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Hijama is a restorative process that aids in getting rid of unclean blood from the body. Also known as the cupping therapy, Hijama treatment is as old as the religion, Islam. Hijama in Islam was recommended by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) who declared it as one of the best medical procedures to cure many illnesses.
The therapy involves placing of cups at different points of the body to create a vacuum. Once the muscles have been pulled, blood is drawn to the cupped area and then small incisions are made to the area and cupped again to remove all the impure blood.
There are incredible benefits of Hijama and it works wonders for people suffering from various illnesses and medical conditions. The procedure literally sucks out all the unhealthy and impure blood from the body, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated, free from all medical problems. Conditions such as muscle and joint pains, digestive system problems, asthma, blood pressure, cholesterol and many more can be treated through Hijama. The procedure is very effective for boosting immunity and circulatory system as it detoxifies the body.
Depending on the illness or condition you’re suffering from, there are specified spots on the body that are cupped. However, hijama cupping on the back of the body, shoulders and neck delivers extremely positive results.
Aside from the advantages of this procedure, there are a few disadvantages of Hijama as well, if not performed properly. This is why it is always recommended that prior to starting the procedure, you should always make sure that the practitioner is authorized to perform this procedure and that their instruments are clean, sterilized and the place is hygienic.
Some common hijama side effects include soreness of skin (areas that were cupped), itching, burning, and development of slight bruising known as Hijama marks. Usually the healing process takes somewhere between 1 to 3 weeks, but a lot depends on the skin condition, age and blood flow.
Less common side effects of hijama are blistering, pressure burns and continual bleeding of scratches. In rare cases, patients suffer from scarring and infection. In such situations, patients experience swelling, redness and increased pain.
Even though the process is simple, there are a few dos and don’ts of Hijama. Considering these instructions will help you get the best out of your hijama therapy sessions.
A lot of people do not usually consider this, but make sure that you gradually increase your Hijama sessions. Speak to your practitioner, analyze your skin condition and then make a plan as to how you should proceed. When the cupping therapy starts, inform your practitioner if you start experiencing pain. If this happens, the cups should be removed immediately. This usually happens due to poor skin condition and also because the pain threshold of some people is low.
When going for your hijama session, make sure that you do not eat anything 4 hours before your therapy. Your meal should be light so that your body can digest it easily.
After the Hijama session is over, do not leave the clinic immediately. Owing to blood suction, your normal blood flow might be affected. This might cause light headedness or dizziness.
Remember to massage the affected (cupped) area with oil to soothe your skin. Another precaution to take after hijama sessions is to refrain from eating rich and oily foods. You should increase your fluid intake as it will help in detoxifying your body. Eat foods that will help increase metabolism and will help in building strength.