Monday, 1 June 2009

A hijama experience from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


A hijama experience from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia- By Tara Umm Omar

This is a guest-post in the form of a written interview with Tara Umm Omar, a hijama patient in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

- What condition did you suffer from?
I experienced recurrent pain in the small of my back.

- Where do you live and where did you go for the hijama therapy?
I live in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My friend cupped me in the privacy of her home.

- What did the treatment involve?
She cupped me in 9 hijama points: 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 20, 21, 22, and 23.

- What was the result?
There was a point when I think my iron got low because I felt nauseous and as if I would faint. My friend stopped and reminded me to recite the Shahada, Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah An-Nas, Surah Al-Falaq, Ayat Al-Kursi, the last 2 ayat of surah Al-Baqarah. I started to feel better immediately and this confirmed the healing power of the above soorat and ayat alhamdulillah. The next day I was energetic and have not experienced back pain until recently. The time between hijama and the returning pain was a little more than one month. However its not as painful as it was before and not continuous.

- What was your overall impression of the therapist and her practice?

I was satisfied with the way my friend conducted herself throughout the procedure. She was always attentive to my needs, often asking me how I was. My cuts healed nicely within a week masha'Allah.

- How did your friend get to learn hijama therapy (was it a course she attended or was it something handed down from generation to generation in her family)?
She attended a course and learned from her mother and aunt.

- How long has your friend been practicing this therapy, and is it a service she provides to all who need it or is it only for family and friends?
She practiced a long time ago in Jakarta, Indonesia but only for those who needed and believed in hijamah. She only performs it upon her family and friends.

- How long did the treatment last and how much did it cost?
Two hours. My friend refused to take money even after I insisted because she did it feesabillah.

- Overall impression of the therapy?
I loved it and my only regrets is that I had waited so long to get it done. I can't wait until I get cupped again insha'Allah.

The last two questions have been answered by three people as I am only a recent patient in hijama therapy and wouldn't be able to provide details...


- What is the overall prevalance of hijama therapy in Saudi Arabia? Is it available in hospitals and clinics as a valid alternative / sunnah therapy or is the official government policy to try and ban it (you sometimes hear conflicting reports!)?
- If you know of any clinics / hospitals that provide hijama therapy in Saudi Arabia (and particularly Makkah and Madina), then where would you recommend people to go for this therapy, especially when they go to perform Umrah?

Fatima Jada: As far as I am concerned, there are special clinics for hijama. My mum and sister went to a hijama clinic in Makkah recently and alhamdulillah were very satisfied with the treatment. They compared the clinic to most international clinics with modern medical equipment accompanied by a clean sanitary environment. I don't think the government would ban such an important Islamic therapy approved in the Sunnah. I know of clinics in Makkah, Madina and the Qaseem area and would recommend it to anyone interested in trying this alternative therapy, insha allah.

Labeebah Sabree: There are several clinics in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh that provide Hijama and it is considered a valid and recommended medical practice. I am sure there are clinics that provide this service in Makkah and Madina but it is not recommended to do it while performing Hajj or Umrah since bleeding would invalidate their ihram (state of purification). They would only do this after performing their rituals outside of Hajj or Umrah as it is too busy during these times.

Hanan Umm Ahmed: I know that some people do it out of their homes or yes there are some clinics which offer this. As far as clinics or government trying to get rid of this, well, I doubt that as it's a known sunnah of the Prophet. I have not heard anything about this however I do know that many regular doctors who are brought up in the traditional medicine theory do not open up for such ideas.
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Our thanks to Tara Umm Omar from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for sharing the above post. If you have a question for Tara or if you have had experience of hijama therapy in Saudi Arabia, then please share it via a comment* below.

If you are a hijama therapist or patient and are happy to share your knowledge or experience via a guest blog-post like the one above, please send me an email to: hijama.mail@gmail.com.

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10 comments:

  1. Thanks again Tara for that interesting post about hijama in Saudi Arabia.

    One thing I wanted to follow up on (and I expect some of the blog readers have the same question) is:

    You mentioned you were cupped at 9 points:
    1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 20, 21, 22, and 23.

    Does this mean that the therapist was consulting a 'cupping chart' (a bit like the acupuncture charts) to locate these points.

    Secondly, if yes, can you also find out whether this chart is identical to the acupuncture charts (as I understand from some therapists that although similar, they are not identical)

    Thanks

    Shuaib

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  2. You're welcome Shuaib. My friend told me that she selected the points based upon memory and experience. And yes some of the points are similar for acupuncture

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    1. Hi Miss Tara, can u please give me ur friend or any other female expert contact details to take my wife there for checkup....
      kandarwal@yahoo.com

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  3. i am quite new here in riyadh, and would really appreciate if i could be directed towards a place where they do hijama, ive heard its illegally done in shumaisi, but the sanitity issue is a problem there...if u are aware of any other places where it is done, kindly let me know.
    thanks

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  4. Asslamualaikum,

    I am from riyadh 9months ago i went one shopping center with my friend in that shopping center we find one hijama kit and we see that HIJAMA KIT AND MY FRIEND TOLD CAN WE CHECK HOW IT WORK.
    IMEDEATLY HE TAKE ONE PIECE AND HE PUT ON MY BACK HE PUMP THREE TIMES AND TAKE IT OFF IMEDEATLY VERY FAST, AND JUST ONE MINUTE AFTER 15DAYS I FIND THAT SOME ITCHING TO ME ON BACKSIDE SAME PLACE.

    NOW I AM FROM 7 TO 8 MONTHS I AM FEELING PAIN ON THAT AREA MAY BE ITS BLOOD CLOT THERE IN MY BACK SHOULDER SIDE.
    CAN PLEASE GIVE SUGGESTION TO REMOVE THIS BLOOD FROM MY SHOULDER.
    I AM VERY THANKFULL TO YOU.

    SAJID SIDDIQHI
    RIYADH
    050-84-31-732
    mail sajidsiddiqhi@gmail.com

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  5. yes Sajid one solution of your is that you should go for wet cupping therapy to solve this problem.may be the blood clot in your back is due to your dry cupping which suck your blood and stay at your skin upper side That's why you are feeling itching.

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    1. Hi Miss Ayesha, can u please tell where I should go in Riyadh for expert Male and Female for Hijama.
      Thanks,
      kandarwal@yahoo.com

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    2. Hi, try the Hijama Directory at www.hijamadirectory.info or the new map-based directory being compiled at www.hijamadirectory.co for your nearest therapist, although I don't think we have any female therapists yet, but may be worth contacting the male therapists and asking them if they know any local female therapists.

      Hope that helps.

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  6. I want to do cupping ,I am in Riyadh, Can anyone give me an expert contact , who can do this .

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    1. Salams, try the Hijama Directory at www.hijamadirectory.info for your nearest therapist.

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