditions or recent operations. I have also been informed of people placing cups on them at night and going to sleep by applying dry cupping, which is extremely dangerous and can cause blood clots and ultimately death.
Before I treat my patients I do a free initial consultation over the phone to make sure they would be suitable for the treatment. I do not like to waste peoples time by them coming to see me and then being told I cannot perform the treatment. Once I have asked all the necessary questions over the phone I then can tell them whether they are suitable for treatment. I will then check on the lunar calendar for the following dates 17th, 19th, 21st as these are the best days to perform cupping as stated in hadith and I then ask the patient which day would be suitable for them out of the 17th. 19th. 21st.
Once I have arranged a date with the patient. I will inform them of the following:
- All treatments are made in the morning, as the patient needs to come with an empty stomach for the treatment to be successful.
- Treatments can still be done on women who are menstruating.
- Treatments cannot be done on women who are pregnant. I always ask women to do a pregnancy test on the day of treatment if they are being treated for fertility and require Hijama on the fallopian tubes just to make sure they are not pregnant.
- Treatment cannot be conducted if you are intoxicated.
- Treatment cannot be conducted if you turn up weak and very ill.
- Do not have a hot bath before treatment
When the patient arrives I will go through the consultation form and if all is correct as stated on the phone they would sign their consent to treatment. I will then explain how I will perform the treatment and show the equipment I will use to do the Hijama and ask if they have any questions after which I will then peform the treatment.
How I peform Hijama
The treatment begins with me selecting the area which requires the Hijama. I then place a suction cup to the area and create a vacuum to pull the skin and leave the suction cups on for a few minutes not too long to draw the bad blood and toxins to the surface of the skin. Then I take the cups off and apply some black seed oil to the skin, then I make tiny scratch marks with a razor to the skin and apply the suction cups back on again this will release the bad blood and toxins. The black seed oil softens the skin and also works as anti septic. I leave the suction cups on for a few minutes whilst the bad blood is seeping and filling up the suction cup and then take the suction cups off and clean the area again with black seed oil place a cotton pad on the area to clean out any excess blood. This then completes the treatment.
After treatment I give my patients some pure honey to eat and a glass of water. The honey helps to nourish the blood also after the treatment some people may feel queasy especially if they are sensitive to blood and the honey perks them up. The water helps to flush out the toxics. The whole process takes 30 mins.
I then go through the aftercare leaflet.
Major points after treatment is:
- Not to go straight to sleep after treatment as this can cause blood clots
- To stay active for the rest of the day this is why the treatment is recommended in the early part of the day
- To wash as normal but no scrubbing, scratching or rubbing of the area treated
- The Hijama marks can take a few weeks to fade. They look like bruised circle marks and do not hurt. But dependent on your skin texture and health everyone’s Hijama marks can take from a few weeks to disappear to months. But do not worry they are not permanent.
Well I could go on about Hijama. Please don't be scared it’s a painless treatment and is the best medicine. Just check out your practitioner before you do the treatment.
Also a Sister can perform Hijama on Women and Men as it is considered as a medical practice in Islam. However I only treat women at present.
I am based in the UK and I am able to travel to clients home to do the treatment or the treatment can be done at my home.
If you are interested in knowing more about Hijama or would be interested in treatment please email me on: clipped - email addys are not allowed to be posted in this section -- but if any sister is interested, reply to this post, and a moderator of the forum will forward the email address to the sister. may Allah taa'aala reward you for reviving a sunnah of our Beloved Nabi, sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam
Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallaahu anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu aayhi Wasallam) said, ‘The best medicine is cupping.’
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
The Prophet was cupped and he paid the wages to the one who had cupped him and then took Su'ut (Medicine sniffed by nose).
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
(The Prophet said), "Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing)." But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire."