Although both methods involve the extraction of blood, there is a fine line drawn between blood donation and Hijama. Many bloodletting methods were practiced in the ancient times which focused on taking bad blood out from the body. In order to set a disparity between the two, there are some facts that will help you set aside blood donation and Hijama for good.
Blood Donation is the process of extracting blood so it can be used for a similar blood type receiver. This involves puncturing the skin through a needle that connects it with a major artery which allows the blood to leave the body through the needle and into the apparatus. This does not involve any suction since the blood flows with the gradient. The blood is then given to the person in need.
Blood donation however, was not possible during the time of Holy prophet due to the absence of proper medical apparatus and blood storing methods and equipment. Therefore, it was not practiced.
Blood donation also unconsciously causes some medical benefits to the body by maintaining the iron stores in the body at optimum levels. This prevents the risk of cancer and other iron deficiency disorders. It also prevents iron overload in the body which reducing chances of heart and liver diseases.
Hijama on the other hand is a therapeutic process of cupping blood from the body with medicated apparatus to cure the body from pain, diseases and unnatural illnesses. The blood taken out is stagnant, discolored and disposed after extraction. Hijama can be performed on any part of the body while blood donation can be done only on specific parts of the body.
Hijama is a dedicated method and Sunnah of Holy Prophet S.A.W only focused on restoring the health of the body and mind. It only causes positive effects and does not involve blood extraction from one incision.
Hijama is used for treating pain, inflammation, restoring blood flow, curing diseases, repelling and defeating black magic, relaxation and well-being. It also works as a deep-tissue massage for for the muscles.
Hijama and blood donation are two things with different applications, but share the same mode of extraction. Hijama has healing and therapeutic properties while blood donation is aimed to help others receive blood, but does give involuntary benefits to the body as well.