Ijama in Arabic is derived from the word hajm which means sucking and it refers to the practice of blood cupping only.
Most Muslim cupping therapists are trained for the sunnah cupping points on the body. This is the area on the back in between the shoulder blades, slightly towards the neck.
However, for someone who just wants Hijama done to follow the sunnah, the sunnah points are where the therapists will apply the cups.
It is noted that hijama promotes the flow of energy in the blood. It removes toxins and other waste material from the blood.
It helps hasten recovery time for people recovering from certain diseases. Ijama is known to prevent many diseases and, therefore, can be considered one of the best preventive measures against many diseases.
Many diseases and disorders are associated with failure of blood to circulate properly in the body. Furthermore, we get sick or our body organs fail to perform healthily when our blood keep circulating loaded with toxins and other impurities.
Unless the toxic waste is removed from the body or from the blood, not only we do not recover quickly from disease also we become victims to other diseases. Hijama is an excellent way to remove the toxic waste from the blood stream.
The importance of Ijama in the divine guidance can further be stressed by the following words which were related to the Prophet SAW on the night of Israa (ascension to the heaven) by angles: “O Mohammed, encourage your ummah (people) to do hijama (cupping)”. – Saheeh, Sunan Tirmidhi.