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Pregnancy & Hijama/Wet Cupping Therapy

There are several questions that everyone asks about pregnancy and hijama cupping therapy. Let’s talk about it.


What is Hijama?

Hijama Cupping Therapy is an alternative medical therapy that involves suction. Cups are applied to the skin to facilitate suction. The suction is like a deep tissue massage intended to mobilize the flow of blood and speed up the natural healing process. Hijama offers multiple benefits to improve overall health by applying negative pressure to the muscles and pulling the skin upwards.

In this article, I will try to answer the question about pregnancy and hijama cupping therapy. Some of the questions are as under:

1- Is Hijama helpful for a woman to achieve pregnancy?

2- Is it helpful to perform Hijama when someone is trying to conceive?

3- Is it safe to perform hijama on a pregnant woman?

4- What is the best time to perform hijama after childbirth?

5- Is it safe for breastfeeding mothers to perform Hijama?

6- Is it safe to perform Hijama after a miscarriage?

Let’s discuss these questions one by one.

Males and females can experience infertility for several reasons. One of the most common issues is inflammation or blockage of the fallopian tubes. The function of the fallopian line is to carry the eggs from the ovary to the uterus. If the tube is blocked, the eggs cannot be carried by the uterus then conception won’t occur. Other reasons may include PCOS, hormonal imbalance, irregular menstruation, imbalance of the thyroid gland and when a woman can’t ovulate. When regular Hijama cupping therapy is performed for infertility issues, it improves blood circulation, removes stagnated blood and allows the body to supply fresh oxygenated blood around the entire body, which helps to conceive. Hijama invokes ovulation by implanting the eggs. It helps to reduce the symptoms of thyroid disorder and imbalanced hormones and also regulates the menstrual cycle. Hijama also relieves pain and cramps as a result of menstruation. For male infertility issues, hijama improves the quality of sperm, treats infection and reduces inflammation.

According to January 2016 study at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, hijama treatment is appropriate for infertile women to achieve pregnancy goals. Pieces of evidence are presented in this case study for infertile women who got pregnant after multiple sessions of Hijama treatment.

2- Is it helpful to perform Hijama when someone is trying to conceive?

This is a frequent question that most women ask when they have done all the tests and treatments and trying to conceive. So the concept is that everything is fine so they do not need Hijama therapy. The second concept is that Hijama could be harmful to conception. Both of these theories are not correct.

Hijama cupping therapy is one of the most popular alternate therapy nowadays. It offers multiple benefits to improve overall health by applying negative pressure to the muscles. When an individual is in the mode of stress, muscles get stiff and tensed. Cupping therapy helps to relax the muscles. Hijama cupping therapy increases blood circulation and eliminates toxins from the body.

Hijama helps to reduce pain and inflammation, which increases fresh oxygenated blood flow and provides relaxation and well-being to the body.

Hijama cupping therapy is very favourable for those women who endeavour to conceive. It is essential to do a pregnancy test before going to the therapist.


3- Is it safe to perform hijama on a pregnant woman?

Hijama cupping therapy should not be performed on a pregnant lady. It is extensive to take care of your health during pregnancy. Pregnancy time is not only connected with a mother’s health, but a growing baby also shares that connection. Some women prefer to use all-natural methods to manage mild issues during pregnancy. Hijama cupping therapy is not considered a safer option during pregnancy. Hijama may invoke the risk of either miscarriage or premature labour, depending on which stage of pregnancy a woman is in. I would not suggest Hijama cupping therapy at any stage of pregnancy.

As Hijama cupping therapy is performed, a negative pressure is applied to the cups that loosens the muscles, increases blood flow and stretches the internal organs and tissues. The negative pressure also stimulates the deep tissues, which might be dangerous to the growing baby.

According to a few Hijamists, dry cupping therapy can be performed in the last month of the first trimester. It is prevalent for pregnant women to suffer from stiffness of muscles, lethargy and exhaustion. Dry cups should be applied on the neck, shoulder blade and upper back. The cups should be left on the skin for at most five minutes and the suction is supported to be very light and gentle. Gentle massage techniques can also be applied to the upper part of the back to release pressure from stiff muscles.


There is no specific time to perform hijama after childbirth. The experience of pregnancy and childbirth is different for every woman. It is highly recommended that a woman may wait a minimum of 10 to 12 weeks after the delivery. There are several hormonal changes that a woman’s body goes through after delivery. Vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, swelling, stitches, hormonal imbalance, energy loss and constipation are some health issues that a woman’s body undergoes after delivery. Pain and fatigue are also commonly reported by women after giving birth. It is evident that a woman should gain strength and needs to settle down with the new changes in her body. A woman's body needs plenty of time to heal by itself. C-sections may take a longer time to heal than natural delivery. Several massage techniques and dry cupping therapy can help to support quick recovery from aches, pains and weakness.

Hijama cupping therapy acts as a detoxifying agent for women’s post-childbirth. Women often take epidural injections during labour to relieve the pain. These injections have plenty of side effects. The most common issue is lower back pain which lasts long for years. Talk to your doctor about performing Hijama as he agrees, then proceed with Hijama after childbirth.


5- Is it safe for breastfeeding mothers to perform Hijama?

Breastfeeding mothers can perform Hijama cupping therapy. It is a safe therapy for mothers.

Hijama solves several health issues by increasing blood flow, improving lymphatic drainage and boosting the natural healing procedure. Hijama cupping therapy sucks out the stagnated blood, internal heat and several gases and positively affects overall health. Hijama relaxes the muscles, and when fresh blood flows to the cupped area, it increases platelets and growth factors needed for the stimulation and healing of all the organs in the body. The impact of Hijama on breastfeeding mothers is always positive and healthy. Hijama is one of the most effective methods of releasing toxins from the body. Besides taking toxins out, it also provides fresh oxygen to the blood and necessary nutrition to the whole body, making the quality of health better for breastfeeding mothers.

Hijama cupping therapy is not recommended for those unfortunate women who have experienced miscarriages recently. After a miscarriage, the body needs time to recover. It may take six months or a year to regain the strength of the body. The recovery depends upon the type of miscarriage a woman has experienced. It is highly recommended to have a nutritious diet and plenty of sound sleep to recover the ailing body. Miscarriages not only harm a woman physically but disturb them mentally too. So it is essential to focus on the physical and mental health of women. Talk to your doctor before performing Hijama after a miscarriage.

Hijama is a natural, holistic, healing therapy that connects the body, mind, and soul. Hijama cupping therapy with a well-balanced diet and lifestyle change is the best treatment for several health issues. There are several health conditions in which Hijama cupping therapy is not recommended for a specific time.

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