Hijama and Tibb – e Nabbawi in Derby, England

The following is a guest blog-post by Umm Mohammed, a female Hijama Practitioner in Derby,


Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up being a hijama therapist?
I’m an academic and have been lecturing and researching on health and social care issues for the past

15 years at a national and international level. Throughout my career people of all faiths have mentioned the important role their faith has played in terms of their healing – even those people without a faith have said how they have turned to ‘a higher source and prayed’ in times of illness, worry or a crisis. As a Muslim I know our belief towards illness and disease and how we can use the tools and methods prescribed in the Sunnah to help us recover and get better; it is for this reason I became very interested in *Tibb-e-Nabbawi of which Hijama is one important aspect.

Having qualified as a Tabeeb I set up Al Nasiha Services – a community project – the aim of which is to help people focus on their health and wellbeing using Sunnah based treatments and remedies including hijama which is offered Fi Sabeel Allah.
*Tibb e Nabbawi or Prophetic medicine – is a divine gift given by Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala to Nabi Muhammad salallaho alaihe wasallam by wahi which He, salallaho alaihe wasallam gifted His ummah.  It’s a complete code of medicine for the heart; mind, body and soul – healing both the sick and healthy; the therapist and patient.
– What particular illnesses/ conditions (if any), do you specialise / had the most experience in?
People come to with various ailments – general aches and pains, backache, knee pain, rheumatism, arthritis, eczema, asthma, diabetes, cholesterol, fertility etc.. or simply for a general boost or detoxification. As a Tabeeb I prepare a treatment plan based on their symptoms and illness. This will include them focusing on their amal e salihaat and making changes to their lifestyle i.e. diet and exercise. It will also include hijama both wet and dry; and remedies prepared from natural herbs and oils. Hijama is performed according to the Sunnah. The number of sessions depends on the illness and their own Yaqeen and Tawwakkal on Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for recovery.< /div>

– 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?
The local community is becoming much more aware that hijama is part of their Islamic heritage and they have a right as a Muslim to seek cure from it. Alhamdulillah – the patients I treat respond well to it and tell me that they feel significantly better having had the treatment which is also complemented by the natural products that I recommend as part of their Tibb  e Nabbawi treatment plan.
– 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?)
I strongly believe in Hijama as a wasila for cure and am keen to revive this practise so that people are able to use it as preventative remedy in their own households at least once a year if not once a month. For my patients, I always recommend a minimum of 3 sessions – the maximum various depending on their treatment plan.
– 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 get it done (since it is not an easy therapy to self-administer)?
I have hijama once a month to detoxify and to give myself a general boost. I have it performed by a professionally qualified sister. I also perform hijama on all the members of my immediate family.
– What is the status and overall prevalence of hijama therapy in Derby/ England? Is it available in hospitals and clinics as a valid alternative / Sunnah therapy?
Hijama is not offered on the NHS or any private medical clinic. There are several therapists who offer it privately. I am trying to raise its profile amongst health and social care professionals and clinicians. I feel people should have a choice and be able to choose hijama just like any other treatment  available on the NHS. I would like to see it part of the mainstream infrastructure and am working towards this goal. Insha’Allah.
In the meantime I am teaching it so that the local community can begin to benefit from it.   Insha’Allah.
– Whereabouts is your clinic or practice located and what services do you offer?
Church Street Community Room
48 Church Street
DE23 6QT
– Is there anything else you would like to add?
Al Nasiha Services is a faith based support service offering mental health and emotional support to those experiencing stressful challenges in their live.

We use Sunnah (سنت) based practices and remedies that enable the person to focus holistically on their mental, physical and spiritual health; empowering them to cope and deal with their everyday problems. In sha’Allah. انشاء اللہ

Interventions to alleviate loneliness and social isolation:سماجی تنہائی کو کم کرنے کے لیے مداخلت

Islamic counselling: مشورة

Islamic mediation: إصلاح
Emotional Healing Therapies:
Cupping/ Hijama:
Light exercise: ورزش
Yoga: یوگا
Tibb e Nabbawi:
نبوی طب
Remedies from the Sunnah using:
علاج سے سنت
 انشاء اللہ

Our services are FREE and provided by professionally qualified staff.

For more information contact:
Umm Mohammed (Alia Syed):
Phone: 07812 653370
Email: AlNasihaServices@aol.com

Umm Mohammed (Alia Syed)


Church Street Community Room
48 Church Street
DE23 6QT

Telephone: 07812 653370
Email: AlNasihaServices@aol.com

Our thanks to Umm Mohammed for sharing the above post. If you have any questions or want to leave some feedback, 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 send me an email to: hijama.mail@gmail.com.

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