The following is a blog-post in the form of a written interview with Ahmed El-Wakil, an independent researcher based in Qatar, who has written an essay on the subject of Hijama, the download link for which is given below.
Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up getting involved with studying / researching hijama?
I have been interested in alternative medicine for a long time, especially in energy medicine. I have tried a number of complementary therapies. I was first introduced to hijama when I was in Lebanon in 2005, through a sheikh who recommended it to me. The gentleman who administered hijama on me did it the traditional way using a glass cup and fire. From that point onwards, I slowly began to take a greater interest in hijama.
I sincerely believe that hijama does have therapeutic benefits. However it is essential to determine the extent to which hijama can cure disease and for what ailments it is most effective. This of course requires further research.
I did it mostly for migraines. I rely on Captain Hamdy who kindly comes to our home in Cairo to do it on me! I used to have it done once a month, sometimes even twice a month in the initial stages when I felt my body needed it. Now I maybe do it once every 6 months.
Hijama needs to be integrated with other research that has been done in the field of alternative medicine. The sad and recent death of author Andreas Moritz who wrote many books such as “Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvination” and “The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush” argued that we need to detoxify the body to regain full health. Moritz wrote extensively about cleansing the major organs in the body: the colon, the liver and the kidneys. I have also recently read a book entitled “The One Minute Cure” by Madison Cavanaugh which mentions the benefits of hydrogen peroxide for detoxification and to keep the blood clean and oxygenated. Hijama seems to fit in with these alternative therapies in that it detoxifies the body and keeps the blood oxygenated. Islamic Tradition has always been open to integrating knowledge from other traditions for the benefit of humanity. The Muslim world should perhaps establish its own professional alternative medicine training centres with research facilitites that can take an objective view to traditional Islamic medicine and to determine how these can be best utilized – beyond popular charlatanism and ad-hoc anecdotal cases – to benefit our brothers and sisters in humanity who are suffering from disease. I do hope that one day we can see a definitive practitioner’s guide and reference book on hijama, but for this to happen we need collaboration between hijama practitioners, medical doctors, educational and research establishments and to secure sources of funding. I am very impressed by brother Shuaib Suria’s online initiative at www.ahealth.co.uk to promote hijama which I believe is an important step in the right direction.
The Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) have done great work in launching the QScience.com open-access online publishing platform. The platform represents a great opportunity to share peer-reviewed academic papers across the Internet through its various journals. Readers who are interested can read and download my paper in the Journal of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the following link :
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