General History

In China , 4000 BC, records are found that cupping therapy has been practiced in China.

Ancient Egyptians had used therapeutic cupping as drawn on the walls of tombs and temples. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use cupping therapy systematically. Ebers papyrus, thought to be the oldest medical textbook approximately 1550 B.C., in Egypt, describes bleeding by cupping in order to remove the foreign matter from the body.

Religious history

The great prophet of Islam Muhamad (PBUH) had used Al-Hijama on his honourable head for migraine and on his honourable hip joint and back of the neck, lateral sides of the neck and between shoulders. It is mentioned in that recorded by Muhammad al-Bukhari (5263) and Muslim (2952), saying “The Al-Hijama is the best of your remedies”. Jaabir ibn Abdullah reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Indeed in cupping (Al-Hijama) there is a cure.” [Saheeh Muslim (5706)]. Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Healing is in three things: in the incision of the cupper (Al-Hijama), in drinking honey, and in cauterizing with fire, but I forbid my Ummah from cauterization (branding with fire).” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5681), Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3491)]

Also the angels mentioned to the Prophet that he recommend Al-Hijama to his ummah. Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (Al-Hijama), O Muhammad.”[Saheeh Sunan ibn Majah]. In the narration reported by Abdullah ibn Mas’ud ”the angels said, “Oh Muhammad, order your Ummah with Al-Hijama (cupping) .” [Saheeh Sunan Tirmidhee (3479)]