Hijama/Wet Cupping FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hijama

What is Hijama?

Hijama is wet cupping. It’s derived from the word “Hajm” which means sucking. Hijama involves the method of performing small incisions on specific points on the body (depending on the condition and location of pain) and placing suction cups on these areas to draw out toxic blood.

“Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping.” (Anas Bin Malik, sahih Bukhara 5371).

What is Hijama beneficial for?

Hijama therapy is a very beneficial treatment and can assist with a wide range of health conditions. Some of these conditions include:

  • Chronic or acute pain
  • Headaches
  • Detoxification
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Digestive health
  • Menstrual health
  • Infertility
  • Prostrate problems and hormonal dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue

Who cannot perform Hijama?

If you are taking blood thinning medications such as aspirin or warfarin etc then you cannot perform Hijama as the incision site will not close properly, hence increasing your risk of infection. Please see you doctor and they will advise if you are allowed to stop taking your blood thinning medications for a short period in order to perform Hijama or if you cannot. We will need a referral from your doctor under this circumstance.

It is also not recommended for someone with a terminal illness.

If the two scenarios mentioned relate to you, please inform the clinic when making a booking.

What should I do before my Hijama treatment?

  • It is recommended to be fasting from food 3 hours before your treatment
  • Drink 1-2 cups of water before your treatment to assist with detoxification
  • Before your treatment, take a bath or shower with intention of ghusl this will increase your blood circulation and relax your muscles before treatment
  • Shave or clip the hairs around the areas you want to perform hijama before your appointment (if necessary)
  • Wear something comfortable to easily change, as our Hijama period is very busy

What should I do after my Hijama treatment?

  • Avoid strenuous activity that will make you sweat for 3-4 hours after Hijama to allow proper time for your incision sites to heal completely
  • Avoid having a shower for 3-4 hours. A hot shower can open up your incisions and we want to avoid any chemicals on the site of incision. If you need to have a shower use cool water only and avoid scrubbing on the incisions.
  • Avoid marital relations for a day to allow your body to recuperate.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or having fruits with lots of water such as cucumbers, watermelons or coconut water
  • Avoid red meats as they take a lot of energy to digest the food and we want your body to recuperate after losing blood. We highly recommend green vegetables in your diet. You can have small amounts of white meats such as fish or chicken
  • It’s normal to feel itchy the following day on the areas cupped especially if you play sport or are very active. Apply olive oil, black seed oil or moisturizing cream to the incision areas for the next 3 days. It will help the skin heal quicker.
  • Do not rub or scratch the areas cupped

Can I perform other therapies after a Hijama treatment?

After your Hijama treatment, we advise you allow your body to rest for a few days so the incisions heal properly and the cupping marks reduce. Our therapists will assess your posture and lifestyle before your treatment. Your therapist will treat you holistically and may suggest other therapies to help bring you back to your optimal health, such as our in-house:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Dietician
  • Chinese medicine practitioner
  • Prophetic medicine consultations
  • Massage therapists

When are the recommended dates to perform Hijama?

According to prophetic medicine, it is recommended to perform hijama on specific dates in the month. These dates include the. There is a great wisdom behind Hijama therapy on these specific dates. Just how the moon affects the tide in the ocean, the gravitational pull of the moon also affects our blood circulation. Hence the best days to detox your body with hijama are on 17th, 19th and 21st of the lunar month.

Can i do Hijama outside of the recommended dates?

Yes you can! If you are performing hijama to treat a specific condition e.g. low back pain, arthritis etc then you can perform Hijama anytime. However, if you are performing Hijama because Prophet Muhammad (SAW) highly recommended it and you want a general detox for your body, then we suggest you call our clinic on 9793 8840 to know when the recommended dates for the month and book in then!

How long will it take?

Our hijama consultations are 30 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out our ‘health check’ form prior to your treatment.

Is Hijama painful?

The application of the suction cups feels like placing a vacuum cleaner on your skin and the incisions feel like a light scratch. Don’t worry, we have never had anyone unable to complete their hijama treatment due to pain. We do advise patients to perform slow relaxed breathing during treatment as this will help ease tension in your muscles and encourage better blood flow

How long till the cupping marks disappear?

The cupping marks will become very light in colour within the first week depending on your skin type. Generally the cupping marks will disappear within 10-14 days. Please avoid sun tanning while the cupping marks still show.

How often should I perform Hijama?

We suggest you perform hijama 2-3 times a year, it’s an excellent detox for your body.


If your therapists finds high levels of toxins coming out they may suggest placing you on a detox program of performing Hijama once a month for 3 months consecutively. The therapist will aim to determine the root cause of the excessive toxins, if it is diet related then they will refer you to see a Dietitian. If it is posture related, then they may refer you to see our Physiotherapist or Chiropractor.

How many cups will the therapist apply?

Your therapist will first assess and determine the purpose of the cupping treatment (e.g. for a general detox or for knee or low back pain, etc). The number of cups will depend on the size of your body and the location. We generally apply 9 cups for men and 5-9 cups for women.

Can I do hijama if I am pregnant?

Hijama is not allowed during pregnancy and can result in a miscarriage or premature labour, depending on which stage of pregnancy the woman is in. If you are experiencing aches or pains during pregnancy, it is best to seek other natural cures such as Physiotherapy

How long after birth can i do hijama?

We recommend waiting at least 2 months after giving birth before performing hijama to allow the body to settle and regain strength.

As a note, Hijama is an excellent detox after childbirth, especially for women who have taken the epidural injection during labour and are left with long term back pain.

Can I do Hijama if I am menstruating?

Yes, it is safe for women to have Hijama done while on their menses there is no Islamic or Medical prohibition. Unless a woman is experiencing a heavy menstrual period and is not feeling well.

Can I do Hijama if I am breastfeeding?

Yes, you can. It can help prevent cases of mastitis, which is a condition whereby the milk ducts get blocked causing the breasts to become very hard and painful, inducing fever and a risk of infection. We will never cup directly on the area of the breasts.

Hijama for fertility?

For those struggling to conceive, it is important to consult your GP to check for any underlying issues, before seeking Hijama. It is recommended to avoid performing Hijama when a female is on her fertile days and when ovulating, also known as the ‘fertile window’. This window will vary depending on the individual’s cycle.

After ovulation had occurred there is a chance that conception has taken place but may not show up on a home pregnancy test until 10-14 days later. Wait until the regular menstrual cycle has started before performing Hijama but always ask the patient to take a home pregnancy test before the Hijama.

The optimal time to perform Hijama for fertility is from the first day of the menstrual cycle up until the fertile days start (allow time for recovery from Hijama, before the fertile window). Along with Hijama treatment plan, advise the client to monitor general diet and lifestyle choices and make changes where necessary.

Can my child do Hijama?

We strongly recommend that Hijama is not performed on a child, unless there is a very strong need and there is a lack of alternative options. For children under the age of 16, they must be accompanied by their parent and we need a referral from their doctor.

Are there cupping sets available at the clinic?

At Masnad clinic, each patient is provided with a brand new cupping set as this is safer and more hygienic. We take full precautions during our treatment and follow health and safety regulations to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable treatment.

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