Hijama in North Karachi, Pakistan

Hijama in North Karachi, Pakistan by Shayan Ahmed.

The following is a guest blog-post in the form of a written interview with Shayan Ahmed, a male cupping therapist from Karachi, Pakistan.  

– Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up being a hijama therapist?


    I was in second year MBBS in Hamdard University, Karachi when I heard about Hajama for the first time, in the same year I got hajama done myself. Unfortunately I haven’t appeared in final prof. exams and did some condensed courses in Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Physiotherapy and started practicing as a herbal therapist. During my practice I referred many patients to a hajama therapist near my clinic and got remarkable results. One day he asked me “why don’t you practice hajama yourself!”

Since then I started the therapy myself, Alhemdulillah it’s now been years practicing hajama along with Tibb-e-nabawi diet and herbs. Nowadays I am completing my M.D. in cupping therapy through thesis from Sirilanka   

– What particular illnesses/ conditions (if any), do you specialise / had the most experience in?

          Like all other practitioners pain management is the first specialty in which this nabwi therapy works very rapidly. Dr Amjad Ahsan Ali is the reviver of hijama in Pakistan, and he usually refers almost all the critical cases to my clinic and as a result by the grace of Haq Tala I experienced almost all type of diseases starting from cough and flu to  sarcoma, carcinoma, renal failure, liver cirrhosis, brain tumor, thalassemia  etc 

– And do you find that in your experience, the conditions/illnesses that you have come across respond well to cupping (hijama) therapy? And if so, what are they?

     Sciatica, cervical pain, migraine, anxiety, skin diseases, hemorrhoids, GIT problem have a remarkable prognosis in hijama. Chronic metabolic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, IBS etc treatment take time, patience and a strict Tibb-e-nabawi(P.B.U.H) diet and herbs to recover. Overall I haven’t seen any disease from cough to cancer in which hijama haven’t leave a lasting impact. 

– Do you have any interesting case-studies that you can briefly share with us from your hijama treatments? 

    Hazrat Dr Amjad (db) wrote in his book “Al Hijama”first edition “While practicing hajama, the hajjam will experience such an amazing result that he will eventually admit that the shifa is solely in the hand of Almighty ALLAH”. During the past years of practicing hijama I experience the same. 

    A 10 year boy with a history of brain tumor surrounding the left temporoparital region , involving some of occipital region with complain of major fits, complete eyesight impairment and nausea visited the clinic,

     Early 4 session of hajama were taken with an interval of 4 days, with progressive improvement in condition and symptomatic relief, duration between the sessions were extended 7, 15 days and then finally after one month. After a period of eight months tumor size reduce to 20%, One minor fit attack per month without taking tegretol, 30% eyesight recovered Alhemdullillah 

– Also what would you say about using cupping as a general preventative therapy and how often would you recommend this (once a month? once/twice a year?) 

Temporary cells in our body degenerates in 120 days, hence a healthy individual must take a hajama session once in 4 month to refresh the cell/tissues/organ. And the recommended draining is 400ml in one to two sessions. A six monthly session on head (five points), this session plan will inshaALLAH drain all the dead toxin, you can call it the fastest detox.

 – As a hijama therapist, how often do you get hijama done yourself, and what for (if any specific condition) and who do you go to to get it done (since it is not an easy therapy to self-administer)? 

After being a hajama practitioner I never delayed it by 4 month as my body engine feel the density of its impure oil. In the beginning I get it done by my hajama teacher now any of the people who assist me do this job.     

– What is the overall prevalance of hijama therapy in Pakistan? Is it available in hospitals and clinics as a valid alternative / sunnah therapy?  

      During the last three or four years this sunnah have been recognized as a valid alternative therapy and many renowned hospitals are opened their cupping therapy department, but specifically as a pain relief therapy. Going towards the dark side, many illiterate people make it a cash earning profession as Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) do not made any proper laws for the professionals. As a result non-medicated non-sterilized stuff is being used even reused by quack practitioners. If the prevailing situation continues, I am afraid that the government will put a ban on the Nabawi therapy as we have already seen in Saudi Arabia.     

– Whereabouts is your clinic or practice located and what services do you offer? 

My personal clinics in Karachi are in 1.North Karachi, 2. Dastagir. Recently I contracted a renowned hair transplant club “ The Hairclub International” on behalf of which we have started hajama therapy in Karachi(Sindhi Muslim Society) and Lahore(main Bulverde gulberg) and planning to open  hajama clinics in Islamabad, Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot in their already existing hair transplant branches. 

 – Is there anything else you would like to add? 

       I think that hajama works 50% without tibb-e-nabawi(P.B.U.H) herbs and diet so there must be a proper training institute teaching both the three alignments as MashaALLAH practiced by my respected teacher brother Abu Abdul Wali (Shami). I think he is the reviver of  Tibb-e-nabawi(P.B.U.H) in the 21st century. His website http://www.tibbenabawi.org is worth seeing. 

Shayan Ahmed




Our thanks to Shayan Ahmed in Karachi, Pakistan, for sharing the above post. If you have any questions for him, or if you have a patient of his and want to leave him a testimonial, then please leave 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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Comments: 8

  1. Posted by Abid Abbas 02 Mar 2013 at 7:54 am Reply

    Can I be a Hijama therapist? I am MBA & working in a bank as Head Controls.

  2. Posted by Anonymous 02 Mar 2013 at 7:45 pm Reply



  3. Posted by SHAYAN 04 Mar 2013 at 10:21 pm Reply

    International University of Srilanka is offering M.D. in various fields of alternative medicine the minimum requirement is that you have already done three diploma courses from this institution. This course is recognized by WHO.

  4. Posted by SHAYAN 04 Mar 2013 at 11:04 pm Reply

    MashaALLAH, you are an educated fellow but to become a hajama therapist one must have the basic information of physiology, anatomy and pathology in order to diagnose the proper disease.

  5. Posted by Sayed Mahmood Alam Peerzade Qadri 14 Mar 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Can I be a Hijama therapist? I am pharmacist & working as community pharmacist since 12 years.

  6. Posted by Anonymous 22 Dec 2013 at 1:48 am Reply

    can u plz tell me ur clinic's adress and some details of appointment cox I need them for my mother as she often gets large abcesses n antibiotics aren't effective ….the sores are painful too
    V live in isl so do u have any information that da service is available here or v need to come to Karachi
    I am my self a med student but came to know about this sunnah in Ilmo Amal magzine

  7. Posted by Anonymous 22 Apr 2014 at 7:25 am Reply

    can u please tell me your clinic's address and some details of appointment cox I need them for my brother
    plz reply

  8. Posted by Rumaisa Yousufi 04 Jun 2014 at 7:30 am Reply

    Please give your contact information atleast!

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