Cupping Therapy

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What is cupping (hijama)?
'Hijama' in Arabic is derived from 'Hajm' which means 'Sucking'. Cupping (hijama) is the process of applying cups to various points on the body by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum.

Cupping (hijama) is of three types:

1) Dry cupping (hijama): This is the process of using a vacuum on different areas of the body in order to gather the blood in that area without incisions (small, light scratches using a razor).  

2) Dry massage cupping (hijama) - This is similar to dry cupping (hijama) but olive oil is applied to the skin (before applying the cups) in order to allow easy movement of the cups. 70% of diseases, pains and ailments are due to the blood being unable to reach certain parts of the body. Dry cupping (hijama) and dry massaging cupping (hijama) allow the blood to reach these places.

Dry and massage cupping (hijama) may be administered any time of the day, any day of the week or month. There are no restrictions.

3) Wet cupping (hijama) - This is the process of using a vacuum at different points on the body but with incisions in order to remove 'harmful' blood which lies just beneath the surface of the skin. (It is recommended that wet cupping (hijama) is only administered by a cupping therapist).

Is cupping (hijama) a cure for every disease?

Cupping (hijama) is a cure for every disease if performed at its correct time. Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, "Indeed in cupping (hijama) there is a cure." [Saheeh Muslim (5706)]. There are specific points on the body where the cups are applied for each ailment.

Is cupping (hijama) from the Sunnah?
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, "Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah and the people practice it, he/she will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing…" [Sunan ibn Maajah (209)].

Authentic Narrations about Cupping (Al-Hijama)

Cupping (Hijama) Is the Best of Remedies: Hazrat Anas ibn Maalik رضی اللہ عنہ reported that Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, "Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…" [Saheeh al-Bukhari (5371)]. Hazrat Abu Hurairah b reported that Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, "If there is something excellent to be used as a remedy then it is cupping (hijama)." [Saheeh Sunan abi Dawud (3857), Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3476)].

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