I suffered 16 years of Illness & Pain… before I came across Hijama Therapy

“I suffered 16 years of Illness & Pain… before I came across Hijama Therapy…”

“… and I was so impressed with the results that I myself learnt the therapy, and now provide it at my clinic in London, England, as well as teach it to others!” – by Anisa Kissoon of Natural Health Nature’s Finest

The following article is taken and adapted from http://www.islamicgarden.com

Hijama Therapy:

“After experiencing my own personal illness and pain for 16 years, I had a Hijama treatment and it helped me to the extent that I could lead a normal life. This made me passionate about it and I wanted to bring it to the rest of the world.” These are the words of Anisa Kissoon who was responsible for having Hijama treatment legally acknowledged and registered with the Association of Complementary Medicine in the UK.

What initially caught Kissoon’s attention was the fact that something so simple was so effective. She was also moved by it having a religious basis and she wanted to have the blessing of reviving a Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

What Is Hijama?

Hijama is a therapy that comes from the Arabic root – sucking; vacuum. This therapy works with the body’s condition and balances it. The body may be suffering from sluggish organs, or be in need of detoxification, and either way Hijama is an effective treatment. Hijama therapy is even known to have helped women ovulate and thus, fall pregnant. As Hijama therapy directly removes a small amount of blood from the patient it also detoxifies the blood, stimulates the body’s immune system and helps blood to flow more freely. It is known to relieve pain including migraine and back ache and is also the best preventive treatment available.

How and When Is Hijama Therapy Performed?

In other alternative medicines Hijama is also known as cupping or bloodletting, but the difference between these and Hijama is that with Hijama only the surface of the skin is scratched and then glass cups are placed on the specific spot and a vacuum is made to gently draw the blood out. Kissoon commented, “We sent some samples of blood that were taken during Hijama treatment to a non-Muslim laboratory and the doctors there commented that the blood was highly toxic and unsuitable for a human being.”

According to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) there are certain places on the body that should have this treatment even if the individual is well, as a preventive medicine. There are also recommended times to perform Hijama and other times when Hijama should not be performed unless there is necessity. According to the Sunnah it is recommended to have Hijama performed on the 17, 19, and 21 of the Islamic calendar, but if it is necessary it is permissible to do it. It is not recommended to have Hijama on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Wednesday. Also, according to the Sunnah, Hijama should be done at the back of the neck, and between the two shoulder blades as this connects the brain to the rest of the body and it brings oxygen into the brain and helps the body to repair itself. This is also the place where toxins accumulate. Moreover, it strengthens the lymphatic system. Some Syrian groups do Hijama on the two shoulder blades as opposed to the back of the neck, however, traditional Chinese medicine, as well as other ancient medicine, refer to the back of the neck.

Islamic Basis of Hijama

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Cupping is the most helpful procedure for human beings to cure themselves.” (Al Bukhari, 5357, and Muslim 1577)

He (peace and blessings be upon him) also said, “If there is any good in your medical treatments, it is in the blade of the cupper, drinking honey…..” (Al Bukhari, 5356, and Muslim, 2205)

Success Stories

There have been many success stories with Hijama therapy. Kissoon had a cancer patient in the UK who was bedridden and the doctors had given up on her and she had come home to die. The doctors were about to send a doctor to her home to cut her spinal cord to stop her pain but this would mean that she would be paralyzed. After Hijama therapy this woman could stand up on a frame and the pain was much less. “This poor woman gained pain relief and immense strength,” says Kissoon, “and her husband and carers were amazed. Of course the doctors were amazed too!”

Another woman could not get pregnant for five years and was thinking about IVF or fostering a child but after one Hijama treatment she got pregnant after just one month.

Why Certification in the UK?

“Getting certification in the UK was very difficult,” commented Kissoon, “but I did it because I didn’t want it to be illegal as it is in other parts of the world.” Kissoon’s intention initially was to teach Hijama therapy to people and spread its benefit but when she delved a bit deeper she found that in the UK, cupping therapy is categorized under acupuncture and there were laws soon to be passed to make it illegal. Her struggle has been to change Hijama therapy from being categorized under ‘cupping’ therapy, to being a therapy in its own right.

“If this law had been passed,” says Kissoon, “a person could only have learnt it if he practiced acupuncture and this would have forced it underground.”

“The UK Acupuncture Foundation was very helpful,” commented Kissoon. The initial move to put Hijama therapy under Acupuncture was because there were people were who were doing it only for money and they were not doing it properly. Kissoon convinced them that it is a therapy of its own, and that it has its own laws that are based on the lunar calendar and that it is different from cupping. “After three years the Acupuncture Foundation helped me get certified,” says Kissoon happily. Now, the Association of Complementary Medicine sees Hijama therapy as an authentic medicine.

The next battle was with insurance companies to make sure that therapists are medically insured under Hijama therapy in its own right, and not under Cupping therapy. After some struggle NHNF finally managed to get the correct cover from a reputable insurance company.

Furthermore, Kissoon has started a distance learning course on Hijama therapy that both Muslims and non-Muslims as well as professional and non-professional people are taking part in. “We are looking for individuals who are sensitive and caring. Hijama is not just a physical practice but the practitioner also has to deal with people’s emotions, trauma and various needs,” says Kissoon. The course is done through distance learning to make it easy for people overseas, those who have full time jobs and mothers. It includes emergency first aid, and covers information from the definition of Hijama therapy to customer care, how to deal with patients, code of ethics and the anatomy of the body. Kissoon comments, “The intention behind this six-month course is that the practitioner will have knowledge about how the b

ody detoxifies and how the blood works so they can do Hijama therapy properly”.

Final Thoughts

“I hope that Hijama therapy will become mainstream and available in hospitals and alternative medicine clinics. I’d also like to see blood donors having a treatment before giving blood because one of the main benefits of Hijama therapy is cleansing the blood, so the results of blood transfusions will be better. I’d like to see it merged into mainstream medicine so everyone can benefit,” comments Kissoon.

Anisa Kissoon of
Natural Health Natures Finest


Tel: 0207 060 7166
Email: info@nhnf.co.uk
Website: www.nhnf.co.uk

Our thanks to Anisa Kissoon, a female hijama therapist from London, England for sharing the above post. If you have any questions for Anisa or indeed have been treated by her and want to leave her a testimonial(!), then please do so via 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 contact us.

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Comments: 5

  1. Posted by gfcfgirl 19 Jun 2009 at 4:28 pm Reply

    ASalamu alaikoum..
    What illnesses were you suffering from that were cured with Hijama?

  2. Posted by Tara Umm Omar 20 Jun 2009 at 3:36 am Reply

    Does the distance learning course also teach you how to perform hijama?

  3. Posted by Ashraf 20 Jun 2009 at 9:15 am Reply

    Very good article gives me more confidence.

    Also wanted to know will hijama help muscle pull as I have pulled a muscle in my lower back recently while playing sports.



  4. Posted by Anonymous 21 Jun 2009 at 5:36 am Reply

    Interesting article.
    Please clarify if your distance learning course qualifies you as a hijama therapist i.e., which body is the course recognised by, and how much does the course cost?

  5. Posted by Anisa Kissoon (NHNF) 23 Jun 2009 at 5:04 pm Reply

    Salams all,

    Thank you for all your comments, replies are as follows:

    – I was suffering from severe menstrual cramps for which I could get no effective treatment or relief until I had hijama therapy done.

    – Yes, the course teaches how to perform hijama for which you have to attend some practical sessions.

    – Yes, hijama generally works quite well for sports injuries like sprains and muscle pulls, and we have successfully treated a few such cases, alhamdulillah.

    – Yes, the complete course, including theory coursework, final written exam, practicals, and the submission of at least 10 case studies qualifies you as a hijama therapist. The course is recognised by the Complementary Medical Association. It costs £500 (or £600 for overseas students)

    – For those who have completed the basic course, there is an advanced course available by Dr Ahmed Hefny of Egypt who is a world-authority on hijama therapy.

    Please contact us if you want further information on these and any other enquiries.

    Sr Anisa Kissoon

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