Let’s talk about cupping therapy in Islam. Hijama, or more popularly known as cupping, is a natural treatment that has a long history. This natural treatment can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Chinese and Middle East.
However, the establishment of hijama was done by Prophet Muhammad. The practice is encouraged, with not only earthly reward (having a good health) but also heavenly one (given reward by Allah for following the Sunnah).
History of Cupping in Islam
Let’s start with the history of cupping in Islam. The term “hijama” comes from “hajm”, which literally means “sucking.” The practice of hijama involves the application of cups to several points on the skin and the creation of a vacuum by removing the air from the inside of the cups.
During the Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime, he often practiced hijama and said that it is the best of remedies (the benefits of hijama are already proven, which we will discuss shortly). He also advised his followers to practice hijama as well.
Back then, hijama was done by using a horn as the cup. Today, the cups are made from other materials such as silicone or glass although the core principle remains the same.
Types of Hijama
There are two types of hijama, dry and wet. The dry hijama involves only the creation of vacuum and suction of the skin surface. The wet hijama, on the other hand, involves incisions.
• Dry Hijama
Dry hijama is practiced on the body or, if there is any, the painful areas. The purpose of dry hijama is to increase blood flow as well as gather the blood in the affected areas. Sometimes, dry hijama is also done in combination with massage. In this treatment, the cups are applied after the skin is oiled using olive oil.
• Wet Hijama
The process of wet hijama is more or less the same with dry hijama. The only difference is that wet hijama involves incisions. These incisions are done using a small, sharp blade razor or needle.
From the incisions, ‘harmful’ blood that contains impurities like toxin will flow. Since wet hijama is must be done carefully, make sure that it is done by a professional therapist to avoid infection.
When to Practice Hijama
Prophet Muhammad taught us that there are times to practice hijama and the times to avoid it. The best dates to practice hijama are these: 17th, 19th and 21st of the lunar month.
But if hijama is required for urgent treatment, it is recommended to do hijama immediately without waiting the best date. Hijama cupping on 17, 19 and 21 of the lunar month is recommended to maintain the health of various diseases because at the time the blood is being churned.
Hijama Cupping Benefits in Islam
There are two kinds of hijama cupping benefits in Islam. The first is, of course, the direct health benefits that you will experience. The second one is a heavenly reward from Allah since by practicing hijama we follow what His Messenger taught us.
According to the Prophet, hijama also improves one’s memory. Hijama is a treatment that is directed not only to one’s body but also his mind and soul. With hijama, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues can be alleviated. The practice of hijama is relaxing for the patient. It can eliminate depression and anxiety, too.
The health benefits of hijama are well-documented. Let’s see what the health benefits of hijama are now.
• Pain relief
• Treat muscular, digestive and respiratory issues
• Detoxification and cleaning the body from impurities
• Improve the immune and circulatory systems
• Help to lose weight
• Improve fertility
Time and time again the benefits of hijama are found. While hijama benefits our health significantly, its greatest benefit is that when we practice hijama, we revive the Sunnah. By reviving the Sunnah we will be rewarded by Allah, which is the greatest reward we can receive.
Hijama is not just an alternative treatment to improve one’s health. For Muslims, hijama is also a religious practice that the Prophet taught us to do.
So, should you practice hijama cupping therapy? Yes, you should. Hijama has already proven that it brings us many benefits. It is an alternative treatment with many benefits and no side effect so long as it is done by professional. There is no reason not to practice it.