What is Hijama ,involves cups being placed on your skin with mild suction. It is allowed to remain for 3 minutes and then the cups are removed. A small scalpel is then used to make tiny cuts on your skin and the cups are again placed on the skin with suction. Hence, drawing out small quantities of blood which contains harmful toxins from your body. Once the harmful toxins are removed the body starts to naturally heal itself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hijama is wet cupping. It’s derived from the word “Hajm” which means sucking. Hijama involves the method of performing small incisions on specific points on the body (depending on the condition and location of pain) and placing suction cups on these areas to draw out toxic blood.
Hijama therapy is a very beneficial treatment and can assist with a wide range of health conditions. Some of these conditions include:
- Chronic or acute pain
- Digestive health
- Menstrual health
- Prostrate problems and hormonal dysfunction
- Chronic fatigue
If you are taking blood thinning medications such as aspirin or warfarin etc then you cannot perform Hijama as the incision site will not close properly, hence increasing your risk of infection. Please see you doctor and they will advise if you are allowed to stop taking your blood thinning medications for a short period in order to perform Hijama or if you cannot. We will need a referral from your doctor under this circumstance.
It is also not recommended for someone with a terminal illness.
If the two scenarios mentioned relate to you, please inform the clinic when making a booking.
- It is recommended to be fasting from food 3 hours before your treatment
- Drink 1-2 cups of water before your treatment to assist with detoxification
- Before your treatment, take a bath or shower with intention of ghusl this will increase your blood circulation and relax your muscles before treatment
- Shave or clip the hairs around the areas you want to perform hijama before your appointment (if necessary)
- Wear something comfortable to easily change.
- Avoid strenuous activity that will make you sweat for 3-4 hours after Hijama to allow proper time for your incision sites to heal completely
- Avoid having a shower for 3-4 hours. A hot shower can open up your incisions and we want to avoid any chemicals on the site of incision. If you need to have a shower use cool water only and avoid scrubbing on the incisions.
- Avoid marital relations for a day to allow your body to recuperate.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or having fruits with lots of water such as cucumbers, watermelons or coconut water
- Avoid red meats as they take a lot of energy to digest the food and we want your body to recuperate after losing blood. We highly recommend green vegetables in your diet. You can have small amounts of white meats such as fish or chicken
- It’s normal to feel itchy the following day on the areas cupped especially if you play sport or are very active. Apply olive oil, black seed oil or moisturizing cream to the incision areas for the next 3 days. It will help the skin heal quicker.
- Do not rub or scratch the areas cupped
Types of Cupping
- DryCupping, – During Dry Cupping, the cups are placed over several areas to create a vacuum which lifts the soft tissue and creates an upward stretch within the muscle and associated fascia.
- WET/HIJAMA,- Wet cupping, unlike dry cupping, requires a skin incision. The skin incision can be made either before or after cupping treatment.
- MOVING/CUPPING , – Primarily, the focus for moving cupping would be on the back