Can I Have Hijama if I’m on my Period?
I often get asked by sisters if they can have hijama while they’re on their period. Many sisters believe that they can’t or that they shouldn’t and will often cancel appointments if they start their period before an appointment. Below I am going to discuss if its ok to have hijama on your period or not and why I think you should or shouldn’t have hijama while on your period. I will also discuss the issue of the female hijama therapist performing hijama while on her period.
For the Client:
Some of the practitioners of the past believed that a woman did not need to have hijama at all because she has a monthly period and only believed it to be necessary once a woman begins her menopause. Most definitely a woman who is in her menopause can and should have hijama maybe more often because it will help to balance her hormones Insha Allah.
However, a woman’s menstrual cycle does not stop her from having physical pain or other ailments that hijama can treat. On the contrary it is very beneficial to women who are having periods as it also helps them to balance their hormones especially if they are having irregular periods, excessive bleeding or prolonged periods.
A woman may also need hijama for back pain, joint pain or an injury etc. there can be so many reasons that she may need hijama at any time and having a period will not cure those.
There is also not any evidence from the sunnah which prohibits a woman on her period from performing hijama. Yes, hijama is a sunnah but it is not an obligatory or Islamic ritual that must be performed in a state of purity like salah or fasting.
Yes, it is highly recommended that hijama should be done in a state of wudhu but it is not obligatory as hijama can be performed on anyone even non-Muslims.
It is perfectly safe to have hijama on your period as long as you feel comfortable. It is important to take into consideration if you have a particularly heavy flow or if you suffer from low blood pressure or iron deficiency as you could feel light headed during hijama.
I would advise for any sister who is having hijama for the first time to do it when she is not on her period because she doesn’t know how her body will react from having the hijama. To be on the safe side and to ensure a good first time experience I always advise sisters to wait until their monthly cycle is over.
If there is an extreme necessity however and the sister needs hijama urgently while she is on her period and in heavy flow you can take the precaution of making her lie down during treatment or sitting on the floor (this is my preferred position).
A client can feel lightheaded from hijama when their blood pressure is low or if they are anaemic. As the risk of this could be increased during the monthly period it makes sense to allow the client to lie down especially if it is their first time having hijama.
Another reason why this is also a good idea is that if you are treating the client for ruqya and they feel dizzy even if they are lying down then it is highly unlikely that the dizziness is being caused by the menstruation or low blood pressure.
In my experience in treating ruqya clients with hijama it is very common for them to feel dizzy and even pass out during the hijama even when they are lying down.
There is also nothing wrong with reciting the Quran while you are on your period if that is an issue for the client. If they are reluctant to do so then you as the therapist can continue to recite during the treatment. Just be sure to let them know that you will be reciting during the treatment especially if you choose to recite quietly.
As I always say, think about WHY you want to have the hijama. If it isn’t urgent then you can do the hijama at another time when you are not on your period.
For the Therapist:
Is it safe to do hijama when you’re on your period if you’re the therapist?
I think that every therapist should decide if they feel that they want to perform hijama while they are menstruating or not. To the best of my knowledge it is not prohibited in the sunnah to do perform hijama while menstruating.
If you know that you get extremely tired and feel weak when you’re on your period or that your energy is low then avoid treating clients and booking appointments during this time.
I think that it is important as a therapist to be in good health and energy as well as mood while doing cupping treatments because this has an effect on the overall experience for the client.
Performing hijama and other holistic therapies can also be physically, emotionally and even spiritually draining. This obviously will vary from person to person but the most important thing is that as a therapist you take care of your own wellbeing before that of your client.
You will no doubt perform better when you are in the best condition yourself and that will in turn benefit the client Insha Allah.
If you personally feel fit and healthy during your period then it is up to you how many treatments you do. If you do feel healthy and strong during your period but notice that excessive work tires you out then be careful to try and do less treatments to avoid burning yourself out.
Make sure that you take breaks to rest and eat nutritious food to avoid feeling lightheaded or dizzy while treating clients.
I would also make an extra effort to recite the ruqya over yourself consistently. You should be doing that anyways regardless of being on your period or not.
However I think that sometimes as sisters on our monthly cycles we can become slack with certain adhkaar and ibaada because we are not in a state of wudhu and unable to perform the salah.
If you know that it is difficult for you to perform hijama while on your period but you rely hijama to make a living just remember that Allah is the provider and Insha Allah you will have the opportunity to take more clients once your period is finished.
Have you performed hijama while on your period or have you had hijama while on your period before? If so what was your experience?