Preparation for Hijama

Before Hijama

  • Patient should provide their complete medical history and any chronic illness.
  • Please inform me if you have any viral or bacterial infection. 
  • Please inform me if you are allergic to anything, especially latex, alcohol or betadine.
  • Please inform me if your skin is sensitive to mild heat.
  • Please inform me if you take Aspirin of any strength or quantity.
  • Please inform me if you have a history of Vasovagal or fainting.
  • Consult with your healthcare professional regarding cupping / Hijama if you have any health conditions.
  • Take a brief warm / hot body bath with the niyyah of ghusul, before the session to stimulate blood circulation and promote release of blood stasis.
  • Avoid eating or drinking unhealthy food or drinks on the day of Hijama.  Avoid eating for 3-4 hours prior.  Drink plenty of water and / or sports drink. You must not be fasting for longer than 4 hours.  You must no skip any meals.
  • A person should also abstain from sexual intercourse before the treatment
  • Wear something loose and comfortable.  In most cases I will need exposure to the back of your neck and full back.  Don’t wear your favourite party wear.  Even though, it doesn’t happen often but there is a slight chance of getting blood stain during or after session.
  • Pray two rakkat ‘Salat-ul-Hajja’ and make dua to give you shifa through this Sunnah remedy.
  • Hijama is a spiritual process more than a treatment; so have firm belief that success is in adapting the way of Prophet (saw) with any shadow of doubt.

After Hijama

  • To receive optimal health benefits, patients should take a walk for 20-30 minutes or more to keep the circulation moving.  If you feel dizzy or light headed, lie down right away and slowly stand up after 15 minutes if you feel better.
  • Resume eating one hour after the Hijama in moderation.  Drink plenty of fluids.  Refrain from caffeine and sugar.
  • Stay active for at least next 4 hours.
  • NEVER sleep or rest after cupping as newly dislodged living and dead blood cells could result in clotting.
  • Patients should refrain from showering immediately and not scrub the wound site for several days. Some itchiness is expected and itching should be avoided as it will contribute to scaring.
  • You must change bandage daily or as needed until the wound has completely healed.
  • Red marks from the cupping normally fade within a few days, depending on skin type.  Do not scratch the cupped areas.
  • The small shallow scratches that are necessary to extract the dead blood cells may take a few weeks to heal.  In some cases faded tiny lines of scarring may persist.