Al Hijama Cupping Therapy was established in 2015 by Br Suhayl Patel, a Certified Hijama Practitioner (CHP) based in Bolton, Lancashire.

With extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of Hijama cupping therapy treatments, Suhayl has attained a recognised Accredited Higher Diploma Level 5 in Hijama Cupping Therapy (Dip.HCT) regulated by GRCCT (The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies).

"I decided to embark on this journey to become a qualified practitioner for two reasons. First and foremost it has spiritual benefits being the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ and secondly it has enabled me to learn, share and help others by treating people through Hijama therapy."

"I pride myself to provide a unique service tailored to each individual and offer the best, professional and honest service as I possibly can. I provide the highest standard of service at all times making sure patient care and safety is at the heart of everything. I am very hygiene conscious and best practices are in force at all times."

Hijama is not just recommended to treat particular ailments, but there is a reward if performed with the correct niyyah (intention) of carrying out a Sunnah. In fact, many Muslims have Hijama performed regularly for this very reason.

The Prophet ﷺ said “Whosoever has revived one of my Sunnah, has in fact loved me. And the one who has loved me, will be with me in Paradise.”

By having Hijama performed, not only does this have physical & spiritual benefits, but it strengthens ones connection & love for the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

My aim In Shaa Allah is to help educate, revive this Sunnah and see it alive in the lives of many Muslims in the coming years. Please contact me for more information, or advice about treating particular conditions or just to have Hijama performed for maintaining general well-being.


Hijama is an Arabic word meaning ‘sucking or vacuum’. Originally Hijama was known as ‘cupping’ because of the use of cups as therapeutic tools.

Hijama therapy is vastly beneficial to all human beings and if it was not, Prophet ﷺ would not have recommended it to his nation. He placed such high importance on it and advised Muslims to use it as “cure for themselves”. Cuppers throughout time and western, modern scientists accept that there are huge advantages to cupping. It is a cheap, effective, safe method of using your own body to prevent, heal and cure itself of illnesses, aches, pains and diseases.

It is deeply relaxing and therapeutic for the patient. It boosts the immune system, detoxifies the body, improves blood circulation, removes blood stasis, heals and strengthens all internal organs, improves the skin condition and gives an automatic deep tissue massage. There are massive benefits achieved from cupping.

Indeed, there are even more if Hijama is practiced in accordance to the Sunnah. It can potentially cure all diseases if the person eats well, exercises, thinks positively and prays in conjunction with regular Hijama therapy. By the will of Allah SWT It has immediate and long-term effects.

There are three different types of Cupping:

Moving Cupping

This is the process where we keep the cups moving with the aid of oil. This is immensely relaxing and invigorating. Moving Cupping can be administered at any time and as much as the patient likes. Moving Cupping is beneficial for conditions like eczema and acne. It is used to prevent muscle atrophy, and promotes local blood circulation to supply more oxygen, hormones and enzymes to tissues and joints.

This, in turn nourishes local nerves and cells to keep local tissues warm and increase elasticity and flexibility of muscles and joints. This method relieves muscular pain by relaxing muscle fibers and increasing blood circulation. It is also used to treat neurological conditions, such as numbness and post‐stroke weakness.

Dry Cupping

This is the process where the cups are placed on the body with suction however, unlike “Wet Cupping” (Hijama) blood is not removed from the skin. The suction of the cups draws toxic substances to the skins surface and causes congestions. Thus, it stimulates blood and lymph circulation around the body.

The flesh is sucked in to the cup and left to promote blood circulation. This in turn, releases stagnant energy and re‐energizes the patient. The techniques used create different levels of pressure for the patient, depending upon their strength, health, specific illness, energy level & age.

Wet cupping (Hijama)

This is the process where the cups are placed on the body with suction (dry cupping) then small scratches to the superficial layers of the skin are made under the cup with a surgical blade which stimulates blood to rise to the surface.

This is toxic, unhealthy, stagnant blood and uric acid which needs to be released from the body. If it stays in the bloodstream, it hinders the rest of the blood supply, organ functions and other bodily systems. It causes new illnesses or makes a sick person even unhealthier.

This is the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and this is called Hijama.

Dr Munir Ravalia, head of The International Cupping Therapy Society talks about Hijama Cupping Therapy.

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The Prophet (PBUH) also said: “If there is anything good in the medicines with which you treat yourselves, it is in the incision of the Hijama therapist, or a drink of honey or cauterization with fire, But I Do Not Like To Be Cauterized.” [Muslim #2205]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, I did not pass by any group of angels on the night of Al Isra’ (Ascension), except they said to me: “O Muhammad, order your nation to do Cupping”. [Ibn Majah #3477]

The Prophet (PBUH) explained that Hijama is one of the best medicines: “The best medicine with which you treat yourselves is Hijama, or it is one of the best of your medicines,” or “The best treatment you can use is Hijama.” [Al Bukhari #5371]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Cupping is the most helpful procedure for human beings to cure themselves.” (Al Bukhari, 5357, and Muslim 1577)

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The best treatment is Hijama; it removes blood, lightens the back and sharpens the eyesight.” [At Tirmidhi #3053]

Anas ibn Maalik reported that the Messenger (pbuh) said, “Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) and let none of you allow his blood to rage (boil) such that it kills him.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].

Anas ibn Maalik y reported that the Messenger r said, “When the weather becomes extremely hot, seek aid in cupping (hijama). Do not allow your blood to rage (boil) such that it kills you.” [Reported by Hakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and he authenticated it and Imam ad-Dhahabi agreed (4/212)].

Anas narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) used to have Hijama done on the veins on the side of the neck and the upper back. [At Tirmidhi]

Anas ibn Maalik reported that the Messenger said, “Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st…” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].

‘Ibn ‘Umar RA, reported that the Messenger (pbuh), said, “Hijama on an empty stomach is best. It increases the intellect and improves the memory.” (‘Ibn Mājah 3487)

“For every disease there is a cure so if the medicine comes upon the disease it cures it by the will of Allah, the Most High.” [Saheeh Muslim – 2204]

“Jibreel (Angel Gabriel) has informed me that Hijama Cupping is the most useful medication for People.” Stated by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as reported by Abu-Hurayrah (recorded by al-hakim, verified to be authentic by al-Albani) [Sahih ul-Jami # 218].

“If there is something excellent to be used as a remedy, then it is Hijama Cupping”. Reported by Abu Huraira. [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah #3476]


Yes we do, due to a high demand for a Female Practitioner I am delighted to announce Al Hijama Cupping is now working alongside Sr Seema Musa (CHP).

Sr Seema has her own private in house clinic in Prestwich and Bolton. Please contact us for further details.
As long as you are being treated by a fully qualified practitioner who has attained a Higher level 5 Diploma or above in Hijama/Cupping therapy then in shaa Allah it is perfectly safe. All equipment used is Sterile/brand new and used only once and disposed of after the session.

My yaqeen/firm belief is that Hijama has been recommended to us by our beloved Prophet ﷺ so it can never be harmful if performed properly.
It entirely depends on the individual’s pain threshold, so far almost all of the patients I have treated don’t feel any pain and majority are having hijama cupping treatment done for the first time.

Several small scratches are made to the upper surface of the skin to withdraw the stagnant blood to which some feel slight discomfort and others feel ticklish (this particular process only lasts give or take 1 min).

The scratches feel lighter than a paper cut and less painful than a blood test.

There is absolutely nothing to worry about, this is a controlled treatment. Everyone I have treated so far have been amazed how relaxing the whole treatment was.

My Only advice is not to watch any videos before coming for treatment as it will only make you more nervous.
Make sure your stomach is empty when you arrive for treatment.

‘Ibn ‘Umar RA, reported that the Messenger (pbuh), said, “Hijama on an empty stomach is best. It increases the intellect and improves the memory.” (‘Ibn Mājah 3487)

Also, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking water before and after the treatment.

The most common side effect of cupping is the discoloration that occurs in the region where the pressurised cup is placed on the skin.

It is important to note this is not a bruise! Bruises hurt and these discolorations carry no pain. These marks are cleansed by the body’s lymph system so the duration is dependent on the efficiency of the lymph system.

Typically a fit person who hydrates well will clear up in 5-7 days. When a person is under-hydrated or is not at optimal lymph flushing the discoloration could last 10-14 days.

The small scratches will also fade away within 7-14 days depending on age and skin type.
I have personally researched this question and have found nothing authentic to say it is Sunnah to have it done every 3, 6, 9 or 12months. It is up to an individual, some do it every 2 months as a preventative therapy on the Sunnah days, which is 17th, 19th and the 21st of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Others have it done every 3 to 6 months or even after a year, all depends on how you feel and current state of health.

My personal recommendation can only be given after I have assessed you
The best days to do Hijama are on the 17th, 19th and the 21st of the Islamic Lunar Calendar in light of some hadiths, especially if these dates fall on Monday, Tuesday or a Thursday.

Any Thursday, Monday or Tuesday of any given week is also good but it is not preferred on the first few days of the beginning of the month and the last few days of the end of the lunar month - especially if the days fall on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and it should be avoided on Wednesday.

In illness or ailment it can be done on any day, time and hour as and when needed. It is best when done in the morning, it is best done when it is warm or hot and it is best done on an empty stomach. Shaykh Mufti Ibn Adam al-Kawthari of Darul Ifta (Leicester) has written in reply to another fellow Hijama practioner’s question:

"Please can you clarify, if there are any restrictions on the days/dates that Hijama is to be performed?" Shaykh Mufti sabs reply was:

“Hijama can be done on any given date or time.

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal would be treated with cupping whenever his blood increased, no matter what time it was. However, it is preferable (in light of some hadiths) to have it done on the 17th, 19th and 21st of each Islamic month.” And Allah knows best.
It can with the Will of Almighty Allah SWT. It is Sunnah to use the means (hijama) but ultimately we have to have firm belief (yaqeen) that Allah SWT and ONLY Allah SWT has the power to grant Shifa/Healing.

“For every disease there is a cure so if the medicine comes upon the disease it cures it by the will of Allah, the Most High.” [Saheeh Muslim – 2204]
Remember that everyone is different. There are some factors that will indicate the number of treatments you require; how long you have had your problem/injury/illness, age, if you have been on medication and for how long. Another factor could be your current lifestyle, diet, exercise and even sleeping patterns.

You may only need one to three or may require even more. Would have a clearer picture after medical assessment/screening on your first appointment.
Cupping is a very good curative and importantly a preventive measure also which gets rid of acidic toxic waste which accumulates in our bodies (blood stasis) as we grow older.

Sources of toxic waste include the polluted air we breathe; toxic chemicals/pesticides found in your food, water, drinks, household chemicals & toiletries; environmental waste in your neighbourhood; intoxicating drinks, narcotic drugs, junk food and smoking; waste products of normal body, products of medicinal drugs, impact of trauma and accidents on our body, and toxins from mental stress, anger, anxiety and depression.

The blood stasis (stagnated or congested blood) slow down or block supply of blood via blood capillaries which deliver much needed oxygen, nutrients, water, mineral electrolyte, vitamins, enzymes, hormones and immune system cells & antibodies to your cells, tissues and organ.

The blockage also prevents the removal of carbon dioxide, metabolic waste products and toxic substance which are excreted via our urine, lungs and skin.

As a result your cells, tissues, and organs cannot function at its normal healthy level and become progressively weak, inefficient, and easily overcome by germs. This would cause tissue or organ to malfunction and infection to take place. Therefore you will experience symptoms of diseases such as aches and pain, numbness, fever, cough, stomach ache, constipation, diarrhoea and headaches. If left untreated further accumulation of toxic waste may lead to serious chronic diseases including hypertension, ulcers, diabetes, arthritis, alzheimer’s disease, migraine, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Good question, I do not dispose anything in normal waste bins.

The waste is arranged to be collected by a professional clinical waste company who come and collect from me.
I am sorry to say I have, I don’t have the flexibility to do this anymore and at the same time it was very tiring and bad for my back, especially carrying my portable massage chair/bed plus the cupping equipment back and forth. I now treat people in a Private Rented room in a local shop on Halliwell Road, Bolton on the Islamic Sunnah Days every month.



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