Hijama/Cupping is undoubtedly one of the best health practices ever known to humanity. It’s a miracle that eradicates the root cause of various ailments. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. cupped his body several times and also advised his Ummah to use cupping as it is the master of all remedies.
Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said, “There are no remedies like cupping and letting of blood” – [Bukhari]
Performing Hijama in Sunnah Days
The best days for cupping (hijama) are the 17th, 19th and 21st of the Islamic, lunar month which coincides with Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.
Anas ibn Maalik R.A. reported that the Messenger S.A.W. said, “Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st…” – [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].
Ibn Umar R.A reported that the Messenger S.A.W. said, “So cup yourselves with the blessing of Allah on Thursday. Keep away from cupping (hijama) on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to be safe. Perform cupping (hijama) on Monday and Tuesday for it is the day that Allah saved Ayoub from a trial. He was inflicted with the trial on Wednesday. You will not find leprosy except (by being cupped) on Wednesday or Wednesday night.” – [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3487)].
Sunnah Points in Hijama/Cupping
For general benefits, Hijama treatment or Cupping Therapy can be performed at almost all parts of the body. However, when looking for certain type of treatment, the points vary to the location of disease where the cup is to be placed.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. took Hijama treatment on various points. We are highlighting the particular points where the Holy Prophet himself got cupped, so are regarded as the Sunnah Points.
Between the Shoulders (KAHIL -upper back)
The area between the shoulders blades, most commonly in line with the inferior end of scapula is ideal for cupping therapy. This particular area is best for performing general Hajima as it is the area where toxins and impurities in the blood accumulate and stagnate especially around the 17th, 19th and 21st of the month. In traditional Chinese medicine this point is regarded as the meeting point of blood and is used for all blood disorders whether due to deficiency or excess.
When Prophet S.A.W. and his companions ate poisoned sheep presented by a Jewish woman, Prophet S.A.W and his companions used cupping between the shoulders on point Kahil as an antidote, yet several of them died.
The Center of his Head (Yafookh)
It is commonly used to treat all mental, emotional disorders, but also useful for headaches, epilepsy, neurological and endocrine disorders.
Abdullah Bin R.A. reported that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. took Hijamah on the center of his head (Yafookh) and he was in Ehraam while his journey to Makkah. – [Ibn-e-Maja]
Above the Nape Cavity (Qamahduwah)
Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. himself got cupped at this point, Prophet S.A.W. said, “Use Hijamah (wet cupping) on the Qamahduwah (above the nape cavity), for it cures seventy two 72 kinds of ailments” – [Tibrani]
Cupping therapy at this point is a cure for 72 diseases some of which include diarrhea, constipation, backbone pain and stomachache. It improves the health of pancreas and enhances the overall efficiency of digestive system.
Abu Dawood narrated that Jabir R.A. said that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. used Hijamah (wet cupping) on his hip because of a debilitation he suffered from. – [Sunnan]
Top of the Foot
This area is traditionally used to treat swelling, headaches, dizziness/ vertigo, abdominal pain, bloating & constipation. It can also be used to treat ADD/ADHD, mania, restlessness, palpitations and epilepsy.
Hazrat Anas R.A. reported that (while in Ehraam), Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. took Hijamah treatment on the top of his foot. – [Abu Dawood].