This is an FYI. I personally don’t need to be shown scientific evidence regarding the benefits of hijaamah. Prophetic ahaadeeth are sufficient for me.
No Ban on Cupping – Council
By Abdullah Al-Hariri
The Council of Health Services has denied reports that the Ministry of Health has outright prohibited blood cupping, or Hijama, as a method of treatment.” The prohibition of cupping does not mean [the Ministry] denies cupping as a method of treatment, but we want to avoid harm to people under treatment,” a Ministry official said.
A press statement released on the Ministry Web site said that stories in the media that depict the prohibition of cupping as violating the
teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was not correct. Instead, they are trying to combat some cupping practitioners who don’t care to follow the correct steps of cleaning,sterilization, and infection control. Many recent reports have pointed to incidents where some people being treated by cupping have developed infectious diseases.
The Council of Health Services issued a decree prohibiting cupping
months ago based on scientific grounds, saying the benefits of
cupping haven’t been proven on a scientific basis. Many cupping
clinics have closed their doors, Saudi German Hospital
was forced to change the theme of one of its workshops on cupping
after the practice was declared banned by the Ministry. Osman Al-Rabia,
the council’s general coordinator, said the council recently rejected
licensing the practice of blood cupping in the Kingdom until its usage
is verified from a scientific point of view, denoting that the council
recognizes only practices that have solid medical grounding.
He said the council directed the Alternative Medicine Center to raise
awareness of this practice in society and follow up on new scientific