So you may be wondering hijama sounds like a great treatment but what are the side effects? What do I need to be aware of when having hijama and how can I be sure that it’s safe to have treatment? Below I’m going to list the 5 most common side effects of hijama that clients experience after treatment.
Feeling better straight away
Its not uncommon that many clients experience instant relief after hijama treatment. This is very common for muscular pain in the back and other areas of the body and also joint pain as a result of inflammation around the knees or ankles for example. I would still recommend for clients to do a follow up treatment in those areas where they have been having issues especially those with inflammation. This is to give the area time for the blood to flow better to that area after the hijama and the follow up session to ensure that the inflammation and stagnant blood is completely cleared from the area.
This is usually how clients feel in combination to feeling better and especially after a detox treatment or cupping just for the sunnah. The main points of hijama cupping are on the back and when these points are covered, even if its just the upper back (kaahil area) and shoulder it always bring great relief and an uplifting feeling to clients. This is also a result of head cupping most of the time.
Itching of the incisions
As the incisions of the hijama start to dry is it normal that they can get a bit itchy. I always recommend to client to use coconut oil or olive oil on the incisions in order to help them dry out and heal as quickly as possible. Sometimes you can forget that you’ve had hijama the next day and only remember when you find yourself scratching your back or the area that you had the hijama done.
Try your best not to scratch it and instead use the oils mentioned to moisturise them and prevent further irritation. It is also recommended to wear loose and natural fibre clothing to prevent unnecessary rubbing or discomfort over the incisions.
Feeling really tired
Sometimes clients feel so relaxed during hijama treatment that they fall asleep or start to feel sleepy. It is recommended to try and keep talking to clients during the hijama just enough to make sure that they are not only still awake but still conscious. This is part of your safe practice as a therapist as the last thing you want is to have someone collapse during treatment. So even if you feel confident that the client is feeling very relaxed just keep asking them every so often during the treatment if they are ok so that they don’t fall into a deep sleep.
If the client feels very sleepy after the treatment if finished still try to advise them not to sleep straight away. It is important that they stay mobile for at least an hour to let the blood recirculate to the areas they you have just cupped and not cause further stagnation by going to lie down and sleep straight away. They can do light housework or simple chores that are not too strenuous but it is not recommended to go to sleep straight away.
Hijama itself is a great treatment for those who suffer with insomnia so if they have been struggling to sleep it is more than likely that after the hijama treatment they will sleep very well. In my experience as a therapist I have had clients that have preferred to hijama on a Friday evening because the treatment makes them feel very tired for a couple of days and they need a lot of rest to recover from the hijama in order to feel refreshed and much better. By doing hijama on a Friday evening they were able to rest for the weekend before returning to work on Monday.
Having more energy
Hijama is such a wonderful treatment and really works in a way that brings a person’s body back into a homeostatic state. Whenever I have treated someone for extreme tiredness and lack of energy they always feel refreshed and full of life after the hijama treatment Alhamdolillah.