The story of the "mysterious circles" on the backs and shoulders of the famous Michael Phelps and many other contestants, which ended with an explanation by experts that this is an ancient Arab bloodletting therapy, prompted the world public to investigate this atypical medical method a little more in deep.
In the Islamic world, hijam has been known for a long time and has been applied and recommended both as a preventive measure and as a medicine. It is a way of pumping blood from the back, neck, shoulders and injured parts of the body, through cups attached to a pump in which a vacuum is created. Because hijam is performed in a very easy way and has great healing power, the fields of its application are wide.
Hijam is used for rheumatism, headaches, migraines, flu, back pain, painful menstruation, infertility, chronic cough, bronchial asthma, paralysis, toothache, hypertension, insomnia, arthritis, sore throat, depression and other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. In addition, it is effective in relieving the symptoms of neutropenia, helping to eliminate pain and inflammation, and relieving the symptoms of those who suffer from varicose veins. Due to the application of vacuum, the transmission of any infection through the blood is prevented. Thus, hijam is a completely safe and recommended method of treatment.