Hijama, or cupping therapy, seems to be the thing these days. It’s all the fashion among celebrities, and even Muslims seem to be having a revival of this sunnah. I vaguely knew it was a thing in Islam, but I didn’t actually know until recently that it is something that people actually still do. Then I read this article from Ayeina, and was starting to think that it might be something for me to try out. On top of that, my own husband has had it done a couple of times, and keeps telling me just how good it is for your body.
For those of you who don’t actually know what hijama is, basically it is where you place cups on certain spots on your back/neck and create suction, then make tiny incisions in those spots and re-apply the cups to pull out all of the old blood.
Some of the benefits of hijama include (and these are just the ones I find most interesting, there are plenty more out there):
- one of the few viable long-term treatments for migraines, or headaches in general
- treatment for other kinds of aches and pains
- helps relieve fatigue
- helps with gastrointestinal issues
- can help with female fertility
- rebalances hormones
- greater emotional well-being
- it’s sunnah!
- it is relaxing and rejuvenating
Like everyone, when I first heard of what it was, my first thoughts were along the lines of “ouch” and “ick.” Continue reading “I Finally Had Hijama (and you should too!)”