Hijama therapy (wet cupping) - its potential use to complement British healthcare in practice, understanding, evidence and regulation

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 May;23:9-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.01.003. Epub 2016 Feb 1.


Wet cupping was used in the nineteenth century for treatment of patients in the United Kingdom (UK) by a few experienced practitioners. Revival Hijama use by practitioners in the UK in recent years has been observed as well as interest from the public, with developments of specific certified training programmes, established businesses providing tailored Hijama therapy Clinical Waste disposal services, provisions of insurance cover, involvement of medical professionals and membership with the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT). However, there has also been noted that there is not much in the way of guidance or regulation. Therefore, we would like to initiate some communication and understanding of Hijama (wet cupping) to benefit medical professionals, discussing recent research undertaken as a basis for potentially more in the future (evidence-based practice), in the likely event that a patient might request to be referred for this therapy during a consultation.

Keywords: Clinical practice; Complementary medicine; Evidence; Hijama; Regulation; Wet cupping.

MeSH terms

  • Bloodletting*
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • United Kingdom