‘Hijama’ (derived from the Arabic term ‘Hajm’ which means extracting) or wet cupping is an ancient traditional medicine practice. The process involves drawing blood from various points of the body by creating small incisions (using a thin needle or blade) in the skin and then drawing out de-oxygenated “bad” blood through plastic or glass suction cups. This helps to detoxify the body by improving the circulation and purity of your blood.
Islamic Point of View
For Muslims, Hijama is also a part of Prophetic Medicine. There are many authentic narrations (Ahadith) by the Prophet PBUH that emphasise the benefits of Hijama. Some of these include:
Anas ibn Maalik (RA) reported that the Messenger (PBUH) said, “Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…” [Bukhari (5371)].
Abdullah ibn Abbas (RA) reported that the Messenger (PBUH) said, “I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (hijama), O Muhammad.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3477)].
Although Hijama can be performed at any time of the month