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Questions on Hijama

How does cupping work? What does it do to the organs & tissues?

Cupping/hijama is a negative pressure created or mechanised using a pump system on the skin. This in turn allows the blood to be drawn to the surface of the skin which in turn stimulates the organs and the tissues to correspond. It can help remove the adhesions between skin, muscle and fascia that cause trigger points and separate the individual layers.

The focus of hijama is to create a naturally occurring immune response which is formed as a response to the incisions. Hijama enhances the flow of blood, causes nutrients to the surface, ensures the removal of pathogens and eliminates stagnation. Cupping is also recommended by the Messenger and is a sunnah.

For a perfect all round hijama treatment, we at The Kupping Clinic recommend the general detox package, especially if you are a first timer. We’ll guide you through the whole process and make sure you are comfortable. It involves a full back massage to prepare the area for cupping. Then we move on dry and wet cupping specifically targeting areas of stagnation on the back.

What kind of incisions do we make?

We make superficial scratches spaced well and evenly apart within the cupping zone. We do not go over the same cut twice, if in doubt that the cut was made or not, we leave it.  All our practitioners here at The Kupping Clinic have the necessary qualifications to practice hijama, as well as possessing general first aid training and mental health first aid training.

How will my skin react?

Different types of skin reaction after cupping can be a good indicator of which areas were affected by stagnation. Dark or purple shades normally indicate stagnation and poor blood circulation. Light or pink shades indicate that the person is generally healthy, and they have a good amount of blood circulation.

Does the amount of blood that is let define the quality of a hijama session?

No, as each individual will vary depending on their lifestyle.

Can I receive cupping during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Under no circumstance should the pregnant woman receive wet cupping. Dry, Massage cupping is permitted only in the end of the last trimester depending on professional medical advice. Healthcare professionals have advised breastfeeding women should wait approximately 6 months of lactation and seek professional medical advice before receiving wet cupping, as loss of any nutrients in the bloodstream may impact the mother and her breastmilk.

Fertility in both men and women, how can cupping help?

For men, depending on the cause, cupping can also help with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and impotency. It can improve the quality and quantity of sperm, particularly in conjunction with dietary and lifestyle changes.

For women, it can reposition the uterus, balance the hormonal system, enable the uterus to cleanse itself of old blood including clots, increases blood circulation to the uterus and stimulate further blood flow.

Many couples struggle to conceive and we understand it can be very hard for them, especially when they feel like there is no one left to seek advice from. Naturally, we want to make things less difficult for such couples that are seeking hijama treatments to help improve their chances of conceiving.

That's why we at The Kupping Clinic do consider couples trying to conceive for tailored and affordable treatment plans depending on the circumstances we are presented with. For more information please contact us by email: or phone: 02071937618.

What are the Sunnah Points?

Several narrations indicate that the Messenger had hijama done to these areas of his body. May peace and blessing be upon him.

  1. Yafookh - back/top of the head.
  2. Qamahduwah - middle point below the yafookh.
  3. Akhdain - the 2 points below the Qamahduwah.
  4. Kahil - below the neck between the shoulder blades.
  5. Waraq - 2 point below the abdomen.
  6. Dhahr al qadam - tops of both feet.

At The Kupping Clinic we provide a great package which covers all the sunnah points. This treatment is perfect to help alleviate one from headaches, stress and neck pain. It is also beneficial for fertility. It involves a full back massage. Then we move on to dry and wet cupping specifically targeting the sunnah points of the body.

Ahadith relating to Hijama specifically.

"Healing is in three things, a gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire. But I forbid my followers to use branding with fire." - Narrated by Ibn Abbas. Bukhari.

"Cupping on an empty stomach is that best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory…"Narrated by Ibn Umar. Ibn Majah.

"Indeed in cupping there is a cure."Reported by Jabir ibn Abdullah. Muslim.

"Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping…"Reported by Anas ibn Malik. Bukhari.

"Whenever someone would complain of a headache to the messenger, he would advise them to perform cupping." - Dawud.