Breakfast for children

Breakfast for children

A King’s College London study in August 2017 found that, “children who skip breakfast regularly may not be consuming the daily amounts of key nutrients for growth and development that are recommended by the UK government.”  (Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.)

Chishti in "The Traditional Healers Handbook" said, "Breakfast can be a substantial meal of whole grain cereals and breads, fruits, eggs, cheese and tea. The best time for breakfast is shortly after rising from sleep but after performing ablution and any prayer or meditation practices.”

 

Camel's milk

Camel's milk

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, "…the milk of the camel contains power to cleanse and soften, it is diuretic and emollient and opens obstructions …” and he said, quoting Al-Razi, “…milk of camels cures pains of the liver and corruption of the temperament.”

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said that, "Said al-Shafi'i: There are three things which are a medicine of medicines: grapes, the milk of the she-camel three months delivered, and sugar-cane.”

As-Suyuti also said, “The milk of a camel is more glistening and less fatty and more inclined to cause loose stools. It does not curdle in the stomach. It is very good for sufferers from gastritis due to weakness of the liver.”

Fresh camel’s milk is available on line from Desert Farms.

Almonds and cholesterol

Almonds and cholesterol

An August 2017 study by Penn State University found that, “Eating almonds on a regular basis may help boost levels of HDL cholesterol while simultaneously improving the way it removes cholesterol from the body.”

"There's a lot of research out there that shows a diet that includes almonds lowers low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for heart disease … But not as much was known about how almonds affect HDL cholesterol, which is considered good cholesterol and helps lower your risk of heart disease."

The researchers concluded, "If people incorporate almonds into their diet, they should expect multiple benefits, including ones that can improve heart health …They're not a cure-all, but when eaten in moderation -- and especially when eaten instead of a food of lower nutritional value -- they're a great addition to an already healthy diet."

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

 

Of the four temperaments -  Blood

Of the four temperaments - Blood

Blood - Sanguine, (ad-Dam in Arabic)

One of the four temperaments, someone whose primary temperament is sanguinous (hot and moist) is enthusiastic, active and social.

One of the two extrovert personalities, “the talker”. 

It combines with a secondary temperament to produce variations on the theme. The secondary temperament of phlegmatic tempers the sanguine nature to produce happy, carefree people who like to help others.  Visitors rather than workers.

The Ibn Sina Institute has an excellent resources page giving information about which foods are best for those who are sanguinous.  Cherries, for example.

Butter

Butter

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said:

·        Butter is hot & wet in the first degree

·        The best butter is fresh butter

·        It is beneficial for constipation and a dry cough

·        It weakens the desire for food.

·        Abu Nu‘aim relates that the Prophet (pbuh) once said to ‘Ayesha: I love you more than I do butter with honey.

·        The Prophet (pbuh) used to like the species of date called ‘Ajwat. Says the writer of this book: Verily the ‘Ajwat is an excellent and sufficient food; and if to it is added some butter, then its sufficiency is completed.

 

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, "The fact that the Prophet, peace be upon him, combined butter and dates showed wisdom, for this means the rectification of one by the other.”

 

Rhubarb – Rawand – Da Huang

Rhubarb – Rawand – Da Huang

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" tells us that Rawand is and hot and dry and dissolves blockages in the liver and for relieving chronic fevers.

Traditional Chinese Medicine calls it Da Huang and, again, it’s used for dissolving blockages.

Capsicum Pepper

Capsicum Pepper

An August 2017 study found that capsicum pepper can have an effect in increasing metabolism and may help to manage health weight.

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

 

The long term effect of exercise in early life

The long term effect of exercise in early life

A July 2017 study at the University of Auckland found that “bone retains a "memory" of exercise’s effects long after the exercise is ceased, and this bone memory continues to change the way the body metabolises a high-fat diet … This is the first demonstration of a long-lasting effect of exercise past puberty.”

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

Liquorice

Liquorice

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" in the Chapter entitled “Observations on Compound Preparations said, "So now we will examine sweet ebullients [agents that causes heat and movement]. These are the ebullients made from jujubes, sebestens, fennel, and extract of liquorice [Arabic ‘araq as-Sus].”

According to a 2012 report, “the root has been treasured in traditional healing since ancient times. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now discovered that liquorice root also contains substances with an anti-diabetic effect. These amorfrutins not only reduce blood sugar, they are also anti-inflammatory and are very well tolerated. Thus, they may be suitable for use in the treatment of complex metabolic disorders.” [EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.]

Liquorice (“Gan Cao”) according to Sacred Lotus in Chinese Traditional Medicine is considered as a spleen tonic, moistens the lungs, dispels phlegm and stops coughs, it releases cramps and alleviates pain and clears heat.

The College of Chinese Medicine says that liquorice strengthens the spleen, is anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, detoxicant, anti-tussive and expectorant, antacid and moderates the action of other herbs.

Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber" says, "Liquorice [glycyrrhiza glabra/ inflata/ uralensis] is a demulcent.  A normaliser of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical system”

David Hoffman in "The New Holistic Herbal" has it as an emollient and a demulcent (for the lung), for coughs (in a 3-part mixture), bronchitis and catarrh, as an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, adrenal agent, anti-spasmodic and mild-laxative.

 

 

Green tea: memory, insulin resistance and obesity

Green tea: memory, insulin resistance and obesity

A July 2017 study (involving mice) by Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China suggests that, “The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combating obesity, insulin resistance, and memory impairment."

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

Brain power: Spinach, Kale, Avocados and Eggs

Brain power: Spinach, Kale, Avocados and Eggs

A study published in July 2017 by Illinois University finds that, “middle-aged participants with higher levels of lutein - a nutrient found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as avocados and eggs -- had neural responses that were more on par with younger individuals than with their peers.”

Professor Naiman Khan said. "We know these foods are related to other health benefits, but these data indicate that there may be cognitive benefits as well."

 

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

Walnuts and gut health

Walnuts and gut health

We’ve written about walnuts before.

A new July 2017 study (on animals) by Louisiana State University suggests that, “walnut consumption may be beneficial for digestive health by increasing the amount of good probiotic-type bacteria in the gut. Walnuts do this by acting as a prebiotic to help nourish and grow the bacteria that keeps the digestive system healthy.”

 

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

Sunnah Dates in August 2017

Sunnah Dates in August 2017

INTRODUCTION

The well-known hadith suggests 17, 19 and 21 of the lunar month.   Islamic scholars have advised that cupping is not restricted to those dates. 

We offer hijama cupping every day of the month (except Wednesdays before sunset). 

Each month we publish the Sunnah Dates as published by the Saudi Press Agency, by the Moroccan Ministry of Awqaf and by the ICOUK.

There are differences of opinion about sighting of the new moon. We do not decide who is right nor impose one opinion over others. We simply offer a service to all members of the community whatever view they take about the matter.  And Allah knows best.

 

SUNNAH DATES IN AUGUST 2017

UK / North Africa

Thursday 10 August 2017

Saturday 12 August 2017

Monday 14 August 2017

 

UK / Middle East

Friday 11 August 2017

Sunday 13 August 2017

 

 

WHY DO YOU OPEN ON WEDNESDAYS?

We advise not to do hijama cupping between Maghrib (sunset) on Tuesdays and Maghrib (sunset) on Wednesdays. 

We are open on Wednesdays during the day to receive calls, to arrange appointments and give telephone advice.

We see people for appointments on Wednesdays after Maghrib (sunset) because it is Thursday in Islamic terms.

 

IS SUNNAH CUPPING RESTRICTED TO JUST "THE SUNNAH DAYS"?

The short answer is: no.  Because to do so is to restrict the Sunnah of hijama cupping as explained by Ibn Qayyim who advised cupping at any time of the month in respect of certain issues.

 

 

Sugar in drinks, protein and energy

Sugar in drinks, protein and energy

According to a July 2017 study by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, “Having a sugar-sweetened drink with a high-protein meal may negatively affect energy balance, alter food preferences and cause the body to store more fat.” 

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

Women’s bone health: a daily minute of running

Women’s bone health: a daily minute of running

A July 2017 study by the University of Exeter found that, “A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows.” The researchers found that, “those who did "brief bursts" of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity equivalent to a medium-paced run for pre-menopausal women, or a slow jog for post-menopausal women, had better bone health.”

 

 

 

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

A link between artificial sweeteners, weight gain and heart disease

A link between artificial sweeteners, weight gain and heart disease

A study published in July 2017 by the University of Manitoba found that, “Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia, is widespread and increasing. Emerging data indicate that artificial, or non-nutritive, sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting.”

“The longer observational studies showed a link between consumption of artificial sweeteners and relatively higher risks of weight gain and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.”

We suggest honey or dates rather than sugar or sweetener.

 

 

 

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

 

 

Menopausal symptoms: fermented red clover extract 

Menopausal symptoms: fermented red clover extract 

A July 2017 study by Aarhus University Hospital found that, “The vast majority of women in the menopause are familiar with the status of Red Clover as an herbal medicine that soothes hot flush symptoms and hormonal fluctuations. This holds true, new research shows, if the red clover is taken in a fermented form. Fermented Red Clover extract is demonstrated to decrease significantly both the number and severity of daily hot flushes.

“The study also found that the extract prevents the normally accelerated menopausal bone loss affecting one in three women over the age of 50 (e.g. results showed treatment blunted bone loss in the spine completely).”

 

Long working hours impacts on the heart

Long working hours impacts on the heart

Research published by University College London in July 2017 found that, “People who work long hours have an increased risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation … The study showed that, compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours, those who worked 55 hours or more were approximately 40% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation during the following ten years.”

 

Healthy eating patterns the best strategy

Healthy eating patterns the best strategy

A July 2017 study by the Harvard Chan School of Public Health found that,

“Improving the quality of one's diet over time, even with modest changes, is associated with lower total and cardiovascular mortality. “

And that it is better to,

“Focus on overall healthy eating patterns, rather than on individual nutrients.”

 

Drinking coffee for health benefits

Drinking coffee for health benefits

Researchers at Imperial College London in a July 2017 study found that “People who drink around three cups of coffee a day may live longer than non-coffee drinkers.”

Dr Gunter added: "Due to the limitations of observational research, we are not at the stage of recommending people to drink more or less coffee. That said, our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking - up to around three cups per day - is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits."