Cupping Therapy

Preventative Medicine is an ancient traditional and complementary medicine practice. Recently, there is growing evidence of its potential benefits in the treatment of pain-related diseases. This article gives an overview of cupping therapy practice. Furthermore, this article suggests a new classification of cupping therapy sets, a new classification of cupping therapy adverse events, and an updated classification of cupping therapy types. – Preventative Medicine

Cupping (Hijama) Is a Preventative Medicine

Anas ibn Maalik r.a. reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said, “Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) and let none of you allow his blood to rage (boil) such that it kills him.” [Sunan ibn Maajah (3486).

Anas ibn Maalik r.a. reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said, “When the weather becomes extremely hot, seek aid in cupping (hijama). Do not allow your blood to rage (boil) such that it kills you.” [Reported by Hakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and he authenticated it and Imam ad-Dhahabi agreed (4/212).

In Cupping (Hijama) There Is A Cure and A blessing:Preventative Medicine

Abdullah ibn Abbas r.a. reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said, “Healing is in three things: in the incision of the cupper, in drinking honey, and in cauterizing with fire, but I forbid my Ummah (nation) from cauterization (branding with fire).” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5681),Sunan ibn Maajah (3491)

Jaabir ibn Abdullah r.a. reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said, “Indeed in cupping (hijama) there is a cure.” [Saheeh Muslim (5706)

Ibn Umar r.a. reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said, “Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. In it is a cure and a blessing…” [Sunan ibn Maajah (3487).

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Preventative Medicine

*Alaa ar-reeq in arabic means to fast until after being treated with cupping. Once the treatment of cupping has been completed, one may eat and drink.

Cupping (Hijama) In Its Time Is A Cure for Every Disease:Preventative Medicine

Abu Hurairah r.a. reported that Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.) said, “Whoever performs cupping (hijama) on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease.” [Sunan Abi Dawud (3861).

The Best Days for Cupping (Hijama):Preventative Medicine

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 Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said, “Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st…” [Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)

Ibn Umar r.a. reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) 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.” [Sunan ibn Maajah (3487).

Ibn Umar r.a. reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said, “Cupping (hijama) on an empty stomach is best. It increases the intellect and improves the memory. It improves the memory of the one memorising. So whoever is going to be cupped then (let it be) on a thursday in the name of Allah Keep away from being cupped on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Be cupped on a Monday or Tuesday. Do not be cupped on a Wednesday because it is the day that Ayoub was befallen with a trial. You will not find leprosy except (by being cupped) on Wednesday or Wednesday night.” Sunan ibn Maajah (3488)

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* ‘alaa ar-reeq in arabic means to fast until after being treated with cupping. Once the treatment of cupping has been completed, one may eat and drink. as for the Islamic day and night, the night enters before the day. So at sunset on Tuesday, Wednesday night comes in. Cupping (hijama) is best performed during the daytime between the adhaan of fajr and the adhaan of maghrib because yawm in arabic means daytime.

The Sunnah days for cupping (hijama) every month are when the 17th, 19th or 21st of the Islamic, lunar month coincide with a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. These are the best and most beneficial days for cupping (hijama). If one is not able to be cupped on the 17th, 19th or 21st (coinciding with Monday, Tuesday or Thursday) then any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday of the month. The most beneficial days for cupping (hijama) after the Sunnah days are the closest Monday, Tuesday or Thursday to the 17th, 19th or 21st of the Islamic, lunar month and Allah knows best. – Preventative Medicine

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