When Hijama is done professionally, it is absolutely safe.
Whether it is clean and sterile is dependent upon the quality standards practiced at the treatment facility. Some practitioners have a very informal practice in which safety is compromised or not based on any industry standards.
We, at Atlanta Hijama, strive our utmost to provide a clean, safe, and absolutely sterile environment for your Hijama treatment. We use disposable single-use SEALED fresh surgical blades, gloves, absorbent pads, and other tools to ensure that you have the highest quality Hijama experience. We also use a 2-stage anti-bacterial and anti-viral cleaning process on all tools and equipment that can come in contact with patients.
First, you should look for hands-on internship training from qualified professionals. Overseas, Hijama is regulated and requires proper medical schooling. However, unfortunately in North America Hijama is not accredited as a distinct practice from Cupping. So anyone can watch You Tube or a DVD and learn the technique. We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t learn Hijama. What we are saying is that Hijama is a divine medicine and should be treated with seriousness. A person should not buy Cupping equipment off eBay and start experimenting on themselves or their younger siblings! (as fun as that may sound).
Secondly you should look for is knowledge of the risks. A person should be professionally trained and certified to have adequate knowledge and experience with Hijama. Professionals with strong medical and Hijama knowledge should practice Hijama.
It is a GREAT SUNNAH. Moreover, Hijama is a therapy that heals but it can also prevent many major illnesses from forming before they occur. It does this by providing an overall detox and cleansing of the body.
We need to ponder:
For your entire life, you have been eating processed foods with preservatives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics.
For your entire life, you have been covering (cleaning) your body with synthetic chemical based soaps, shampoos, and lotions.
These habits have inevitably had an effect on your body. You want to detox your organs, and Hijama is the ultimate answer to that.
Treatments are available to detox your lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, gall bladder, bowel as well as provide support for the adrenals, blood circulation; and other major body systems.
To make things even better, when you visit our clinic we spend a lot of time educating you about phasing in a healthier lifestyle.
The process is not as painful as it sounds. If the person doing the Hijama is professionally trained, then the pain level can be very minimal. All of our patients appreciate the comfort and faster healing they get from our facility.
When done as dry Hijama (no cutting of the skin) or wet Hijama (barely a few millimeters deep like scratches or ant-bites), in both forms, a patient can experience slight levels of discomfort. As a patient, you are informed in your initial visit on how to indicate to your therapist when the pain threshold becomes uncomfortable. We only continue at a threshold you are comfortable with.
The most common side effect of cupping is the discoloration that occurs in the region a pressurized cup is placed on the skin. It is important to note this is not a bruise! Bruises hurt and these discolorations carry no pain. These marks are cleansed by the body’s lymph system so the duration is dependent on the efficiency of the lymph system.
Typically, a fit person who hydrates well will clear up in 5-8 days. When a person is under-hydrated or is not at optimal lymph flushing the discoloration could last 10-14
We are absolutely careful not to cup in areas where the discolorations are visible, such as the face. If we need to, we are trained in ways to minimize discoloration.
Another common side effect is a deep sense of calm and relaxation. For most people, this is a good thing. However, in some cases, the body is signaling the person to rest, as if it is recovering from a cold. When you are sick, the body sends you clear symptoms to stay home and take care of yourself. Hijama could send you the same signal via reducing your energy for a few days while it repairs and cleanses the treated areas.
The last side effect to mention maybe during the Hijama treatment itself and a person could feel light-headed, kind of like when your blood sugar drops. This could happen for any reason but usually occurs when the person is insufficiently hydrated or hasn’t eaten well that day. Care and best practices suggest that a person should avoid strenuous activity, and stick to good food choices and plenty of water.
Atlanta Hijama is run by Certified & Licensed Hijama Practitioners. We are certified by Hijama Nation of UK and Licensed by Pastoral Medical Association of USA. We are member s of The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) of UK. Dr. A Zaheer completed MBBS and Masters ( M.D.) from India and has fulfilled all Medical Boards in United States of America and, is also a Diplomate at Pastoral Medical Association, USA and, has been in the medical field for over 20 years.
Hijama works on many different layers of the human body. If you were to take a cross
section of the body you would find the following layers:
Tendons and Ligaments
Veins and Arteries
Amazingly, Hijama cupping is the deepest penetrating therapy that exists!
Think about when you are sitting in a car and someone closes the window- sometimes your ear pops. You feel the differences in pressure. Why then would a pressurized cup not affect all the way into the bone marrow of a person?
So what is the scientific proof? There are many studies. If you have access to EBSCO host or know a friend in the medical community who does, there are studies available. But, it’s not important that some universities or organizations decided to grant money for a study with a control group, etc. We all know about the limitations of such studies. What is important is that Hijama is from the Sunnah and that Hijama WORKS beyond human comprehension!
Anas ibn Maalik (RA) reported that the Messenger (SAW) said, “Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (Hijama)…” [Bukhari]
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) 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].
However, from other narrations, scholars conclude that those three days are great but NOT mandatory. Almost whenever Hijama is done, it is a CURE from ALL physical, psychological, and spiritual issues.
Hijama will help (by the permission of Allah) your illness by doing the following:
It will immediately loosen or completely remove pathogens, toxins, and fluids which were blocking the efficient passage of any or all of blood-flow, nerve function, hormones, lymph, energy, or magnetic forces. The benefit of this is to restore the body to its optimal function and enable it to use its own resources for healing.
Some examples of the results:
Hijama opens energy pathways in the body (meridians), which leads to relief of tension and stress and boosted immunity.
Hijama frees lactic acid which has accumulated in muscles i.e. trigger points, allowing pain relief and reduced inflammation.
Hijama stimulates blood flow and signals white blood cells to focus on an area of chronic pain, allowing pain relief and detoxification.
Hijama can stimulate the function of a vital organ such as the liver or kidneys, which will restore the body to balance and lead to clarity, freshness, efficiency, productivity, and an improved mood and outlook on life.
As practitioners, we see the results time and time again…
We recommend getting Hijama once a month for the first three months and, then repeat it once every three months. However, if someone has acute pain or other chronic issues, we might advise them to do more frequently.
A male may shave his head if he intends on getting cupping on the head. Cupping on the head is recommended because it is a strong Sunnah and has many benefits. However, it is certainly not mandatory. You can still take advantage of Hijama with other Sunnah points.
If a female needs Hijama on her head, we will assist her in the process of trimming some hair for cupping when she comes in for her appointment.
Hijama for ladies is performed by Dr Asma Zaheer, CHP who performs Hijama very professionally in complete privacy.
Our mission for practicing Hijama is to revive the Sunnah and means of bringing healing to humanity through the divine teachings of Messenger Muhammad (SAW). This is priceless. What we charge is merely for our time.
Historically, money was offered to healers out of respect, not by demand. Inconspicuously, money was concealed in an envelope or a gift was presented to the healer after the procedure was performed – with full manners and respect and with an intention to provide a gift.
Suggested Hadiya (gift):
Standard Hijama Session: $75 – $110
Advanced Hijama Session: $120 – $200+
Unfortunately, at this time Hijama is not accredited or acknowledged by any major USA health boards as a distinct medical practice on its own. The only accreditation for Hijama would be under Cupping performed by a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Acupuncturists, or RMT (Registered Massage Therapists).
Hijama, however, is not simply cupping. It is a very high level from mere Chinese cupping. Hijama is from our Sunnah and was taught to us by our beloved Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Thus it has a divine element to it. It is also distinct from other forms of cupping in that the Islamic view uniquely prefers some dates over others. For example, the odd days of the waning phase during the lunar cycle, or to avoid Wednesdays. Science has yet to catch up, but we know that these are truly the best days because it was taught to us by the Rasul of Allah (SAW).
The procedures administered by Atlanta Hijama are non-medical. They are not intended to treat or correct any human ailments, symptoms or conditions of any kind. Only your licensed physician can provide medical treatments.This is strictly religious and holistic remedy, per guidelines of Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).