Saturday, 27 April 2013

Hijama for chronic back pain by Mudassar Raja of Hijama Nation

The following is a guest blog-post by Mudassar Raja of Hijama Nation who are hijama training providers.


Here is a case study for one of my uncles had very bad back pain for a couples of years. He tried everything, from pills to
physiotherapy but no help. He wasn't even able to get up from a chair without pressing on the handles of the chair and using his full body strength.

I told him to get Hijama performed. It took us a long time to make an appointment. Finally the day he was supposed to come to the clinic for Hijama treatment, he called me in the morning and told me that his back froze and he cannot move.
I picked up my mobile Hijama kit and drove to his house. He was in very bad shape. I performed some massage cupping first and then I performed Hijama on his upper back, lower back and hips.

By the time I was done with the treatment, it was about 12am. Later that night around 9pm, he went to see his family. He was sitting on the chair with handles. After about an hour, when he was ready to leave, he stood up without the support from the handles of the chair. He did not realise it till he walked a few steps. When he realised, he went back, sat on the chair again and got up again without the support.

His back pain had gone. He was literally jumping for joy! He was so happy. He said he like a 25 year old and he could not remember the last time he felt like that.

I told him to come back for follow ups but since he felt better with only one session, he never came back. It has been about a year now and he is talking about coming back for next session but overall, he has been feeling great.

The moral of the story is that with Hijama you can treat back pain as well as any other pain such as, knee pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, feet pain etc easily and immediately.

Muddassar Raja

Hijama Nation


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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Hijama in Dallas, Texas, USA

 Hijama in Dallas, Texas, USA
The following is a guest blog-post in the form of a written interview with Madiha Sharif, a female cupping therapist from Dallas, Texas, USA. 
Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up being a hijama therapist?
My name is Madiha Sharif. Originally I am from Pakistan, but grew up in Orlando, Florida. After getting married, I moved to Dallas, Texas. I learned about Hijama through a friend, and decided to research it in more depth. SubhanAllah it is such a great Sunnah that we were unaware of. I grew fonder of it, especially because Hijama also helped with food allergies. My daughter was diagnosed with celiac (gluten allergy) and I took this as an answered duaa from Allah SWT.
 - What particular illnesses/ conditions (if any), do you specialise / had the most experience in?
I have been practicing Hijama for a little over a year now. The most experience was the basics: migraines, shoulder stiffness, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and lower back pain.
- And do you find that in your experience, the conditions/illnesses that you have come across respond well to cupping (hijama) therapy? And if so, what are they?
Alhamdulillah, the patients have seen great results through the shifaa of Hijama that our beloved Prophet SAW has suggested for his ummah.
- Do you have any interesting case-studies that you can briefly share with us from your hijama treatments?
A female patient with polio on her right leg has seen great results in aiding with pain through Hijama. Many women had lower back pain complaints, and have seen tremendous outcomes after a Hijama session.

- Also what would you say about using cupping as a general preventative therapy and how often would you recommend this (once a month? once/twice a year?)
Well, if you are treating a chronic illness, I would suggest once a month. However, if it is for religious and sunnah purposes twice or thrice a year, just as our Prophet SAW recommended.

- As a hijama therapist, how often do you get hijama done yourself, and what for (if any specific condition) and who do you go to to get it done (since it is not an easy therapy to self-administer)?
There is a friend who has seen and learned about Hijama since childhood, through her parents and husband. She has practice as well, so I do go to her once a month for upper back and shoulder stiffness. I have tried many things for the left shoulder pain myself, but nothing compares to the relief I feel after having Hijama done on those areas. Alhamduilillah!

- What is the overall prevalance of hijama therapy in Dallas / Texas USA ? Is it available in hospitals and clinics as a valid alternative / sunnah therapy?
Unfortunately, the commonness of Hijama is not known here are at all. Slowly it is growing and the community is getting to know about it. The best way to spread the forgotten sunnah, is word of mouth. Alhamdulillah, whoever benefits, will eventually tell family and friends and so on.
- Whereabouts is your clinic or practice located and what services do you offer?
I offer Hijama in three locations. One is within my house. It is private and I have a room dedicated to it. Many females feel comfortable and are able to get the privacy they need. Also, I offer Hijama in a clinic along with an oriental medicine doctor. He has been practicing Hijama for the past 10 years.  Along with that, there is a community masjid that has a Hijama clinic solely for religious practice once a month on the 17th lunar day. They have one for females and one for males. I administer the female’s fi-sabilillah. 

Madiha Sharif


Dallas, Texas

Phone: (214) 603-3720

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Study a Diploma In Hijama Therapy by ICAHT in UK

The following is an announcement by Dr Rizwhan Suleman MChiro of the Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy, an organisation providing Hijama Training in UK


ICAHT (institute of clinically applied hijama Therapy) would like to announce the launch of its first diploma course in hijama therapy.

  • Over 20 hours of clinical training (with real patients)
  • Face to face class room teaching/lectures
  • Designed & delivered by Doctors and Hijama Specialists
  • Based on sound scientific understanding and research
  • Flexible teaching schedule (suitable for distance learning*)
  • Based at internationally recognised Leicester University Campus UK
  • Legally regulated certification**

(*With selected compulsory attendance dates. **ICAHT is an education category registered trademark, unauthorised use of certification is an legal offence)

Course description:
The hijama diploma involves a careful examination of the hijama procedure, undertaking an in depth study of its physiological mechanisms and interactions with human tissues and applying this understanding to live clinical cases and patient scenarios.  The emphasis of the course is to produce practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of hijama therapy while taking into consideration, religious, cultural, psychological and social implications of its practice. The course is scientifically based, founded on in depth academic research of the topics and shares an abundant wealth of practical & clinical experience that is to be embraced by its participants. 

The diploma  starts with an intensive face to face lecture based course delivered at Leicester  University campus followed by implementation of the theoretical study in a clinical lab based setting where 20 hours will be spent with a Qualified Doctor practicing hijama on real patients seeking care. This flexitime arrangement will be coupled with home work assignments, case studies and a clinical reflections portfolio that will be assessed at the end of the 6 month duration. 

Course topics include:

1.    Directions of practice
2.    Determinants of public health
3.    Influencing Factors of clinical outcomes
4.    Integrative healthcare
5.    Role of practitioner
6.    Historical contexts of practice
7.    Philosophy of physiology
8.    Proposed physiological mechanisms of action
9.    Review of scientific literature and its implications
10.  Equipment review
11.  Hijama Practical skills study
12.  Dry techniques and practical applications
13.  Infection control procedures and practice
14.  Self protection and inoculation injury management
15.  Wet cupping preparations
16.   Techniques of applications
17.  Signs of Pressure loss
18.  Significant anatomy
19.  Manual dexterity training
20.  Aftercare & wound management
21.  Important sites and their significance
22.  Common cupping points (covered by body part)
23.  Common cupping points (covered by conditions)
24.  Health history and Patient screening
25.  Important considerations in patient selection
26.  Absolute and relative contraindications to care
27.  Red flags and referrals
28.  Management of acute episodes in clinical care
29.  Physical examination & deciding where to treat
30.  Treatment plan prescribing
31.  Patient communication and Consent
32.  Patient compliance
33.  Legal requirements and implications of care
34.  Litigation and complaints management
35.  Importance of note taking and storage
36.  Religious implication and spiritual health
37.  Self protection and spiritual healing (ruqiya)
38.  Religious traditions and rulings
39.  Practitioner ethics, code of conduct and duty of care
40.  Manual techniques and methods of treatment

What is ICAHT?
ICAHT is an abbreviation for the Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy which is an organisation based in the UK specialising in teaching hijama therapy at the highest clinical level. The institute was founded by a small  a group of doctors, health professionals, academics and hijama practitioners with the goal of elevating the standard of hijama practice in the uk and furthering its understanding through research and clinical experience.

Who are the teachers:
Appointed Teachers for June 2013 diploma include:
Dr Rizwhan Suleman:
A chiropractic Doctor highly experienced in the field of musculoskeletal medicine and hijama therapy. The Founder and Director of Hijama Centres UK ( and an author of multiple articles on hijama therapy, back pain and shoulder disorders.
Br Nurudeen Hassan (BSc M.res):
A highly acclaimed Scientist & researcher practicing in the field of hijama therapy. Specialising in the fields of microbiology & cancer research.  
Dr Karim Idris:
A Medical doctor who has become a full time hijama practitioner specialising in traditional Islamic and Arabic medicine as well as a guest lecturer on the topics of natural health and prophetic medicine.  
Dr Hisham Jaber:
A Syrian Medical Doctor specialising in hijama therapy and a part time PLABs examiner.  
There are also a team of female practitioners that will be assisting in teaching female students.

When is the course?
Compulsory attendance is required on the 10th ,11th ,and 12th of June 2013 and the additional 20 hours clinical experience will be completed on selected dates over the following 6 months. The assignments and case studies will be completed at home and the course will end on the 10th Dec 2013.

Where is the course?
The course will be held at Leicester University Campus in England.

What is the cost?
The course is being offered at the introductory rate of £749 with the Early Bird discount. Additional concessions are being offered to already certified hijama practitioners and a travel allowance of £150 is being offered to students travelling from outside the UK.

How Do I enrol?
or email for further details 


ICAHT (Institute of Clinically Applied Hijama Therapy)

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7533 446 373



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Friday, 5 April 2013

Hijama for the treatment of migraine - a testimonial

Hijama for the treatment of migraine - a testimonial by a patient of Darul Hijama Cupping Therapy

"I had been suffering from regular migraine attacks for twenty years. Some of my symptoms included intense pain on either one side or the back of my head, and sometimes throbbing pain behind one of
my eyes.

When I experienced these symptoms, I became disabled, rendered useless and bed-bound. The intense pain was unbearable, as the symptoms also included flashing lights, high temperature in my head, nausea and severe vomiting for up to three days. 

These attacks would occur randomly from once a month to 4 – 5 times a week, lasting up to three days and nights. After each attack, I would lie down in a dark room for hours on end, with my life completely on hold until the attack subsided.

Sometimes I would find relief in medication, but that was only periodic. My body would find a way to become immune to the high doses of painkillers I would take just to numb the pain in my head.

I realised after some time spent observing that there were many variations that triggered a migraine attack. These included the weather, my sleeping pattern, stress, excitement, hormones, certain smells, hydration, skipping meals and some foods (dairy, nuts and high sugar content).

For years I took daily anti depressants and triptans for my migraines, until very recently, when a family friend introduced me to Hijama Cupping therapy. Initially I was sceptical and reluctant to try it, as no medication had cured me of my illness so far. I finally decided to try blood cupping, after a rather distressing migraine attack I was up for giving anything a go.

During the session cups were applied to my head, neck, shoulders and along my back. My first session revealed literally no blood stasis from my head, with only minimal from my back and neck. Even so after my session I felt a relief and a weight lift off my head and off my shoulders. I had only two attacks that month, that were triggered by hormones. I soon realised certain foods and lifestyle changes no longer threatened my health.

So far I have attended four cupping sessions, with a three week interval between each one. Alhamdulillah the more I go, the more blood stasis is revealed. 

I am now at a point where I get maybe one migraine attack a month. 

I hadn’t eaten Ice-cream in 18 years and after my first session I was able to have my first bowl.

Thanks to cupping therapy I can now stop worrying about when my next attack will occur. For once I am able to take care of my children and family rather than them taking care of me. It is the only remedy which has been able to relieve me of my migraines after trying everything the doctors had to offer for over twenty years. I would recommend this to anyone as it is a hundred percent safe and pain free. I owe my new life to Darul Hijama Cupping therapy.

- Sameeha Mangera

Darul Hijama Cupping Therapy


150 Blackburn Road


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