Hijama (Cupping) Therapy originated around 5000 years ago. Greek, Arab, Indian, Chinese, Turkish and many other cultures have known and used its healing powers for many years. No wonder Hijama has been strongly recommended by our beloved Prophetﷺ.

Narrated Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu:

The Prophet ﷺ said: The best medical treatment you apply is cupping.1

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radiyallahu anhu:

The Prophet ﷺ said: I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (hijama), O Muhammad. 2

Hijama is an integral part of Islamic medicine. It is a safe and non-invasive procedure that can not only cure many diseases but also prevent them.It has no side effects if performed properly.  Even modern science approves this therapy for treating many ailments and endorses its benefits.It can be performed almost anywhere on the body.

Narrated Abu Kabshah al-Ansari radiyallahu anhu:

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to have himself cupped on the top of his head and between his shoulders, and that he used to say: If anyone pours out any of his blood, he will not suffer if he applies no medical treatment for anything.3

By doing Hijama, you can revive the Sunnah of Prophet ﷺand earn rewards in the Hereafter. Moreover, it strengthens both your physical and mental health. Prophet ﷺ also recommended specific timings for performing Hijama.

Narrated Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu:

The Prophetﷺ said: If anyone has himself cupped on the 17th, 19th and 21st it will be a remedy for every disease.4

Benefits of Hijama

Blood Detoxification

The main cause of many illnesses is the accumulation of acidic toxins and impurities in your blood. How can you stay healthy when the blood circulating in your body is full of toxic waste? Hijamah gets rid of this unwanted and harmful blood and improves the performance of your body organs. With purified blood flowing in your body, you can prevent sickness and recover quickly if ill.  The effect of this cleansing treatment is quite visible after a few treatments such as noticeable improvement in one’s complexion.

Improved Blood Circulation

Your health is dependent on the circulation of blood and body fluids such as hormones and lymphatic fluid. Your body suffers a lot if the flow of these fluids gets stagnated. Hijama draws out the congested blood and increases the circulation of blood and plasma.It remedies all the diseases and disorders associated with failure of blood. When blood reaches all your organs properly, your body functions are better regulated, and you feel healthier.

Better Immunity

Hijama strengthens the body’s resistance against illnesses by improving your immune system. It kicks off the defensive mechanism of your body. When small incisions are made on the skin, the defensive cells get activated to heal the bruised area. This prepares your body to fight against diseases and so prevents illnesses.

Pain Relief

One of the biggest advantages of Hijama is in reducing pain and stiffness of muscles and tendons. It removes stagnated blood from the area of discomfort and increases the flow of detoxified blood, allowing fresh nutrients and oxygen to reach those areas and giving instant relief. This results in increased elasticity of your muscles and better performance of body organs.

Regulation of Body Systems

There are endless benefits of Hijama. Performing Hijama on the corresponding points on the body is used to treat disorders such as liver and kidney problems, respiratory diseases, digestive disorders and some gynecological disorders. Due to its strengthening and stimulating effects, it has been used successfully to regulate body systems and treat several conditions. Hijama can cure headaches, back pain, arthritis, injuries, asthma, cellulite, fatigue, anemia, depression and emotional problems, atrophy, sciatica, common cold and flu, skin problems, blood pressure, menstruation problems in women, weight loss, infertility, constipation, diarrhea, and more.

Hijama is not only beneficial in this world but also has infinite heavenly rewards.  Prophet ﷺ performed this treatment many times and regarded it the best form of medical care. This alone is enough reason for any true believer to carry out this act.

Have you done hijama? What was your experience like? Please share it with us in the comments section. 🙂

About the Author:

Sofia is a housewife during the day and a writing ninja during the night, and is based in New York. She got the writing bug way back when she was in school, and after writing several stories that never got published she started blogging which she loved doing. She typically writes about alternative therapies, health, fitness, home decor etc. She loves her kids more than anything, and she treats her writings as her kids as well!

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19 replies on “Top 5 Benefits of Hijama”

  • fzfatima423@gmail.com'
    April 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    yes, i had done hijama 2 times. it cures me spiritually and physically the body aches were reduced. Alhamdulillah

  • Ibraheemwas@yahoo.co.uk'
    Abu Aisha
    April 13, 2017 at 9:48 am

    As Salam alaikum, were can we get hijama in Nigeria.

  • Aalkizim@hotmail.com'
    April 14, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Cured me of depression and sleep disorder AlhamduliLlah

    • syedsamdodi@gmail.com'
      February 8, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      SALAAM could you please tell me what parts of the body you did Hijama and how many sessions?

  • mdkazim42@gmail.com'
    April 14, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I also want to do hijama.
    i live in kolkata.i am suffering from liver and kidney problem.can you plz tell me hijama will be good for me or not?
    and where will i do hijama in kolkata.

    • sulemankhan11142@yahoo.com'
      August 4, 2017 at 9:39 am

      yes it will definitely help you a lot. the same was problem with me but now i am 100% healthier

      • samin.shad789@gmail.com'
        Md Aminuddin
        November 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm

        It is in Park Circus near beg Bagan ..You can contact Ahle Hadith jamat Kolkata .You can visit Islamic books near park circus or Tantibagh Able hadith Masjid

  • roanaq3000@gmail.com'
    Roanaq Osman
    April 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Jazakallahu Khairun for the beautiful article. I live in Minessota USA. Some who have done Hijama are left with sour taste because the improper hygine. Done by those who watched YouTube.
    I would like to take your permission to use this article as means to make people understand the science behind Hijama. Many have done Hijama but were stuck between halal and haram and ended up in division but you make things clear.
    Please email me with your permission: roanaq3000@gmail.com

  • naf247@gmail.com'
    April 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks & God bless, really educating. Have done one before, still intend do go for more

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  • zoshi.natnoo@gmail.com'
    Shabir Ahmed
    October 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I have done hijama at Doda of Jammu & Kashmir.

    Now i am feeling better …

  • syedmajidalishah@gmail.com'
    Syed Majid Ali Shah
    November 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Dear Writer,

    I believe the best way of doing Hijama is by Donating Blood, as technology has advanced and we can store blood for months now. Understanding that Deen e Islam is for all ages to come, the provision from Rasool uLLAAH SalliLAAH o ALeihi wa Aalihi Wa Sallam allows us to do so. On the contrary these day, doing it the ‘Cupping’ way actually makes the out-flowing blood as useless, as it clots immediately.

    In addition, donating blood moves ahead by helping saving lives, which is straight in-line with the word of Qur’aan, that saving a single human life is saving humanity.

    Hope this will open new doors of understanding and practicing Islam.

      August 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Hijama removes toxins from the body, you want to put that bad blood in your body?
      Blood donation is take direct from the veins, Hijama is very different the incisions do not go that deep. The target is to remove impurities that are trapped under the skin.

      please do some research before you offer advice.

      Certified Hijama therapist in UK

    • shahnazreen324@gmail.com'
      Umm naz
      November 16, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Brother we are allowed to donate blood in Islam…there are blood donation camps in gulf countries too….Hijama Therapy rids the body of harmful pathogens by drawing out the excess blood lying dormant underneath the skin. Research has shown considerable pathological differences in the healthy blood in the veins and the stagnant blood underneath the skin.

      Hijama forces the body to increase its blood circulation and boosts the immune system allowing the body to use its natural resources to heal itself. It is a natural way to alleviate pain and treatment many illnesses.

  • riyuddon@gmail.com'
    November 25, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Assalamu alaikum WA rahamatullahi wa barakatuh
    My wife suffering from pleural effusion and acute cholicystitis… Hijama will cure those conditions..means we don’t want to go for allopathic medication.
    Plz reply

  • faatinaahmed@hotmail.co.uk'
    August 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Hey asalamwalikum,

    I have been doing hijama for about three years now and alhumdullah it is very effective and addictive masha’allah. I feel lighter & more energised every time i do a session. I always look forward to my next hijama.

    Happy wet cupping xx

    Ma’salamaa 🙂

  • info@hijamaislamia.com'
    September 15, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Asslam O Alaikum Sir, Its really a very helpful information about Hijama, I am also running a Hijama Center in Pakistan. Thanks for sharing.

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  • shehzadhasan10@gmail.com'
    April 23, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Hijama therapy is effective in treating many conditions including digestive problems, joint and muscle pain, asthma, sciatica, fever, skin problems, low fertility and so on. It improves blood circulation, reduces accumulation of blood and lymph, and maintains a balance of the body’s systems.