Answers to Questions People Ask About Hijama

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Hijama is also known as cupping therapy. It is a holistic treatment that helps in addressing many diseases such as digestive problems, lung diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more. The treatment uses sterile cups to draw out toxins and stagnant blood from the body. However, even though the treatment has been around for thousands of years, people still have questions about Hijama. Here are the answers to the questions that people ask about cupping therapy. 

Is Hijama Safe? Is it clean and sterile?

When done correctly, yes, hijama is absolutely safe. Whether it is clean and sterile is dependent upon the quality standards enforced at the treatment facility. Other facilities are informed of the risks, and out of concern and care for their patients these practitioners give due diligence in areas of cleanliness, safety, sterility and quality standards. We strive our utmost to provide a clean, safe and absolutely sterile environment for your hijama treatment.  We use cup covers to ensure blood is caught and disposed of adequately, and we use fresh blades, gloves, absorbent pads and other tools to ensure you have the highest quality hijama experience. We also use a 2-stage anti-bacterial and antiviral cleaning process on all tools and equipment that can come in contact with patients.

What should I look for when selecting a Hijama Therapist? 

First you should look for hands-on internship training from qualified professionals. Overseas, hijama is regulated and requires proper medical schooling.  

The second thing you should look for is knowledge of the risks. This means the practitioners should know exactly what could go wrong, and have experience in handling these situations.  

Thirdly is sterility and professionalism of the facility.  There must be equipment, tooling, and safety mechanisms in place to ensure that any bloodborne pathogens are killed. 

You also want to be psychologically at ease during your treatment.  This means you should not be sitting on the floor, or a random chair in someone’s basement, garage or living room. This is not the nobility by which hijama should be practiced. Rather, you should be in a comfortable and serene environment.

Lastly, we would encourage you to find a practitioner who is articulate and able to explain and educate you about resources when it comes to questions about your health and well being. We live in the information era and your therapist should also take the role of facilitating lifestyle improvements in you. 

Can I still do Hijama even if I’m healthy? 

Yes. Hijama is a therapy that heals but it can also prevent many major illnesses from forming. It does this by providing an overall detox and cleanse of the body. 

Think about it. For your entire life you have been eating processed foods with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics. These habits have inevitably had an effect on your body.  You want to detox your organs, and hijama can assist with that.  

Treatments are available to detox your lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, bowel 

as well as provide support for the adrenals, blood circulation and other major body 


Does it hurt? What are the side effects? 

A patient can experience slight discomfort. As a patient you are informed in your initial visit on how to indicate to your therapist when the pain threshold becomes uncomfortable. Under no circumstance will we proceed and we’ll only continue at a threshold you are comfortable with. 

The most common side effect of cupping is the discoloration that occurs in the region a 

pressurized cup is placed on the skin.  It is important to note this is not a bruise because these discolorations carry no pain. These marks are cleansed by the body’s lymph system so the duration is dependent on the efficiency of the lymph system.  

Typically a fit person who hydrates well, will clear up in 5-7 days. Otherwise, the discoloration could last 10-14 days.  

We are absolutely careful not to cup in areas where the discolorations are visible, such 

as the face. If we need to, we are trained in ways to minimize discoloration.  

Another common side effect is a deep sense of calm and relaxation. However, in some cases the body is signaling the person to rest, as if it is recovering from a cold.  When you are sick, the body sends you clear symptoms to stay home and take care of yourself.  Hijama could send you the same signal via reducing your energy for a few days while it repairs and cleanses the treated areas.  

A last side effect to mention may be during the hijama treatment itself, and a person 

could feel light-headed, kind of like when your blood sugar drops. This could happen for 

any reason but usually occurs when the person is insufficiently hydrated or hasn’t eaten 

well that day. A person should avoid strenuous activity, and stick to good food choices and 

plenty of water

What illnesses does Hijama Cure?

It is important to mention that no ‘list’ of illnesses treatable by hijama is complete so what’s important is to understand the underlying mechanism behind hijamah. Hijama will help your illness by doing the following: 

It will immediately loosen or completely remove pathogens, toxins and fluids which 

were blocking the efficient passage of any or all of blood-flow, nerve function, 

hormones, lymph, energy or magnetic forces.  

The benefit of this is to restore the body to its optimal function, and enable it to use 

its own resources for healing.  

Hijama opens energy pathways in the body (meridians), which leads to relief of tension 

and stress, and boosted immunity

Hijama frees lactic acid which has accumulated in muscles i.e. trigger points, allowing 

pain relief and reduced inflammation.  

Hijama stimulates blood flow and signals white blood cells to focus on an area of chronic 

pain, allowing pain relief and detoxification. 

Hijama can stimulate function of a vital organ such as the liver or kidneys, which will restore the body to balance and lead to clarity, freshness, efficiency, productivity and an improved mood and outlook on life.  

Cupping therapy in Abu Dhabi

Adam and Eve Cosmetic Medical Centre provides Hijama treatment in Abu Dhabi to help patients treat a wide range of illnesses. Consult with our Hijama therapist today! 

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