What Is Hijama
Hijama in Pakistan
Hijama has been practiced in Pakistan since 1947 but in old style and it was not common. But since 2000 its popularity has increased many folds when Dr. Amjad Ahsan Ali who was dean faculty of Medicine at Liaquat National Hospital introduced it to the masses and wrote a book about it named Al-Hijama published by Maktabatul Bushra. Dr. Amjad has trained thousands of his students in the safe practice of Hijama. Along with him some students of Abi Bakar who were from Africa and Arab also practiced Hijama in the same time frame.
Now the practice of Hijama is so wide spread in Pakistan that thousands of practitioners are practicing Hijama in only one city of Karachi. Hijama is also popular in Punjab and Islamabad. Some practitioners have also been reported in Baluchistan and KPK but their ratio is far less than Sindh and Punjab.
Hijamah or Cupping Therapy is a safe, non-invasive and economical way of curing and preventing many diseases. Though Chinese use of this method was limited to certain medical complications like lungs infection, colds, to treat internal organs’ disorders, joint pain, etc, the scope of hijama benefits is much higher than this limit. It is the Islamic way of treatment and its a sunnah of our beloved prophet Hazrat Muhammad S.A.W.W. “Dry Hijama” Dry hijama is practiced on the body or, if there is any, the painful areas. The purpose of dry hijama is to increase blood flow as well as gather the blood in the affected areas. Sometimes, dry hijama is also done in combination with massage. In this treatment, the cups are applied after the skin is oiled using olive oil. “Wet Hijama” The process of wet hijama is more or less the same with dry hijama. The only difference is that wet hijama involves incisions.
These incisions are done using a small, sharp blade razor or needle. From the incisions, harmful blood that contains impurities like toxin will flow. Since wet hijama is must be done carefully, make sure that it is done by a professional therapist to avoid infection.
Hijama In Islam