This section will be updated with questions that are asked frequently or to an assembled list of many questions and their answers.
Q: Does wet cupping (hijama) hurt?
Ans: Well it depends on the individual’s pain threshold; so far most of the patients we have treated did not feel pain. Some felt light pain and others felt very ticklish and they started to giggle/laugh, which we found a bit worrying lolz (joking). The reason why they were laughing is because their skin is more sensitive. People build a huge mental image inside their head of a blade with red blood and they automatically feel scared. The best way we can describe the blade cuts is that it is not deep cuts, probably lighter than a paper cut and several small cuts are made on the surface of the skin. There is nothing to be scared of, we are sure there are people out there who are going through bigger pains in life.
Q: Oh my Lord! Are you pumping out all of my blood!?
Ans: Relax! Take a chill pill we don’t want the blood to spill (Jokes aside). One thing you have to understand is that the blood that comes out is from the surface of the skin, it is not from the mainstream. If you are thinking your blood system only contains hemoglobin, platelets, plasma and white blood cells you are wrong, there are so many other junks that fly around in your body such as dead blood cells, blood clots, different toxins and pathogen please read our toxins section. Different people’s body gives different responses, sometimes hardly anything comes out from a person’s skin and that is not a bad thing. Because the cuts are very light the body heals the area very quick and automatically the blood stops coming out. We constantly analyze the patient if they are feeling well or not. Only in paradise you will be 100% pure and clean.
Q: How long does it take to do hijama?
Ans: Depends how many cups you do, the standard three cups on the back takes approximately 30mins.
Q: How often should I do hijama?
Ans: It is totally up to you, some do it every month as a preventative medicine in the sunnah days, which is 17th, 19th and the 21st of the Islamic lunar calender. Others do it after 3 months or 6 months or even after a year. Hijama is a detoxification therapy, there are other detox programs that people follow for example, they may start to have more fruits and vegetables, antioxidant drinks, cut down on fatty unhealthy foods and so on.
Q: Can hijama cure me?
Ans: Allah knows best.
Q: Can i do hijama if I had a miscarriage?
Ans: If you had a miscarriage recently we do not recommend hijama because after a miscarriage the body needs to rejuvenate itself, it can take close to 6 months to a year depending on the individual and how serious the miscarriage was, you must see your doctor before you try to conceive again. For sisters who had a miscarriage we strongly recommend to have a good nutrition diet with multivitamins everyday, believe me it will make a difference to your body. Avoid eating too much of carbs and spices e.g. rice, spice and red meat. Some shiekhs recommend for a woman after giving birth to wait at least 2 years before planning to get pregnant, because the body needs to fully recover and so on. You can try hijama after 6 months of your miscarriage (depending on what the doctor says and your situation), please make sure you are eating well and you do not need to fast before doing hijama. If you just ate we recommend for you to wait at least 2-3 hours before the hijama treatment.
Q: What are the side effects of hijama?
Ans: Possible side effects are feeling light headed, sick/nausea (especially in the morning on an empty stomach), fainting/blackout due to lack of energy and temporary bruising. These cases are very rare and only occur if the patient is very unwell. Unlike the drugs, medicines and operations done by allopathy which will have side effects. The cupping therapy is free from any side effects. Except few marks which will come due to the stagnation of blood which will remain for few days.
Q. How long the bruises will remain?
Ans: Bruises will remain for 7 to 10 days.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Remember that everyone is different. There are Some factors that will indicate the number of treatments you require; how long you have had your problem; if you have been on medication and for how long. Another factor could be your lifestyle, diet, excerse and even sleeping pattern
Q. How to treat vesicles appeared during cupping?
Ans: The appearance of water droplets on the cupping print or appearance of blisters, petechiae or extravasation of blood in the skin are all normal reactions. The appearance of vesicle means the wetness is heavy in the body; if the vesicle contains bloody water, it is the reaction of heat wetness -evil. For the small vescle, just carefully prevent any abrasion, and wait for its spontaneous absorption. When the vesicle is bigger, it often denotes the illness is more severe. Use a sterile needle to prick at the root of the vesicle, rapture it, and let the fluid passing out, and then apply antiseptic gauze to prevent infection. If there is no sterile gauze available, then prohibit any self-treatment, and send to hospital or clinics for treatment.
Q. What is the matter of air leakage during cupping?
Ans: The causes of leakage of air or not sucking on during cupping are mainly; the time of use is too long, the aging of rubber stopper or dirty substances absorbed on the rubber stopper; dryness of skin; hairs too much or too long; incorrect use of vacuum gum; insufficient air exhaust in vacuum gun, and others.
Q. What if there is no treatment for a particular disease with cupping therapy?
Ans: Alhamdulillah, as it is said by our Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam
The Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said:
If anyone has himself cupped on the 17th, 19th and 21st it will be a remedy for every disease. (Book 28, Number 3852)
If at all there is no direct effect of cupping on a particular disease (due to lack of research in that area) Cupping is very beneficial for the treatment as it strengthens the immune system, activate lymphatic system, increase the blood circulation, purifies the blood, removes toxins, Cupping will also increase the effect of medicines on the body
Q. I am a healthy person, why should I undergo cupping therapy?
Ans. Cupping Therapy gets rid of acidic toxic waste which accumulates in our bodies (blood stasis) as we grow older. Sources of toxic waste include the polluted air we breathe; toxic chemicals found in your food, water, drinks, household chemicals & toiletries; environmental waste in your neighbourhood; intoxicating drinks, narcotic drugs, junk food and smoking; waste products of normal body metabolism; products of medicinal drugs metabolism; impact of trauma and accidents on our body; and toxins from mental stress, anger, anxiety and depression. The blood stasis (stagnated or congested blood) slow down or block supply of blood via blood capillaries which deliver much needed oxygen, nutrients, water, mineral electrolyte, vitamins, enzymes, hormones and immune system cells & antibodies to your cells, tissues and organ. The blockage also prevents the removal of carbon dioxide, metabolic waste products and toxic substance which are excreted via our urine, lungs and skin. As a result your cells, tissues, and organs cannot function at its normal healthy level and become progressively weak, inefficient, and easily overcome by germs. This would cause tissue or organ to malfunction and infection to take place. Therefore you will experience symptoms of diseases such as aches and pain, numbness, fever, cough, stomach ache, constipation, diarrhoea and headaches. If left untreated further accumulation of toxic waste may lead to serious chronic diseases including hypertension, ulcers, diabetes, arthritis, alzheimer disease, migraine, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Cupping is a very good preventive measure