Interview with Dr Tamer Shaban, author of "The Complete Guide to Cupping Therapy"

Interview with Dr Tamer Shaban, the author of “The Complete Guide to Cupping Therapy

This is a guest-post in the form of a written interview with Dr. Tamer Shaban – a physician and author based in Egypt.

– Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up getting involved with hijama ?

My name is Dr Tamer Shaban. I am a physician. I got my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree before I got to know about cupping therapy. My father suffered from low back pain and Sciatica. He tried a conventional medicine without any success. A practitioner of cupping therapy did the procedure for him, and his symptoms disappeared. He was in need of doing cupping therapy every month for three months and then whenever the pain would appear. I learned cupping therapy from a university professor, and got a certificate in Cupping therapy and another certificate in acupuncture to treat my father. Then I studied many other complementary medicine therapies such as herbal medicine, hypnotherapy and nutrition.

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

All types of pain conditions, asthma and infertility

– 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?

Yes, the success of cupping therapy in pain conditions is about 90%, and in infertility about 60%. I do not recommend to do cupping therapy for diseases without any evidence of its effectiveness for that disease.

– 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?)

Cupping can be done as a preventive therapy (as a type of sunnah) but until now there is no study conducted to show if the cupping therapy prevents the body from any disease. There is no bad blood in our body, it is a collection of old red blood cells and inflammatory cells which produce pain. It can be done once per year.

– 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)?

A physiotherapist professor did hijama for me to treat migraine, and it was very effective

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

Hijama is a well known therapy, there are good practitioners especially physiotherapists. Cupping therapy is still under research, it is not available in hospitals. Egyptian universities made a great contribution in the field of cupping therapy with many positive results. Many researches were conducted and submitted for master and MD degrees in the field of cupping therapy in Egyptian universities.

– How long did you research this therapy before writing your book: “The Complete Guide to Cupping Therapy”

About five years.

– Finally, where can people buy your book/s

You can find them here:

Dr Tamer Shaban




Our thanks to Dr Tamer Shaban from Egypt for sharing the above post. If you have any questions for Dr Shaban or indeed have been treated by him and want to leave him 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.



Comments: 9

  1. Posted by karim 25 Sep 2009 at 4:06 am Reply

    Very thoughtfull post on alternative therapy. It should be very much helpfull

    Karim – Creating Power

  2. Posted by Tara Umm Omar 05 Oct 2009 at 3:19 am Reply

    Can wet cupping be done on a pregnant woman at any stage of her pregnancy?

  3. Posted by Dr Tamer 05 Oct 2009 at 2:53 pm Reply

    No, cupping therapy is contra indicated during pregnancy


  4. Posted by Tara Umm Omar 07 Oct 2009 at 1:13 am Reply

    Thank you Dr. Tamer

  5. Posted by Umm Husamuddin 07 Oct 2009 at 2:24 am Reply

    Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu

    Sister Tara Umm Omar:
    although wet cupping is contraindicated during pregnancy as Dr Tamer so rightly said, there is an exception: if a woman has gone beyond her due date (EDD) and wishes to induce labour, she may have DRY and DRY MASSAGE cupping (but not WET) on both of her legs between the knee and the ankle.

  6. Posted by Tara Umm Omar 08 Oct 2009 at 1:32 am Reply

    Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

    Jazaki'Allahu khair for the clarification Sis Umm Husamuddin.

  7. Posted by Rehana 11 Oct 2009 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Salams Dr Tamer

    You stated that you have had 60% success in treating infertility. I know of at least 2 couples within family/friends who haven't had children after trying for some months/years.

    Does the treatment involve hijama for the man, woman or both?

    And what is the understanding of how hijama helps infertility? Are there specific hijama points that improve the chances of conceiving?



  8. Posted by Dr Tamer 12 Oct 2009 at 9:19 am Reply

    The treatment is for women. Cupping therapy treatment is for hypo ovarinism. Please Read "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials".It can be downloaded free from and you can download this lecture about this issue:Infertility and Cupping Powerpoint Presentation
    I hope this will help you.

  9. Posted by Anonymous 23 Sep 2012 at 1:40 am Reply

    how is hijamah for male intertility, my husband has low sperm count…

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