If you are struggling with infertility, you may have heard of Hijama / Wet Cupping as a natural
and holistic therapy that can help you conceive. But what is Hijama / Wet Cupping, and how
does it work? This blog post will explain the basics of Hijama / Wet Cupping, its benefits for
fertility, and some tips on how to do it safely and effectively.
What Are The Types Of Infertility?
Infertility is the inability to conceive after 12 months of regular, unprotected intercourse. Infertility can affect both men and women and is classified into primary and secondary.
Primary infertility means that a couple has never been able to conceive, even after trying for a long time. This may be due to problems with ovulation, sperm quality, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, or other factors.
Secondary infertility means that a couple has been able to conceive before but is now having difficulty getting pregnant again. This may be due to age, lifestyle changes, hormonal imbalances, infections, or other causes.
Infertility is also categorised as unexplained or explained. Unexplained infertility means no specific reason can be found for the couple’s inability to conceive. Explained infertility means that there is a known cause or factor that is preventing conception.
What Is Hijama And How Does It Work?
Hijama derives from the Arabic word “hajm”, which means sucking and expansion. Stagnant blood and toxins accumulate in some body regions, causing pain, inflammation and disease.
By suctioning these areas, the hijama creates a negative pressure that draws out impure blood, fluids, and harmful substances. Thus, hijama stimulates blood circulation, oxygen delivery, immune system function and natural healing processes.
What Are The Different Types of Hijama / Cupping?
Hijama is performed in two primary ways: dry or wet.
- Dry cupping involves only applying suction cups to the skin without making any incisions.
- Wet cupping involves making minor cuts on the skin after applying the cups. Thus, more blood is extracted.
- Wet cupping is more effective and beneficial than dry cupping, as it removes more toxins and waste products from the body.
What Are The Benefits Of Hijama For Men And Women’s Fertility?
Hijama / Wet Cupping can have many benefits for fertility, such as:
- Improving blood circulation and oxygen delivery to the reproductive organs
- Stimulating ovulation and implantation in women
- Enhancing sperm quality and motility in men
- Reducing inflammation and infection in the pelvic area
- Balancing hormones and regulating menstrual cycles
- Relieving stress and anxiety that can affect fertility
- Detoxifying the body from toxins and waste products
- Boosting immunity and overall well-being
Where are the Hijama Points for Fertility?
Hijama / Wet Cupping for fertility involves applying suction cups to specific points on the body that correspond to the reproductive system. These points may vary depending on your gender and condition, but some common ones are:
- For women:
- around the navel, lower abdomen, lower back, inner thighs, knees, ankles
- For men:
- Front – lower abdomen, central chest
- Back – spine, sacral area
There are also some added cups placed over common muscle groups of the body, which add to the overall benefit of removing deoxygenated blood and reducing muscle pain and stiffness.
When Is The Best Time To Do Hijama / Wet Cupping For Fertility?
The best time to do Hijama / Wet Cupping for fertility depends on your situation and cycle. However, some general guidelines are:
- For women trying to conceive, the optimal cycle to do Hijama / Wet Cupping is two sessions per month for three consecutive months:
- Session 1 – 3-5 days before menstruation
- Session 2 – 3-9 days after menstruation
This can help to clear any blockages or congestion in the fallopian tubes, uterus, or ovaries and prepare the endometrium for implantation.
- For women with irregular or absent periods, Hijama / Wet Cupping can be done at any time of the month, preferably before ovulation. This can help to stimulate ovulation and regulate menstrual cycles.
- For men with low sperm count or quality, Hijama / Wet Cupping is optimal for two fortnightly sessions per month for three consecutive months:
- Session 1 – anterior body
- Session 2 – posterior body
This can help to improve blood flow and oxygen delivery to the testicles and enhance sperm production and motility.
What Does Hijama For Fertility Involve?
The suction cups create a vacuum that draws blood to the skin’s surface. Then, small incisions are made on the skin with a sterile blade or needle. The suction cups are reapplied to draw out small amounts of blood from these incisions. The blood is then discarded safely.
Discussing overall lifestyle, diet and regular exercise is also an important part of the session. A healthy and well-balanced diet, supplemented with regular physical exercise (e.g. 30mins of brisk walking daily), can assist in improving the body’s functioning and blood circulation.
This ultimately boosts the outcomes of hijama, thereby increasing the chances of fertility as the body is balanced.
The whole process of hijama usually takes about 30 minutes. It may cause discomfort or pain during or after the procedure, but this is normal and temporary. You may also experience light bruising or swelling on the treated areas, which will heal within a few days.
Hijama / Wet Cupping for fertility should be done by a qualified, experienced practitioner who follows proper hygiene and safety protocols. The practitioner will also advise the patient on preparing for the session, including having a glass of water and a small meal 2-3 hours before the session.