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Shazia Anjum1*, Atiya Anjum2, Shazia Jilani3, Mohammad Junaid Siddiqui1
1Department of Tahaffuzi-Wa-Samaji Tibb, Faculty of Medicine (Unani), Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India.
2Department of Tahaffuzi-Wa-Samaji Tibb, Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India.
3Department of Moalijat, Faculty of Medicine (Unani), Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India.

Volume 2, Issue 3, Page 178-188, September-December 2014.

Article history
Received: 20 July 2014
Revised: 10 August 2014
Accepted: 18 August 2014
Early view:20 August 2014

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Musculoskeletal disorders are major public health problem which needs prompt intervention for its management. There are four methods of treatment in practice in Unani system of medicine i.e. regimenal therapy (Ilaj-bil-Tadbeer), dietotherapy (Ilaj-bil-Ghiza), drug therapy (Ilaj-bil-Dawa) and surgery (Ilaj-bil-Yad). Regimenal therapy includes cupping (hijamah), venesection (fasd), leeching (taaleeque), Turkish bath (hammam), exercise (riyazat), massage (dalak) etc. Regimenal therapy particularly cupping therapy is used for the treatment of a number of musculoskeletal disorders like neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, osteoarthritis etc. Musculoskeletal disorders affect the body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. They are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability, and they influence hundreds of millions of people around the world. In clinical practice, hijamah is regularly observed to bring about pain relief and to increase a patient’s general wellbeing as well. The procedure of Hijamah is economical, easy and safe and can reach out to the mass easily.

Keywords: Regimenal therapy, Hijamah, Cupping, Musculoskeletal disorder.