Cupping therapy aka Hijama has gained immense popularity all over the world including Europe, America and Australia. However, there are some precautionary measures for hijama that must be considered before cupping, in order to avoid complications.
- Elder persons with insufficient blood must not practice Hijama until it’s inevitable
- Children suffering from Dehydration.
- People with chronic liver diseases, valve transplant, dialysis, himophelia, psychiatric disorders, cancers, ligament rapture, swelling knees and blood pressure disorders must consult their doctors.
- Hijama should not be done immediately after bath and vomiting and avoid eating till an hour after hijama.
- Pregnant women must not be cupped in the first three months of pregnancy.
- The subject must be relaxed and is not in the state of fear or panic.
- Blood donor must wait for two or three days.
- People suffering from hemophilia and blood disorders in which blood does not clot, should not have Hijama done.
- In case of swollen knees the cup should not be applied directly on swelling.
- If the veins of foot are swollen, the cups should be applied well away from the swollen veins with extreme care.
- Diabetic patients must have their sugar checked before Hijama and must be between 100 and 140 mg and cuts must be made very light.
- If subject gets fainted or shaky, he should be given juice or water.
- It is perfect to perform Hijama on empty stomach.
Ibn Umar R.A. reported that the Messenger S.A.W. said, “Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach is best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory. 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)].