Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Need to Develop a Statutory Regulatory Body for the Practice of Al-Hijama

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Need to Develop a Statutory Regulatory Body for the Practice of Al-Hijama

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The White Paper, Trust, Assurance and Safety, states,

Some existing professionals who are not statutorily regulated have been in practice with patients for many years; practice that carries at least the same potential risk to members of the public who use their services as that of the statutorily regulated professions. The Government believes that these professionals should also be subject to a system of regulation that is proportionate to the risks and benefits entailed.1

Al-Hijama is not a new therapy. Nevertheless, all practitioners need to reflect upon the consequences of such thinking and act before requirements are imposed from outside the profession.

Al-Hijama is an approach to preventive medicine and clinical and spiritual healing which is widespread across the United Kingdom. It is a technique founded in the practice of wet cupping, with origins predating Islam. Its variations include dry cupping, cupping massage and flash cupping: integral to wet cupping is the practice of multiple small superficial cuts which lead to bleeding within the cup. This should impose on practitioners the need for a modern day clinical approach. The rapid growth of Al-Hijama clinics, mobile services and widespread advertising on the Internet means that there is an urgent need to develop a code of practice and statutory register. Such a register will act as a quality indicator and protect the public both from charlatans and those who are inadequately trained.

Training organisations and individual trainers should expect to be regularly policed so as to ensure quality and reproducible standards of assessment. Within all programmes, there must be evidence of hands-on supervised experience. …

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