Sites of Cupping
al-Bukhaari (2156) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping on his head when he was in ihraam, and for some kinds of pain.” It was also narrated by Muslim (1203) from the hadeeth of Ibn Buhaynah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping on the road to Makkah when he was in ihraam, in the middle of his head.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Cupping in the veins at the side of the neck is beneficial for sicknesses of the head and its parts, such as the face, teeth, ears, eyes, nose and throat, if the cause is an excess of blood or corruption of the blood, or both. End quote from Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/51.
al-Nasaa’i (2849) narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping when he was in ihraam, on the back of his foot, for a pain in that site. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Cupping beneath the chin is beneficial for pains in the teeth, face and throat, if it is used at the right time. It purifies the head and hands. Cupping on the top of the foot is a substitution for venesection of the saafin, which is a large vein in the heel; it is beneficial for treating abscesses of the thigh and calf, cessation of menses and itching in the testicles. Cupping at the bottom of the chest is beneficial for the treatment of sores, scabies and pustules on the thighs, and of gout and scabies.