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Hijama

 

Issue 5 - Mar 2013

Hijama is the Arabic term for wet cupping - is a process in which the blood is drawn from small skin incisions by vacuum for therapeutic purposes. The history of cupping goes back to ancient Egypt. Ebers Papyrus, the oldest medical textbook in the world, describes how Egyptians used cupping as a form of therapy in 1550 BC. Since then the Chinese, Jews, and Muslims have all practised it. Hijama is recommended by the Prophet Muhammad(s) in 28 separate instructions as a cure for different medical conditions. Muhammad even referred to the best areas of the body and the best timings for this procedure. One tradition says: “Whoever performs cupping on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic month) then it is a cure for every disease.” Other Prophetic traditions mention the proper areas for Hijama according to the point of pain or the kind of illness, like cupping on the top of the foot for leg pain, treating ulcers that occur on the thighs and calves and the interruption of menses and skin irritation on the testicles. Cupping on the hip is recommended for pain in that area, cupping under the chin for toothache, or pain in the face and throat, cupping on the bottom of the chest for the treatment of sores, gout, haemorrhoids, oedema and itchiness on the back and finally performing regular cupping on the two veins at the side of the neck and the base of the neck. Hijama practitioners believe that many bodily pains arise due to bad blood circulation. Hijama promotes healthy blood circulation and helps blood reach all parts of the body.......by Laleh Lohrasbi ... read more