Hijama, also known as cupping therapy, is a very ancient treatment. First Hijama practices were reported in Egypt around 1500 BC. Somehow, later on, this treatment lost its popularity.
However, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) has revived this old treatment during his time. He has mentioned numerous benefits of cupping and called it ‘the best cure’. Also, he (PBUH) has himself applied this treatment numerous times.
Apart from Islam, today’s medical science also accepts it as the best treatment for various ailments.
For example, China has been practicing cupping therapy since the 1950s in its hospitals. According to Wikipedia, cupping was most popular in China in 2012.
Benefits of Hijama in the Light of Sunnah & Sayings of Prophet (PBUH)
Multiple Ahadees have highlighted numerous benefits of Hijama (cupping) as below:
Hijama strengthens Memory
Cupping therapy can boost our memory. Hazrat Abdullah Bin Umar (R.A) narrated that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
Hijama enhances brain and strenghtens memory.Mustadrak Al Hakim; Hadees # 8655
Cupping therapy helps in improving Eye-Sight
Another benefit of cupping therapy is that it improves eyesight. Narrated Hazrat Abdullah Bin Abbas (R.A) that the Prophet (PBUH) said:
Cupping therapy improves vision and lightens back.Mustadrak Al Hakim; Hadees # 8658
Cupping Therapy is Good for Heart
It is mentioned in Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadees # 2510 that the Holy Prophet PBUH did cupping in the mid of his shoulders.
Hazrat ‘Maulana Muhammad Masood Azhar’ has explained in his booklet ‘Al Hijama’ as; ‘the point in the mid of shoulders is directly connected to the heart which shows that hijama is also good for the heart’.
Treating headaches with Hijama
Hijama is also the best cure for headaches. Today, medical science proves it.
Hazrat Salma (R.A) narrates that:
Whoever complained of headache, the Prophet (PBUH) suggested cupping to him; and whoever complained of pain in the foot, the Prophet (PBUH) suggested him to apply henna on it.Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadees # 3858
Hijama can Cure Leprosy, Vitiligo & Melancholia
Hazrat Abdullah Bin Umar (R.A) narrates that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
Cupping in the head is beneficial for melancholia (junoon), leprosy (jazam) and vitiligo (bars).Al Tabarani, Hadees # 10938
Furthermore, Hazrat Maulana Masood Azhar has mentioned multiple other benefits of cupping in his booklet ‘Al Hijama’; based on his studies.
Following are two prominent benefits cited from that book.
- Hijama breaks and cures magic.
- It extricates toxic elements from blood and skin.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy according to Medical Science
Hijama has numerous scientifically proven benefits. Multiple scientific studies show that cupping can;
- treat neck or back pain.
- cure skin diseases like acne and hives and makes skin more lively and attractive by increasing blood flow to skin and muscle.
- treat cholesterol levels by lowering them.
- help to cure migraines.
- treat knee arthritis.
- control high blood pressure.
- improve immunity.
- drain toxic fluids and elements from the body.
To cap the whole discussion, healthy blood in a body keeps the whole body healthy and fit. Hijama is an ideal treatment to purify the blood. It removes toxic elements from the blood.
Ultimately, the blood pressure becomes normal, cholesterol levels lower, immunity improves, brain cells strengthen, muscles and skin become more energetic, and body cells become active.
In short, cupping is recognized as an ideal therapy or treatment for multiple diseases as described above. Moreover, this old therapy is also capable of curing newly emerging diseases today.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Hijama Painful?
The answer is ‘No!’. While small cuts on skin with blades and outflow of flood seem very intimidating; this isn’t painful at all.
Is it Sunnah?
Yes! Cupping therapy or Hijama is Sunnah.
Is Cupping Therapy Good for Depression?
The straightforward answer is ‘Yes!‘. You can read more on it.
Is Hijama Good for Ladies?
Yes. It is equally Good and Recommended for both genders, male and female.
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