Ever since time began, people have searched for cures to their ailments.

From holistic therapies to modern day treatments, almost everything has been tried and tested at some point, yet the answers to life’s many health questions remain a mystery today.

With medicine at its most advanced level in history, people may be surprised to hear industry experts have recently turned their attention to one age-old treatment, practiced for centuries upon centuries.

Hijama, or ‘cupping’ as it is widely known, is the Arabic practice of drawing blood from the skin through a vacuum placed on a person’s body.

It was referenced by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the ‘best of remedies’ for a person who is suffering and provides relief from both physical and mental illnesses.

In Leeds, a new dedicated Hijama clinic has recently opened up giving men and women the chance to unlock their natural health with the help of some nifty suction cups.

Key to Cure is based in the Unity Business Centre on Roundhay Road and is operated by husband and wife team, Naeem Ahmed and Shehnaz Anwar.

After running the business from home for almost a decade, the therapeutic duo have now expanded their business into a professional dedicated clinic for hijama.

“I first experienced cupping in Saudi Arabia 12 years ago,” Naeem said. “Unfortunately when I returned to England, I could not find any local clinics that carried out this practice.

“My wife was already practising in the treatment and so I undertook the same training and we are now both qualified as certified hijama practitioners (CHP).

“Key to Cure is the only company in Leeds with a dedicated space for Hijama and word of mouth is quickly spreading about the benefits you can quickly gain from such treatment.”

Naeem and Shehnaz are both fully registered and qualified Hijama clinicians, recognised by the GRCCT (The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies) and are members of HNA (Hijama Nation Association).


The pair are able to provide different methods of cupping to clients, depending on their ailments, with the treatment known to have a range of positive effects, both physically and mentally.

From stress relief to muscle pains, memory and hair loss to fertility treatment, hijama has been known to have countless desirable effects for people from all backgrounds.

“Hijama is a traditional treatment that has been helping millions of people around the world for over 1,400 years,” Naeem added.

“Many people will have seen the likes of Olympian Michael Phelps during the Olympics with ‘cup marks’ on his body. It goes to show that even some of the greatest athletes in the world put their faith in this.”

The two main types of hijama treatments are dry cupping and wet cupping.

In wet cupping therapeutic cups are placed on various parts of the body to cause local congestion, through a negative pressure created by a special pump. This stimulates these areas and in turn increases blood flow causing bruising, thus bringing the toxins to the surface of the skin.

Wet hijama cupping follows the same process yet the cups are taken off and small little superficial scratches are made on the surface of the skin, piercing it. The cups are then reapplied, creating a negative pressure pulling out the diseased and toxic blood.

“Different treatments work for different people but our success rate of treating illnesses, muscle pains and aches is almost 99 per cent,” he added.

“For the best results, we recommend a cupping massage, which involves moving the cups on a person’s body, before following that up with a session of wet cupping.”

Contact Key to Cure today and unlock your perfect health for a better life and a better you.

Contact details:

Unity Business Centre,

Unit 18, 26 Roundhay Road,

Leeds, LS7 1AB

Male Therapist: 07590 911 770

Female Therapist: 07525 924 658