Hijama is a form of complementary therapy that utilises a partial vacuum to create suction on the surface of the skin. The word Hijama is derived from the Arabic word “Hijm” which literally means to suck.
The practice is more commonly known as cupping in the west as it often uses cups or cup shaped vessels to create the vacuum.
In modern times we seem to be advancing in many aspects of medical science, such as microbiology, genetic engineering, clinical imaging and more. We seem to be finding fascinating and innovative ways to sustain life longer and longer through advances in critical care and emergency medicine. Unfortunately however research shows that we are not necessarily living better lives as chronic illnesses and new diseases seem to be on the rise while general wellbeing is lower than ever.
But what is it that the people of the past possessed that we don’t? Or what is it that we are doing wrong in terms of sustaining and maintaining our health? There can be many answers to these questions but
he act of performing Hijama is a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad صل الله عليه و سلم and it is extensively reported in a wide collection of authentic ahadith. Its practice is strongly recommend and emphasised in a number of narrations. The practice of Hijama forms an integral part of Islamic Prophetic Medicine.
Hijama was a common practice of the Prophet Muhammad صل الله عليه و سلم and his companions for the treatment of a range of ailments as well as a form of body maintenance and health promotion.