Hijama (also known as wet cupping) is a natural, holistic, healing therapy by drawing out the excess blood lying dormant underneath the skin. It consists of a vacuum device attached to a disposable cup that is to be placed to certain parts of the body. The vacuum decompresses the area under the cup for some minutes to increase circulation. The cup then is removed, a sterile surgical blade is used to make small incisions on the epidermis, the cup is replaced again, and suction by negative pressure is repeated to let blood and interstitial fluids drain.
Hijama procedures are non-medical procedures. Although there are health benefits associated with hijama, More specifically, hijama is not used to examine, diagnose, treat, offer to treat, cure, or attempt to cure any physical or mental disease or disorder, or any physical deformity or injury. This is strictly religious and spiritual based practice.