The following is a guest blog-post by Ainsley Macadam, a female Hijama Practitioner in Nelson, Lancashire, UK and originally appeared on the Hijama blog www.ahealth.co.uk , as the following link, and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
Please give us a short introduction about yourself, and in particular how you ended up being a hijama therapist?
My name is Ainsley Macadam, I am an Hijama practitioner and a Unani Tibb Herbalist.
Shortly after reverting to Islam, ma sha Allah, I came across a book entitled ‘Medicine of the Prophet (PBUH)’. The subject fascinated me. I carried out further research and after deciding I wanted to study and practice Islamic Medicine I was directed to Hakim M Salim Khan – author, practitioner and teacher of Unani-Tibb, Islamic Medicine – based in Leicester.
As part of that degree-level course I wrote a dissertation on Hijama, which, as well as learning about the Quraanic and Hadith teachings on the subject, the techniques, processes and benefits, also lead me to explore the teaching and status of Hijama around the world, and, particularly in the UK.
From that research I found ICAHT to be the provider of the most comprehensive Hijama course in the UK and, ma sha Allah, went on to study and qualify with them.
Alhumdulillah I now run an integrated health clinic in Nelson, Lancs., which offers a team of practitioners specialising in Unani Tibb and Hijama medicine.
– What particular illnesses/ conditions (if any), do you specialise / had the most experience in?
Being a Unani Tibb herbalist as well as a hijama practitioner I encounter a wide variety of conditions, and, treat using a combination of both Traditions; diabetes, digestive issues, skin complaints, specific women’s and men’s health complaints, mental health issues etc.
– And do you find that in your experience, the conditions/illnesses that you have come across respond well to cupping (hijama) therapy? And if so, what are they?
As long as the Patient is a suitable candidate for hijama, i.e. their general health permits the use of wet cupping and it won’t leave them unnecessarily drained, hijama is very effective, particularly if the Patient heeds any dietary/lifestyle/therapeutic advice to maximise the benefits of the treatment.
The most immediate improvements, without regard to dietary and other factors, can be seen in cases associated with stress, musculo-skeletal issues (including joint pain) and toxicity.
– Do you have any interesting case-studies that you can briefly share with us from your hijama treatments?
To meet someone who is wracked with pain, unsteady on their feet and describes a life of constant discomfort and struggle is humbling, to say the least. Ma sha Allah, to be given the opportunity to help these individuals is, alhumdulillah, an amazing gift. Since being in practice I have seen improvements in cases ranging from chronic musculo- skeletal pain to pronounced scoliosis to those with a history of stroke, as well as those suffering visceral conditions i.e. gynaecological issues, asthma and hypertension.
– Also what would you say about using cupping as a general preventative therapy and how often would you recommend this (once a month? once/twice a year?)
As recommended by Ibn Sina, when the Patient has reached their individual optimum level of health, hijama is certainly effective as a prophylactic treatment.
Depending on the Patient’s innate constitution, treatment of the main Sunnah points and perhaps the systemic detox points would be recommended twice annually, i.e. in the Spring time and in the Autumn.
Spring is the time our blood and our natural detox processes (the internal spring clean) are most active and to which hijama can readily contribute. Autumn is the time to address any excesses of the summer months before malady has the opportunity to set in over the dormant and sluggish winter months.
– What is the status and overall prevalance of hijama therapy in Nelson Lancashire and in UK ? Is it available in hospitals and clinics as a valid alternative / sunnah therapy?
As is the case in the UK generally, the awareness and the practice of hijama are growing. Media coverage in the Summer of 2016, due to the Olympic games, helped raise the profile of hijama further and served to highlight the importance of providing competent, responsible and standardised training.
– Whereabouts is your clinic or practice located and what services do you offer?
We can be found at our primary clinic, CliniCare (Nelson, BB9 7NS) where hijama, Unani Tibb, private medical consultations and advanced skincare are available. Limited services are also available at our satellite clinic in Bradford. Enquiries can be made via our website www.clinicareuk.co.uk and on our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/CliniCareUK/
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