Cupping Points in Human Body

What is Cupping (Hijama)?

Cupping (hijama) is a big part of Prophet medicine. Our Prophet Muhammad ?said,

Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama) Sahih Al-Bukhari (5371).

On another Hadith, Prophet (ﷺ) also said

on the night of Israa (his ascension to the heavens) he did not pass by an angel except that it said to him, Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah (nation) with cupping (hijama). Sahih Sunan Tirmidhi (3479).

This shows the importance and greatness of this Sunnah which is almost lost now. Hijama is the process of applying cups to various points on the body by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum. It is also used as a very effective method of Ruqya, as the shayateen become very weak with Hijama and they can also leave if a raaqi is using Hijama in combination with Ruqya.

Cupping (Hijama) is of three types:

  • Wet cupping (hijama) This is the process of using a vacuum at different points on the body but with small incisions in order to remove harmful blood which lies just beneath the surface of the skin.
  • Wet cupping (hijama) is from the Sunnah. To obtain maximum benefit from cupping (hijama), it is recommended that all three methods of cupping are used.
  • Dry cupping (hijama) This is the process of using a vacuum on different areas of the body in order to gather the blood in that area without incisions (small, light scratches using a sterile surgical blade).
  • Dry massage cupping (hijama) This is similar to dry cupping (hijama) but olive oil is applied to the skin (before applying the cups) in order to allow easy movement of the cups. Also, a very effective method of Ruqya.

70% of diseases, pains and ailments are due to the blood being unable to reach certain parts of the body. Dry cupping (hijama) and dry massaging cupping (hijama) allow the blood to reach these places.
Although dry and massage cupping (hijama) are very beneficial, they are not from the Sunnah. However, they fall under the general hadeeth:

Prophet (ﷺ) said, Indeed in cupping (hijama) there is a cure.” Sahih Muslim (5706).

Is cupping (hijama) a cure for every disease?

Cupping (hijama) is a cure for every disease if performed in its correct time.
The Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi wasalam) said,

“Indeed in cupping (hijama) there is a cure.”

Sahih Muslim (5706).
The Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi wasalam) said,

“Whoever performs cupping (hijama) on the 17th, 19th or 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease.”

Sahih Sunan abi Dawud (3861)
There are specific points on the body where the cups are applied for each ailment.