Vitamin K and the heart

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Vitamin K and the heart

An October 2017 study found that, “those who consumed the least vitamin K1- found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil - were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart”Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

For the Tibb (Islamic Medicine) food qualities of the foods mentioned see:food qualities

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Black Tea and Green Tea, Weight Loss

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Black Tea and Green Tea, Weight Loss

An October 2017 study by UCLA concluded that, “black and green tea changed the ratio of intestinal bacteria in the animals: The percentage of bacteria associated with obesity decreased, while bacteria associated with lean body mass increased.”

Dr. Zhaoping Li, chief of the UCLA Division of Clinical Nutrition said that, “the findings suggest that the health benefits of both green tea and black tea go beyond their antioxidant benefits, and that both teas have a strong impact on the gut microbiome.”  Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.

 

For the Tibb (Islamic Medicine) food qualities of black and green tea see: food qualities

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Exercise: stop when sweating begins

Exercise: stop when sweating begins

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, " Know then that moderate exercise is a most potent means of preserving health. It warms the organs and dissolves waste products and renders the body light and active. The time for this is after the descent of the food from the stomach. It accomplishes this in five or six hours, more or less according to the constitution of the individual and of the food. By moderate exercise is meant exercise which makes the skin red and glow. When sweating begins, then it is proper to cease. That which increases the sweat is called heavy exercise.

A few bites

A few bites

Imam Ahmad narrated that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "The son of Adam never fills a vessel worse than his stomach. The son of Adam only needs a few bites that would sustain him, but if he insists, one third should be reserved for his food, another third for his drink and the last third for his breathing."

Fumitory

Fumitory

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, " Shatarah — Fumitory [has the quality of] heat and dryness. Its special property is to cleanse the blood and set flowing inflamed humours. And in a similar manner it is beneficial for scabs and itch. Said Rhazes: Fumitory is a solvent which makes to flow the inflamed humours and is also good for scabs and pruritus. The dose for each of these is from four to seven drachms. I maintain that this is the best rectifier of all purges, but it is essential to add olive oil and sugar. “

Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber" classifies fumitory as a choleretic (something that increases bile secretion from the liver and increases solids secreted) and says it’s for external use for conjunctivitis.

David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal” says it’s a diuretic, laxative and alterative and, “has a long history of use in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema and acne. Its action is probably due to a general cleansing mediated via the kidneys and liver.

Michael Howard in Traditional Folk Remedies warns that fumitory is “poisonous” and should only be used "under the direction of a medical herbalist."

Traditional Chinese Medicine calls it Yao Yong Qiu Guo Guo Zi Jin and uses it for skin diseases.

 

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Myrtle - Rayhan

Myrtle - Rayhan

Myrtle - Rayhan - as been prescribed for fever and pain by ancient physicians for millenia.

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" 

Some of the many things Ibn Qayyim said about myrtle was

  • Myrtle is cold in the first degree and dry in the second degree. Yet, it is a compound of several qualities, most of which consist of earthly cold essence.
  • It consists of a soft, hot substance.
  • Myrtle dries the head nicely and is effective as a constipating agent. Myrtle prevents bile diarrhoea and dissipates hot and wet vapour when one smells its scent.

 

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" 

Some of the many things As-Suyuti said about myrtle was

  • Myrtle is cold and dry in the second degree.
  • It cuts short diarrhoea.
  • The smelling of it soothes a hot headache as does the powder when used as a plaster upon ulcers and spots.
  • Said the Prophet, peace be upon him,: If anyone offers you myrtle as a present, do not refuse it. It is from Heaven. But it should not be used as a tooth-pick.
  • Said Ibn "Abbas: When the Prophet Noah descended from the Ark, the first thing that he planted was myrtle.
  • And again from the same author: Adam departed from Paradise with three things — myrtle which is the queen of all sweet smelling bushes in the world, compressed dates which are mistress of all the dates of the world, and a stalk of corn which is mistress of the food of the world. This tradition is related by Abu Nu'aim.

Chishti in "The Traditional Healers Handbook" 

Chishti advises using myrtle for chronic bronchitis, gonorrhoea, uterine inflammation and discharge, rheumatism, as an incense to purify the air, when cooked used as a hair dye.

In the UK, myrtle is available from, amongst others, Baldwins.  Note precautions.

Ginger

Ginger

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, " Zanjabil — Ginger is mentioned in the Quran.  Ginger is hot and dry in the third degree and dry in the second. It contains excess of damp. It is an aid to digestion, strengthens sexual intercourse, and dissolves wind. … A confection of ginger soothes the stomach. It is a help in old age.”

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, "In sum, it is good for the liver and stomach, when these are cold in temperament.”

Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber" cites it for external use for rheumatic conditions, arthritic pain and sprains and says it’s safe to use in pregnancy.

David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal” says it can be used for bad circulation, chilblains, cramp, fever, flatulence, dyspepsia, colic, sore throats, fibrositis and muscle sprain.

In Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) ginger is called Xi Xin and is considered spicy and warm. It is used in TCM to prevent pain arising from cold wind that causes body aches, headache, and toothache. It also warms the Lungs and is used for nasal congestion and phlegm.

Ginger biscuits are a personal favourite.

Hummus - Chickpeas

Hummus - Chickpeas

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, "Hammas — [the] Chick-pea is hot and wet. The action of the black pea is stronger than that of the red and the action of the red than that of the white. The pea produces wind. It also stimulates sexual desires and increases the semen and milk. It beautifies the complexion and does to the body what leaven does to dough. Doctors have said: Sexual intercourse has need of three things. All these are present in the pea.”

 

Dates

Dates

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said that there is difference of opinion whether dates are hot and moist or hot and dry.

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, "Dates are hot and dry. They increase sexual power, especially if combined with kernels of pine seeds. But if a man eats them while suffering from ophthalmia, he will suffer from headache and other harm. The Prophet forbade ‘Ali to eat dates when he was suffering from ophthalmia”.

As-Suyuti also said

  • “Fresh Dates are hot and moist. They generate wind. They rectify a hot constitution when combined with an oxymel or with bitter pomegranates.
  • Al-Bukhari has classified Ajwa dates as a wonder drug.
  • There is universal agreement that the use of medicine is lawful. Some are of the opinion that it is desirable to make use of drugs because of the well-known saying of the Prophet: Use medicine. And also because he himself used to take medicine both in health and in sickness. When in good health he used to use dates, pumpkins and water melons.
  • Said Ja‘far bin Mohamed, having heard the story from his father: Someone presented the Prophet with a packet of dates at a time when someone had had fever. The Prophet gave him one date, then another and another until he had allowed him to eat seven. Then he said: That is enough for you. This he did because there is in dates a something which harms people with fever and brings upon them headaches and thirst. But if they take only a few, this harm does not come upon them.
  • If one of your women has given birth to a child, see that the first thing that she eats be fresh and moist dates, for verily there is no food better. For Mary ate these when she brought forth Jesus.
  • The Prophet said: Let your women-folk eat dates, for whoever makes dates their food will produce sons with ease.”

Mint

Mint

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, " Mint is hot and dry. It is the subtlest of all pot herbs. It strengthens the stomach, soothes hiccup, aids sexual intercourse, and if placed in milk prevents it turning into cheese … An infusion of unripe grapes with mint is used to check nausea.”

In Chinese Traditional Medicine, mint is called Bo He and is used, amongst other things, for a runny nose.  headache, cough, sore throat, and red eyes.

Sunnah Dates in October 2017

Sunnah Dates in October 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 OCTOBER 2017 

UK / North Africa

Sunday 8 October 2017

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Thursday 12 October 2017

UK / Middle East

Saturday 7 October 2017

Monday 9 October 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.

The Coffee Bean

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The Coffee Bean

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, “Bun — Coffee Beans are cold and wet. Coffee is good for dysentery and enteritis. They relieve thirst and soften the constitution. It is said that coffee beans produce wisdom and should be used with care.”

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Vermicelli

Vermicelli

Vermicelli

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, " Atriyya — Vermicelli is hot with excessive damp. It benefits diarrhoea and sore throats. It is slow to be digested and when digested gives very considerable nourishment.

 

 

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Salt

Salt

In terms of food qualities in Tibb Medicine, salt is classified as hot and moist.

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, "Ibn Maja relates that … Your chief seasoning is salt … salt preserves man’s food, guards his body and improves everything it is mixed with, even gold and silver, for it contains a power which increases the yellowness of gold and the whiteness of silver. It contains powers to cleanse and dissolve, and expel the thick moistures and dry them up, to strengthen bodies and prevent their putrefaction and corruption; it is beneficial for ulcerated scab.”

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, "Salt food dries up and emaciates the body … whoever of you being of moderate stature eats salt, he will be afflicted with vitiligo and scabies. And for this blame no one but yourself.”

As-Suyuti refers to “massalah milah” (rectified salt) and said, “rectified salt is hot and dry in the third degree. Moderate use of it beautifies the colour of the skin. It sets up a flow, excites to vomiting, and stimulates the appetite. Immoderate use of it generates itch.”

As-Suyuti also said:

  • There is a tradition that the Prophet said: The Lord of your dish is salt. This saying is reported by Ibn Maja.
  • In the Ma'alim-ul-Tazayyal occurs the following tradition, quoting Umar: Verily God sent down four blessings from Heaven -iron, fire, water and salt.
  • From the man who first eats salt Almighty God wards off three hundred and thirty kinds of disaster, the smallest of these being leprosy.
  • Begin with salt, for verily it is remedy for seventy diseases.

 

Chishti in "The Traditional Healers Handbook" recommends, “sun-dried, unprocessed sea salt.” And warns against most processed salt because it has an abrasive action internally.

In a western medicine study in August 2017, high salt intake has been associated with a doubled risk of heart failure. (EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.)

 

 

Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil for Heart Health

Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil for Heart Health

 

An August 2017 study at the University of Pisa found that, “Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile.”

Dr Di Stefano, the lead researcher said, "Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols, which are found in cocoa, olive oil, and apples …Olive oil-enriched chocolate was associated with significantly increased high-density lipoprotein ("good") cholesterol and decreased blood pressure compared to baseline.”

(EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society.)

 

In terms of food qualities, Tibb medicine considers chocolate to be warm and moist. Olive oil from fully mature olives is hot and moist and olive oil from fresh olives is cold and dry.

Bananas

Bananas

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said, " Mawz — Bananas are hot and damp in the first degree. Their value as a food is small. People with a cold temperament eat them with honey. Some people say that the word ‘talah’ also means ‘banana’, but more correctly it means the fruit of the palm tree.”

In another entry, as-Suyuti says, “Talh — Banana. This fruit is also called Mawz under which name it will be discussed.  Almighty God has made mention of it.”

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" Allah said: “And (among) talh trees (with fruits) ranged one above another.” (56:29). Most of the commentators say: It is the mawz (banana): and ‘ranged’ (manduud) means ranged one opposite another, like a comb. It is said that talh is a tree with thorns, and ranged in the place of every thorn is fruit. Its fruit has been ranged, some upon others, and it is like the banana. This explanation is more correct. Maybe those ancestors who mentioned the banana meant it by way of comparision, not as identification. And Allah knows best.   It is hot and moist. It is best when ripe and sweet. It is beneficial for roughness of the throat and lung, and for cough, and ulcers of kidneys and bladder. It is a diuretic, aphrodisiac and increases semen. It loosens the belly. If eaten before food it hurts the stomach and increases yellow bile [as-safra] and phlegm [al-balgham]. It’s harmful effect is remedied by sugar or honey.”

In Chinese Traditional Medicine, it is called Xiang Jiao and is used to clear heat, moisten the intestines, remove toxicity.

Bananas mashed into a bowl and mixed with honey is very palatable.

Rabbit Meat

Rabbit Meat

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said

  • Rabbit meat was mentioned in the Sahihayn, as Anas said, "We hunted a rabbit after pursuing it for a while. Afterwards, Abu Talhah sent its hip to the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, who accepted it.
  • Rabbit meat is mildly hot and dry, and the best part of it is the hip.
  • The best way to eat rabbit meat is by roasting it.
  • Rabbit meat constipates, produces urine, as a diuretic, and dissolves stones.

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said

  • The flesh of the rabbit generates spleen.
  • The best meat is that of the back and hind leg.

Camel Meat

Camel Meat

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said

  • Young camel meat is one of the tastiest and most nutritious types of foods, and those who are used to eating it find it as light and beneficial as sheep meat.
  • Some doctors did not like eating camel meat for residents of the cities because they are not used to it.
  • Camel meat is hot and dry, difficult to digest and begets black bile.
  • Camel meat has an especially strong effect on the body and this is why the Prophet, peace be upon him, ordered the Muslims to perform ablution after eating it.

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said

 

  • Camel meat is hot and dry and generates spleen.
  • That of the young camel is the best.
  • Camel meat is fatty, greasy and stinking.

 

 

Goat Meat

Goat Meat

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said

  • Mujahid relates the tradition that the best part of a she-goat in the eyes of the Prophet was the forequarter.
  • The meat of the neck is delicious and quick to be digested.
  • Said the Prophet: Be kind to goats and keep away from them, for indeed the goat is one of the animals of Paradise.