A perspective on the effects and benefits of the ancient art of Hijama therapy.

A perspective on the effects and benefits of the ancient art of Hijama therapy – By David Parker ND

As a naturopath, nutritionist and healer I was intrigued to explore the scientific reasons why the ancient art of cupping or Hijama therapy was so effective in treating a whole host of ailments and illnesses.

The wet cupping I found particularly fascinating and was curious to know more about the blood which was being extracted via the cup from various areas of the body.

From this viewpoint I started analysing the blood under dark field and light field microscopy.

This proved very insightful and proved to me something I had suspected.

The dry layered blood sample viewed under light field microscopy consistently showed high concentrations of toxic metals and chemicals, as well as showing evidence of bacterial and parasitic activity.

The appearance of the live blood under the dark field microscope showed that there were high concentrations of acids and inflammatory proteins often referred to as fibrin.

These phenomena were more frequently present when the blood was removed from an area where the patient was experiencing pain and inflammation. I conclude from this that the area of pain appears to act like a magnet for acids, toxins and pathogens.

It is therefore very logical to assume that removal of these from the local area will bring about symptomatic relief, while encouraging fresh circulating blood to deliver healing nutrients and oxygen to the affected tissue, thus providing healing and resolution.

Together with dietary change, cleansing and detoxification therapy, along with education regarding the avoidance of toxins within the patient’s environment, I see Hijama wet cupping as a very effective adjunctive therapy on the path to wellness.


Proteinous waste found in live blood sample viewed under dark field microscopy
(This is often found when the diet contains too much cooked food and lacks enzymes for complete digestion)



Rouleaux and Fibrin appearing in Live blood under dark field microscopy
(This formation of red blood cells and inflammatory proteins are always present in blood which is overly acidic and infected)



The ideal live blood picture under dark field microscopy
Observe the red cells sitting separately in their own space therefore having the freedom to travel around the body network of capillaries, which in some cases are one red cell in diameter. Observe the free floating white blood cells known as neutrophils, again having the freedom to patrol around the body searching out toxins and pathogens)



Toxic metals appearing on edge of dried blood sample under light field microscopy.
(The thicker and denser the grey band, the more metals there are in the blood)



Degenerative processes evidenced under light field microscopy
(The white lakes seen here indicate that tissues associated with the vascular system have become inflamed and are harbouring atherosclerotic plaques, toxic metals and cholesterol)


How the dry layered blood sample should look under light field microscopy
(Observe the absence of any white lakes, the clean finely cut edge showing no toxic metals and the black lines all joining together like a matrix)


David Parker works in the field of clinical nutrition, naturopathy and the research of the effectiveness of both modern and ancient healing techniques.

Microscopic assessment of blood is one means of determining the nutritional status as well as the toxic elements present in a person’s blood.

A before and after assessment is useful in determining the changes occurring as a result of the therapy being applied.

David Parker ND, DIP ION, DIP EAV
50 Malvern Road
TW12 2LN


Our thanks to David Parker from London, England for sharing the above post. David Parker is a naturopathic practitioner from Steps to Perfect Health, who provides among other services, dried and live blood analysis. If you have any questions for David or indeed have been treated by him and want to leave him a testimonial(!), then please do so via a comment* below.

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Comments: 5

  1. Posted by usman baloch 06 Jul 2009 at 9:32 am Reply

    nice to read all this , may Allah be pleased with every person who do his best to explore hijamah for the benifits of mankind
    usman baloch

  2. Posted by Dr Ridwan Ahmed 07 Jul 2009 at 6:55 am Reply

    Indeed, wet cupping renders immediate effect for many patients suffering from certain pain syndromes.

    I recently used wet cupping to treat a maulana (scholar) who was suffering from moderate to severe psoriatic arthritis, particularly affecting his wrists and knee joints. There was immediate relief following wet cupping over the knees. 7 cups of toxic residue was extravasated via wet cupping from his more painful right knee. Only 3 cups were filled from the left knee. (N.B. only one location was cupped on each knee).

    The symptomatic relief can be attributed to the extraction of the various pain modulators.

  3. Posted by Tara Umm Omar 10 Jul 2009 at 9:44 am Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing your observations. The last picture is the way normal non-toxic blood should look under the microscope?

  4. Posted by Nur Ain 13 Aug 2009 at 4:00 pm Reply

    What a great post!

    But it only mentions what you can see in the blood through light or dark field microscopy, but what can we say about the contents from just looking at the Hijamah extracted blood with the naked eye (ie without the aid of microscopy)?

    Reason for asking is: sometimes the extracted blood looks very dark, sometimes it looks normal, sometimes it looks quite thick, sometimes there are black spots seen on the thickened blood.

    Is there a way of explaining what these different types of blood mean?


    Nur Ain

    reply to: zimmer429@hotmail.com

  5. Posted by Nur Ain 10 Aug 2010 at 10:24 pm Reply

    – Could you explain to me how does the Hijama blood/dirty blood forms (scientifically)?

    I saw 1 video from YouTube and it explained that it is becuase after 120 days the red blood cells will weaken and become less active.

    As a result, each red blood cell will stick to one another. Usually, it will be transported to the liver and kidney (for removal and cleasing?).

    But this will never always happen, sometimes it will find places in the blood vessels and stay there or they will find places that has a lower flow of blood such as the hips (kahil?) and stay there.

    This is when blood blockages start to happen in the blood vessels and red blood cell lessens. As a result, diseases or inflammation occur.

    – Do I have a correct understanding?

    – How does poor eating habits, polluted air, lack of excercise, lack of sleep, stress comes in/linked to form the dirty blood?

    Thank you.
    Nur Ain
    reply to : zimmer429@hotmail.com

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