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Hijama: A key to good health. Should we be taking this holistic therapy more seriously?

Updated: May 15

Hijama (wet cupping therapy) is increasingly becoming a popular alternative holistic therapy and method of pain relief for many people, but could it also be a key to maintaining good health?

The holistic therapy of hijama with a cup and incisions
Hijama is a popular holistic therapy

Health is more than just the absence of disease. If you enjoy good health to its fullest, you not only lack any specific ailment, but you have inner resources of energy and immunity and you feel content mentally and emotionally. Unfortunately, although we do sometimes experience this glowing state of health, few of us can maintain it permanently, living as we do in a state of constant change.

Today we look at some of the reasons why the popular holistic therapy of Hijama can be a possible key to good health and why we should consider making it a regular part of our long-term goal for a healthy lifestyle.


Your state of health can, in fact, be affected by many different factors. Your general physical condition and your ability to resist disease depend on your diet and lifestyle, as well as on your state of mind. External factors such as the weather, pollution, you’re living and working environments – will affect you too.

The human body has its own inner intelligence, whose sole purpose is to keep you healthy. Every night while you sleep, your body processes toxins, removes dead and damaged cells and replaces them with new healthy ones. However, when you overload yourself with too much stress and too little sleep, junk food, or even drugs, your body has to deal with all these toxins before it can begin to heal and rejuvenate.

Over time, your body’s ability to repair itself is weakened and this is the point at which you become vulnerable to illness. It is on this level that Hijama wet cupping therapy is especially useful. This holistic therapy can help put the body back into balance and even prevent the onset of symptoms and eventual disease by stimulating the body’s inner defences.

Traditional western medicine seeks to identify the offending pathogen and administer the appropriate drug to disarm or eradicate it. This form of treatment is now so universal that many people feel their condition has not been tackled seriously if they leave the doctor’s surgery without having being given a prescription.

For many people, taking medication is a daily occurrence. We find that as advances in scientific research improve our understanding of disease, more diseases are being thoroughly researched. with improvements in the field of medicine, more medications are now being developed and entering the public domain. As a result, most adults are now on some sort of prescription medication.


According to recent statistics, almost 90% of older adults regularly take at least 1 prescription medication. Older adults are also more likely than their younger counterparts to be taking multiple prescription medications.

Many people have talked about after having being on medication for several weeks, months or even years, they feel that they want to try an alternative, natural holistic method of achieving the same results, often without the side effects that are associated with taking prescription medications.

Although Hijama wet cupping therapy does help with reducing pain and inflammation, as well as promoting healing naturally, it does not attempt to treat serious conditions – in such cases you should always consult a qualified medical practitioner. However, it can make a profound difference to your health and wellbeing, alleviating long-standing chronic conditions, even improving your state of mind, reducing stress and enhancing your immune function and your energy levels too.

Hijama therapy aims to strengthen our inner defences so that healing takes place naturally and effectively. This is achieved by the removal of stagnant blood, sometimes referred to as ‘old blood’ which contains a vast number of unfavourable elements such as lymphatic matter, toxins, damaged cells, cancer/abnormal cells and bacteria to name a few. The stagnant blood is removed via small incisions which are made in the skin using a sterile blade, before cups are placed over the incisions and suction is applied to draw out the toxin-filled blood into the cups.

Hijama cupping therapy does not aim to draw out fresh blood such as that from arteries or veins, but instead blood which is ‘trapped’ beneath the layers of skin and within muscle tissue. This trapped blood is what is referred to as stagnation.

There is a visual difference between stagnant and fresh blood. The difference can be viewed when observing what comes out during a Hijama session. The colour and consistency of the blood which is removed, is usually darker and thicker than normal blood. The visual observance of the blood that is removed together with the colour of the skin after cupping, often can give an indication of the overall general health condition of the patient. We will aim to cover this topic in greater detail in a future blog article.


With the effect of the suction on removing this old blood, it has the effect of breaking up long-standing stagnation within the layers of skin and muscle. Once stagnation has been effectively dispersed/removed, this causes the body to make fresh new blood to replace the blood which has been lost. When this cycle is repeated every few months, the body is being cleaned from the inside. Organs, muscles, tissues, skin and the roots of hair are all being renewed with fresh blood supply, containing new nutrients and oxygen, helping them to function better and maintaining good health for longer.


Complementary therapies such as Hijama wet cupping have never been more popular. For some people they can offer real relief from certain symptoms or side effects of their conventional treatment. Generally speaking, this type of holistic therapy is safe if practiced by a qualified therapist, but always best to consult with a doctor beforehand if you have any concerns. At The Cupping Wellness Clinic, we are fully trained and qualified to carry out various cupping therapies including Hijama wet cupping, dry static cupping, moving cupping massage and facial cupping massage, all of which offer numerous health benefits. To find out more about these benefits, check out the Therapies page on our website.



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