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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2018, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (5): 297-298.doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2018.07.006

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

Tamer Aboushanab a, Saud AlSanad b, c   

  1. a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Riyadh 11662, Saudi Arabia
    b National Center for Complementary Medicine Ministry of Health, Riyadh 11662, Saudi Arabia
    c College of Medicine, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh 11662, Saudi Arabia
  • Received:2018-02-26 Accepted:2018-06-11 Online:2018-09-09 Published:2018-07-31
  • Contact: Tamer Aboushanab; E-mail: t.shaban@nccam.gov.sa

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.

Key words: Cupping, Hijama, Standards, Safety, Equipment

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