Over 3 weekends in July, Dr Rizwhan Suleman (see previous post dated 3 May, 2009: A comparison of Hijama (Cupping Therapy) with Chiropractic) kindly travelled from Cardiff, Wales to offer Hijama Therapy to selected people in Leicester.
After the sessions we interviewed Dr Suleman about his services and his impression of the people he treated in Leicester.
What type of hijama treatments do you offer?
I have two different types of treatment available, one for basic hijama designed for people wanting to fulfil the Sunna alone and another designed for people who would like to address specific health problems that they are suffering with, as well as fulfilling the Sunna.
For those wishing to have the treatment for Sunna purposes alone I first determine if the person is suitable for hijama treatment or not. I then start by explaining the procedure and all the possible side effects. If the patent is happy, we then continue with the hijama treatment with only one cup applied on the back of the neck in between the shoulder blades. This point is well reported as a site the prophet Muhammad (sws) used and is seen in the traditional sense to be a point for promoting general health.
For those wishing to address a particular problem I first find out what the root of their problem is and whether or not hijama could be of benefit to them. I discuss this with the patient and then explain the procedure in detail, explaining all the possible side effects. If in my view the patient is suitable for the treatment and is happy with everything we discuss we begin the treatment by applying a combination of wet and/or dry cups, as and where needed for their particular condition.
How do you determine if a patent is suitable for hijama or not and how do you find out what their problem is?
For all patients I begin by taking a case history to gain an insight into their current health status. This involves questions about diet, lifestyle, past and present medication, supplements, family and what we medically call a “systems review”. This is a detailed series of questions enquiring about any past or present problems in each of the different body systems. This usually takes approximately 25 minutes in a straight forward case however as most cases are not straight forward on average this takes approximately 40 minutes.
I then continue by doing some basic physical examinations called vital signs. This is to make sure blood pressure, temperature; heart rate and breathing rate are all within normal limits. Once I have gathered all of this information I have enough to determine whether or not it is safe to continue with hijama treatment. If I feel that the patient is not suitable for treatment other options are suggested, if there are symptoms that concern me and require further investigation I refer the patient back to their GP or health care provider for this.
For those patients that wish to address a particular condition, I take a further and more detailed case history into the problem/s that they are experiencing before starting any examinations. This can take an extra half hour and involves questions specific to their complaint. I then continue with their medical examination by taking their vital signs and by examining the area and related areas that they are experiencing problems with. Depending on the complaint I use a combination of orthopaedic, neurological and manual palpation examination techniques to try and uncover the cause of the problem. Once I have complete all the examinations I explain to the patient what I have found and what the apparent problem is. After discussing the treatment options with the patient we continue with hijama if appropriate. Again if there are any symptoms that concern me I refer the patient back to their GP or health care provider.
What type of cups and cupping techniques do you use/offer?
For wet cupping I only use the mechanical plastic cups for the sake of hygiene and ease of use. These cups are single use cups however I allow the patients to take these cups away with them. They have the option of sterilising the cups themselves at home and reusing them on the next visit or they can purchase new cups each time.
For dry cupping I use the fire cupping method with traditional class cups. In this method I use ethanol soaked cotton wool to create a flame in the cup to produce the vacuum. These cups are washed and sterilised for each visit.
I also use these cups for the moving cupping technique. I find these more effective than the other options due to their smooth edges.
How did you find Leicester and what was your impression of the general health status of the people you saw?
Alhumdulilah Leicester is a very nice place with a vibrant Muslim community. As for health status I must say generally there is lots of room for improvement in areas such as diet, exercise and general lifestyle with regards to obtaining healthier living. Many people had not visited their G.P in over 2 years and some had never had their blood pressure checked before. It is understandable that the health systems are under a lot of pressure but this is no reason to give up on your own health care. If there is something that is concerning you, make sure you are seen by your G.P. If you are not happy with what he has said or advised than tell him, and ask to be referred. Health is the greatest wealth and it is something that should not be wasted.
With regards to hijama the response was huge and I apologise that we were not able to accommodate all the people who wished to receive care. Inshallah due to the high demand we will be looking to arrange another session in the near future. I hope and pray that all who were treated were happy with the service they received and pray that Allah grant you all Shiffa from your complaints and good health in the future. Ameen.
Jazakallah Br Shuaib for all the hard work and effort in arranging this for the people of Leicester.
FEATURED HIJAMA THERAPIST:
Dr Rizwhan Suleman MChiro
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