There are nine sunnah points in our body where Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) performed Hijama.
Several ahadith for Hijama have proven that Hijama cupping therapy is the sunnah of our beloved Holy Prophet (PBUM). The treatment of Hijama cupping therapy is an Islamic, natural and prophetic remedy for various common diseases. It was a standard method used by the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions to deal with several ailments.
During the night journey and ascension (Laylatu’l Isra), our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) experienced many crucial events. Amongst all the other miracles, Allah (SWT) the Exalted, ordered the angels to instruct Prophet (PBUM) to establish Hijama cupping therapy.
Angels told Rasool Allah (PBUM): “Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah (nation) with Hijama”. Saheeh Sunnan Tirmidhi(3479)
Abdullah ibn Abbas (R.A) reported Rasool Allah (PBUM) saying, “I did not pass by any angel during my night journey that did not tell me:Make it necessary upon you to have Hijama”. Saheeh Sunna Ibn Maajag(3477).
What are the Sunnah Points?
Typically, cupping can be started from any point of the body whereas, according to the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet (PBUH), He conducted Hijama at specific points.
Our Beloved Prophet (PBUH) said, “Indeed the best of remedies you have is Hijama”.
There is a total of 9 sunnah points of the body where Rasool Allah (PBUH) performed Hijama Cupping therapy. These points are called the sunnah points and each sunnah point has extensive benefits. The Sunnah points used for Hijama are mentioned below.
In Arabic, the Head sunnah point or crown point is known as ‘Yafookh’. Head sunnah points are also referred to as “the mother of diseases”. The first Hijama sunnah point is located on top of the head.
Abdullah ibn Abbas (R.A) reported that Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) was cupped on his head. Saheeh al Bukhari(5699).
Ibn al-Qaiyum (may Allah be pleased with him) mentioned that the Prophet (PBUH) was cupped on his head when he was afflicted with magic and that if administered correctly, it is the finest remedy for this.
Abdullah ibn Abbas (R.A) also reported that Messenger (PBUH) was cupped on his head for a severe headache while He was in Ihraam. Sahih al-Bukhari(5701).
The head sunnah points are very crucial sunnah points because these points cleanse the entire head, which includes the brain, eyes, ears, gums, teeth and neck. The suction in the cup allows blood to flow freely and carry vital oxygen to the brain. The fresh and oxygenated blood cells nourish the brain and enable the whole body to function properly. Plenty of diseases for instance; migraines, headaches, sinusitis, glaucoma, vertigo, acne and several skin problems may be cured by the will of Allah(SWT).
Head Hijama points help with high blood pressure. When the toxic blood clogs the arteries and veins in the head, that produce high blood pressure. When the stagnated blood departs from the head, the head becomes lighter.
Head Hijama points also help with mental health issues such as stroke, brain hemorrhages and memory loss.
Neck Sunnah Points
The second and third sunnah points are at the back of the neck, just below the hairline. This point is known as ‘Al-Akhda’ain’. These points are in the closeness of regularly utilized acupuncture points called “Feng Chi” which translates to “wind pool”.
It is believed that several pathogens enter the body through this area, therefore treating this area is beneficial for several ailments of the head and neck including migraines, headaches, vertigo, muscular pains, stiffness of the neck, blurry vision, red or swelled eyes, tinnitus, sinus and nasal issues, toothache, sore throat, runny nose, fever and the common cold. These points are also useful for insomnia and also have an amazing effect on the nervous system.
Anas bin Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that The Messenger(PBUH) was treated with cupping 3 times on the two veins on the side of the neck and the base of the neck. Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawud (3860), Sunnah ibn Majjal(3483).
Shoulder Sunnah Points
The fourth sunnah point is located between the shoulder blades. It is known as Al-Kahil. According to a hadith, this particular area may cover seventy-two diseases of a body. This particular point is one of the best points to perform general Hijama as this is the area where toxins and impurities in the blood accumulate. In traditional Chinese medicine, this point is considered to be the meeting point of the blood.
This point is especially beneficial for all sorts of blood disorders whether it is for deficiency or excess blood. These points may contain maximum blood toxins and contamination.
This point is located at the lowest level of the neck. Hijama on this point may cure headaches, flu, cough, asthma, high blood pressure, constipation, hair loss, muscular pains, skin issues, back pain and several other health problems.
The fifth and sixth sunnah points are known as Al-Katifain. They are located on the right and left sides of the fourth point. These Hijama sunnah points may help to cure poisoning, strokes, muscular pains, frozen shoulder, skin issues, and numbness in hands and feet. These points are also called systemic points. These points also increase the circulation of the blood. These points allow the blood to flow freely and also carry oxygenated blood throughout the body. These points also nourish the vital organs of the body which make the immune system stronger.
Narrated by Ibn Majah, the angel Jibreel advised Prophet (PBUH) to perform Hijama on Akhda’ain and al-kahil.
In Ghazwah Khayber, when our Beloved Prophet (PBUH) was poisoned by a Jewish woman, He took Hijama at 3 points at Al-kahil.
Abdullah bin bauhinia (r.a) reported that our Prophet (PBUH) took Hijama on Haamah and between the shoulders( Al-Kahil).
Waist Hijama Sunnah Points
The seventh and eighth sunnah points, known as Al-Waraq, are located on the right and left sides of the waist, parallel with the navel.
Jaabir Ibn Abdullah(r.a) reported that Rasool Allah (PBUH) was cupped on his hips for pain relief in that area.
Waist sunnah points are beneficial in many ways. These points work amazingly with menstrual problems, irregular periods, menopause, menstrual cramps, difficulty in urination, digestive disorders, lower abdominal issues, gastrointestinal problems, bowel disorders, back pain, sciatica pains, weak muscles and legs, constipation, Blooting, kidney issues and poor blood circulation.
The ninth and the last sunnah point, known as the foot sunnah point, is located on the top of the foot.
Jaabir Ibn Abdullah reported that the Messenger (PBUH) fell from his horse onto the trunk of the palm tree and dislocated his foot, so He was cupped on the bruising. Saheeh Sunan Ibn Majah (2807).
Anas Ibn Maalik said, “Our dear Prophet (PBUH) was cupped on the top of his foot”. Sahheh Sunan Ibn Dawud (1836)
According to the sunnah of the Prophet, Hijama on the feet may help to cure headaches, mental disorders, gout-related problems, arthritis, swelling, releases hypertension, fertility problems, Weak muscles in the legs, detoxification of the whole body, and Heel pains like plantar Fasciitis. This point also boosts the nervous system and the immune system which helps to fight against viruses and infections.
Hijama cupping therapy is a very simple procedure which has immediate physical results. Hijama treatment has been used by people with different cultural backgrounds since prehistoric days. It has been used to cure a variety of diseases. We, Muslims use it as a Sunnah Rasool. Hijama works by sucking out the toxic blood and promoting fresh blood and oxygen to the body. The toxic and stagnated blood is the primary cause of plenty of illnesses. Removing these risk factors helps to revive health and avoid sickness.
“If there is something excellent to be used as a remedy, then it is Hijama”. Sunan Ibn Majah.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) explained that Hijama is one of the best medicines.” The best medicine with which you treat yourself is Hijama, or “ the best medicine you can use is Hijama”. Saheeh Bukhari(5371)