This is a guest-post in the form of a written interview with Usman Baloch – a male cupping therapist based in Lahore, Pakistan.
– Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up being a hijama therapist?
My name is USMAN MUEEN UD DIN BALOCH, I did my MS in Computer Science in 2000 and did my masters in commerce from Punjab University Lahore and then started my career as CONSULTANT OF TAXATION in my father’s firm which in his business for over 35 years now, I had an interest in alternative medicine as my grandfather was a famous “HAKEEM” (herbalist) in his area and forefathers were also from the same field and my uncle is still in this field. After studying so much in hadith books about hijama, for example I found over 300 hadith in 7-8 books of sunnah of the prophet, I started looking for this knowledge around the country. I travelled to villages, towns, cities, and found many persons who know / or were practicing this (most of them are dead at the time of writing this on 1/10/2009).
I come across a person named “Hakeem Ghias ud Din“ from India who is running 2 hospitals in Delhi, India, and this is their family business. In early 2003 I treated my first patient of acute skin diseases and that person slept just after 30 minutes of his 1st treatment after many weeks and months of insomnia. Then till today I am learning hijamah and fasd and practicing in villages, towns, cities and so far I have dealt with hundreds and hundreds of patients alhumdulillah
– What particular illnesses/ conditions (if any), do you specialise / had the most experience in?
All kind of pains from head to toe, in arms, shoulders, neck , backbone, legs, feet, heels. I have most success in pain relief alhumdulillah, and I have experienced very few patients who show very little recovery and that is just because they did not repeat the treatment a third time, but most of the patients experience relief in a very short period of time specially patients who were unable to get relief with pain killers they get relief in just 1 or 2 treatments and they stop taking medicine after 2nd treatment usually.
Reduction of weight without being hungry all the time is one major thing many of my patients reduce 20kg of body weight in one month and much from their thighs, belly and backside.
Sleep problem is another major thing that gets relief, usually patients who complain that they have no sleep even after taking pills usually have sound sleep with out any pills.
High blood pressure and diabetic patients stop taking all kind of medicine after getting treatment and they are living a healthy life now.
Addiction is another thing, I have one addict patient who was taking 15-18 injection of biprofeen every day for his addiction along with some sleeping pills for over many years, he came to me on 15/9/2009 and in just 16 days he is no more an addict. He so far had about 10 treatments and with controlled diet, he is having normal sleep and doing exercise now, and I hope this becomes a great success story for the treatment of addicts in the world.
– 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?
Hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, cancer, diabetes, skin diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer, migraine, back pain, all kinds either it is related to disks or just heaviness, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, eye infection, throat infection, ear infection, muscle aches and pain, addiction
– Also what would you say about using cupping as a general preventative therapy (which by getting rid of bad blood/ toxins in the body may help prevent conditions like high cholesterol/ heart disease / cancer in the long term)? And how often would you recommend this (once a month? once/twice a year?)
Someone from UK asked me “do you get hijamah for yourself?” I said: “I don’t find a second person around who get this much treatments of hijamah and fasd like me, and I am very happy, healthy person since I am getting hijamah treatment, and person who once get treatment from me for any diseases never need to go to a doctor for some sickness except flu or fever, he would just come back to me for treatment whenever he needed it.
Yes I prefer it for myself on every 17, 19 or 21 of every lunar month but some time I miss one or two of these dates, so recommend for everyone to get one treatment on any of these days as a general prevention and getting rid of bad blood /toxins from the body, this help many conditions of heaviness in head and legs and back, where the patients can not give any name to it or nothing bad comes in lab test results they recover in just one or 2 treatments of hijamah or fasd (whichever is needed)
– 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)?
As mentioned above I get it done every 17, 19 or 21 of every lunar month from students or my elder brother who is always with me and helps me with patients
– As a Muslim country, what is the overall prevalance of hijama therapy in Pakistan? Is it available in hospitals and clinics as a valid alternative / sunnah therapy ?
As a Muslim country , people don’t resist to hijama but as they don’t know about Islam or hijamah hadith they feel weird at first, you have to convince them and now the point come for me that patients bring other patients from their family and friends and convince them before they bring them to me, or patients who are tired of having too much medicine tablets and injections from doctors and no results, they see themselves the results of my patients and they come to me convinced.
But yes it is not available in hospitals or clinics, I am the first person who is doing this as a profession in this decade and I have established clinics and many persons who are practicing alternative medicine in the country now willing to learn and practice hijamah and few are actually now practicing in different cities
– Whereabouts is your clinic located in Lahore?
Al hijamah Center located:
1. Opposite Shahnai Marriage Hall, Main Road Gulshane Ravi, Lahore, Pakistan
2. Dera Usman Kulachi , 139 Tda , Ada 5 mile Layyah , Punjab Pakistan
I visit many clinics of hakeem and alternative medicine professionals when they invite me and gather their patients usually once in a month.
FEATURED HIJAMA THERAPIST:
Opposite Shahnai Marriage Hall,
Main Road Gulshan-e-Ravi
Our thanks to Br Usman Baloch from Lahore, Pakistan for sharing the above post. If you have any questions for Br Usman 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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