Women and Children
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding performing Hijama on women and children.
Hijama / Cupping on Children:
For children under the age of 16, parents must inform their GP that they will be trying an alternative therapy such as Hijama and make sure it is documented on their medical records.
The youngest age for Hijama we would advise is 4-5 years old; however we would strongly recommend that Hijama is not performed on a child this young without a very strong need, or lack of alternative options.
Can Hijama be performed on pregnant women
No. This involves the risk of either miscarriage or premature labour, depending on which stage of pregnancy the woman is in. For any aches, pains or symptoms during pregnancy, women should be advised to seek other natural cures which are safe during pregnancy.
How long must a woman wait after childbirth to have cupping / Hijama done?
This is dependent upon the type of pregnancy and childbirth she has had. It is best to wait a minimum of forty days, to allow the body to settle and regain strength and the forty-day bleed to finish.
Caesareans and other intervened childbirths will take longer to heal. It is always best to allow a woman plenty of time to heal, post child-birth before cupping.
As a note, Hijama is excellent for women post child-birth as a detox. Often women who have taken the epidural injection during labour are left with long term back pain. Hijama has shown to help with these cases.
Can Hijama be performed on breast-feeding women?
Yes. Whilst a woman is breast feeding, her body has not returned to normal due to the hormonal changes required for breast feeding. It can help prevent cases of mastitis, which is a condition whereby the milk ducts get blocked causing the breasts to become very hard and painful, inducing fever and a risk of infection. Never cup directly on the area of the breasts.
Can Hijama / Cupping be performed on women whilst on their menses?
Yes, it is safe for women to have Hijama done whilst on their menses there is no Islamic or medical prohibition.