Hijama Healing

A Forgotten Sunnah and Why it's Revival is the Key to Long-Lasting Health.


Anas ibn Maalik (r) reported that the Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) said, "Indeed the best of remedies you have is Hijama (Cupping)…" Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5371).

Hijama is practiced and held in the highest regards by Muslims, since the Quran has compelled them to: "..Take what the Messenger (PBUH) gives you and abstain from what he forbids you.." [59:7]

What is Hijama?

  • Derived from the Arabic word “Hajm” which means “sucking”.
  • Hijama wet cupping involves the creating of suctions and negative pressure through cups and then making small, shallow incisions in the skin surface to draw out stagnated blood and toxins from the body.
  • Cups are applied to specific parts of the body, such as affected areas, muscles and organs to circulate blood, reduce stagnation, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Hijama cupping therapy is a preventative therapy to stay healthy, as well as a curative treatment to get better from a sickness.
  • It increases the production of red and white blood cells, boosts the immune system and eliminates harmful toxins from the body.

Does it really work?

The Science behind cupping

  • Hijama increases the blood flow by expanding blood vessels with the negative pressure creaed through a suction pump and cup.

  • Removes toxins.

  • Oxygenates the area.

  • Boosts immunity by activating the lymphatic system.

  • Hematological investigations were done on 40 blood samples taken from normal, healthy individuals (20 paired samples of Hijama blood and venous blood of each subject). Analysis of the data showed significant differences in many of the hematological factors between the cupped blood and venous blood, with cupped blood having higher levels of impurities and toxins. [Z.V.M.Unani Medical College & Hospital, Pune, India 2015 by Dr Ghazala Mulla]

  • A study comparing cupped blood samples with venous samples showed how cupped blood had much higher levels of negative substances such as uric acid, compared to venous blood. This proves that Hijama draws out toxins successfully. [By Mohammad Reza Vaez Mahdavi, Tooba Ghazanfari, Marjan Aghajani, Farideh Danyali and Mohsen Naseri Shahed University, Faculty of Medicine, Islamic Republic of Iran]

Hijama for Today’s Health Problems

Salma, the servant of the Messenger (PBUH) said, "Whenever someone would complain of a headache to the Messenger of Allah (saw), he (saw) would advise them to perform Hijama (Cupping)." Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3858).

In many cases, Allopathic medicine fails patients. They have to turn to alternative natural therapies for relief and cure. Hijama therapy is one of the most powerful ones, as it detoxes the body and cleanses the blood cells. It also helps with:

  • Fertility issues.
  • Back and knee pain.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory issues.
  • Muscular and skeletal issues.
  • Some testimonials (case studies on our blog).
  • Joint pains.
  • Skin conditions.
  • High and low blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Muscular and skeletal issues.
  • Cancer.

Post-Treatment Changes

  • Temporary skin discoloration and scabs at Hijama sites.
  • May feel temporarily tired.
  • May feel temporarily hungry.
  • Powerful detox and cleansing mechanism.
  • Improved cellular count and increased oxygenation levels.
  • A healing crisis is prevalent as the body adapts to changes after the hijama therapy.
  • Balancing of all the body systems.
  • Oxygenation.
  • Strengthening of immune system and white blood cell production.
  • Pain relief.
  • Relaxation.
  • Improved spirituality.
  • Enhanced sleep.
  • Makes one more active and happy.
  • Improve in the functioning of the digestive system.

Islamic Perspective

Hijama has been an esteemed method of treatment for Muslims due to the following reasons:

  • Ordered by Allah (swt)

    The Prophet was told to establish Hijama in the Ummah. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “I did not pass by any group of angels on the night of Al Isra', except they said to me: "O Muhammad, tell your nation to do Hijama". Ibn Majah (3477)

  • Practiced by Prophet (pbuh)

    Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) mentions that the Messenger (PBUH) was cupped on his head when he was afflicted with magic and that it is from the best of cures for this if performed correctly. Zaad al Ma'aad (4/125-126).

  • Prophet (PBUH) Professed Hijama

    Abu Hurairah (r) reported that the Messenger (PBUH) said, "Whoever performs Hijama (Cupping) on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease." Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3861).

    “Hijama cupping on the back of the neck treat seventy-two illnesses” (Collected by At-Tabarani)

    Ibn Umar reported that the Messenger (PBUH) said, " Hijama (Cupping) on an empty stomach is best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory..." Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3487).

Hijama in Other Cultures

Virtually every country and culture has practiced body and blood cleansing with some form of cupping, hijama, bloodletting or leeching.

  • Hijama wet cupping has also been practiced in Europe and USA since the early 1900’s.

  • Origins of wet cupping are found in Egypt, Greece and China.

  • HIjama wet cupping is still being practiced all over the world, especially in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Europe.

  • In Finland and Turkey there are many Hijama/wet cupping spas all over the country.


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