A brief illustration of the official national standards for the safe use of cupping therapy (Hijama) in Saudi Arabia

J Integr Med. 2018 Sep;16(5):297-298. doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2018.07.006. Epub 2018 Jul 31.


Cupping therapy (Hijama in Arabic) is a popular traditional treatment especially in Asia, the Middle East and Central Europe. Traditionally, cupping therapy has been one of the most used practices in Saudi Arabia. Standardization of the practice of cupping therapy is a very important step to eliminate or reduce any adverse events related to cupping. This article gives a brief illustration and highlights the important points of the first accredited Saudi Arabian standards for the safe use of cupping equipment and its applications.

Keywords: Cupping; Equipment; Hijama; Safety; Standards.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Safety / standards
  • Government Regulation*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional / instrumentation
  • Medicine, Traditional / methods*
  • Medicine, Traditional / standards
  • Safety / standards*
  • Saudi Arabia