The best days for cupping hijama
It is important to perform Hijama according to the Sunnah.
The best days for cupping (Hijama) are the 17th, 19th and 21st of the Islamic, lunar month. There are many authentic narrations in the hadith to explain and support this.
Anas ibn Maalik radiAllaah anhu reported that the Messenger SalAllaahualayhiwasallam said,
“Whoeverwants to perform cupping (Hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and
[Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].
The moon has a huge influence upon Prophetic medicine in Islam and mentioned frequently throughout The Holy Quran. The moon has a huge impact upon all life forms on Earth including human beings, animals, fish, plants and water bodies, because of its gravitational pull on Earth. It causes all fluids to rise at particular times of during the monthly lunar cycle. This also includes a change in the human body, thus the recommended times to perform Hijama. It all has to do with gravitational pull and the levels of the four fluid humors (black & yellow bile, blood and phlegm) and water inside the human body at certain times of the month. Just as the moon affects the tide of the ocean, it affects the human body.
According to Ibn Sina’s research, the four humors inside the human body were on the rise and in a state of agitation during the full moon. The full moon pulls the blood towards the skull during the full moon. As the moon begins to wane in the third week of the month, the fluids begin to recline in the body. The residue that is left over in the upper parts of the body is septic and should be removed through hijama, in order to cleanse the blood and cardio-vascular system.
Ibn Umar radiAllaah anhu reported that the Messenger salAllaahu alayhiwasallam said,
“Cupping (Hijama) on an empty stomach* is best. In it is a cure and a blessing. It improves the intellect and the memory.
[Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3487)].
* ‘alaa ar-reeq in arabic means to fast until after being treated with cupping. Once the treatment of cupping has been completed, one may eat and drink.
As for the Islamic day and night, the night enters before the day. So at sunset on Tuesday, Wednesday night comes in. Cupping (hijama) is best performed during the daytime between the adhaan of fajr and the adhaan of maghrib because yawm in arabic means daytime.