Hijama - Head Cupping
Head cupping clears-up the blockages of blood vessels caused by blood stasis and relieves pressure in the brain which contribute to migraine headaches. In most cases, it may be possible to cup the head points,without the need to shave the hair on the head first.
The Prophet Mohammad (SAW) recommended hijama for Headaches: (Abu Dawud). The Prophet Mohammad (SAW) said, "Cupping improves the intellect and the memory" ... (Ibn Majah).
"Research has proved that cupping therapy is an effective
treatment for headaches. The first research study was
published in 2008 in The American Journal of Chinese
Medicine. The aim of this research was to evaluate the
effectiveness of wet cupping therapy in the treatment of
tension headaches and migraines. Wet cupping is one of the
oldest recorded medical modalities in the world and it was
called (Al Hijama) in Arabic. The researchers treated
seventy patients who were suffering from tension headaches.
The patients were evaluated before and after treatment, and
66% recorded a decrease in the severity of their headaches.
The researchers stated that there were clinical relevant
benefits for these patients.
The second research study was carried out in 2010 in World Family Medicine Journal. The aim of this research was to evaluate the role of cupping therapy in the treatment of chronic headache and chronic back pain. There were eighty-six participants in this trial, but only thirty-seven of them were treated because they were suffering from chronic headache. The patients were evaluated pre- and post-therapy according to the visual pain scale. The results were excellent as the pain severity decreased significantly after one session of cupping therapy. This study revealed the positive effect of cupping therapy, especially that cupping is a good and effective treatment for chronic headaches". Author - Dr Tamer Shaban