Sunnah Days in May 2019

Sunnah Days in May 2019


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 MAY 2019, in shaa Allah

North Africa - Europe - UK

Thursday 23 May 2019

Saturday 25 May 2019

Monday 27 May 2019

Saudi Arabia - Europe - UK

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Friday 24 May 2019

Sunday 26 May 2019

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Although the causes of plantar fasciitis are not completely understood, the issue may be a muscle knot, or “myofascial pain” and is likely to be referred pain. This can be treated by acupuncture, gua sha or acupressure of its *trigger point* (often located away from the point of pain). In this case, the trigger point may be located at a precise point on the back of the calf muscle.  In acupuncture, this point will be at or close to a point known as “Bladder 57” on the bladder meridian (in this case, nothing to do with the bladder … or perhaps it is) 

Bladder 57 is also the feature point (the specialist point) for haemorrhoids and constipation. We have at least one case where a lady had all three (seemingly unrelated) conditions.

Perhaps there has been an injury to the back of your calf muscle (you might have knocked it on something, when getting in or out of the car or because of an insect bite).  

It’s worth noting that ice therapy is contra-indicated after the first day of the pain because it blocks the blood flow and the healing processes that normally kick-in.

Is the plantar pain accompanied by calf pain, occipital headaches or upper back pain? The bladder meridian also runs through the lung 1.5 Chinese inches (Bladder 13) and at 3 Chinese inches (Bladder 43) on the back, measuring right and left from spinal point T3. It may be worth palpating those points to see if there is any tenderness, along with Bladder 10 (on the neck). 


Shi Hu - Dendrobium

Shi Hu - Dendrobium

Shi Hu (Dendrobium) is a Yin nourishing herb. It is slightly cold and either sweet, or has not taste or is slightly salty. It is Lung, Stomach and Kidney herb.

It is useful for replenishing the essence of the Lung and Stomach, it clears heat. It is useful for rehydration of the respiratory and digestive systems and good for thirst and dry coughs.

Again, it forms part of various formulas we prescribe in the Clinic based on a TCM Holistic Diagnosis consultation.

Du Zhong - Eucommia

Du Zhong - Eucommia

Du Zhong (Eucommia) is a nourishing Yang herb. It is warm, sweet and is a Kidney and Liver herb.  It replenishes their vital functions, strengthens the sinews and bones and lowers blood pressure.  It is useful for lower back pain and knee ache, impotence, frequent urination and warms the lower body.  It forms part of various formulas we prescribe in the Clinic based on a TCM Holistic Diagnosis consultation.


Chain of transmission

Chain of transmission

Yusef was taught acupuncture and herbal medicine in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system by Paul Brecher BA FAcS TCM, Principal of The College of Chinese Medicine in London.  Paul Brecher was taught by Paul Robin FAcS MPCHM MCAA, Head of the College of Chinese Medicine and TCM faculty Chairman of the Acupuncture Society. Paul Robin was trained by Dr Bernard Kai Lam Lee. Dr Lee was trained by his grandfather, Fook Sang.

Sunnah Dates in March 2019

Sunnah Dates in March 2019

North Africa - Europe - UK - Saudi Arabia

Sunday 24 March 2019

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Thursday 28 March 2019


Belching, Yawning and Gasping

Belching, Yawning and Gasping

According to Tibb, Chishti in "The Traditional Healers Handbook" says, “These are caused by excess gas. Use a purgative and correct digestion. Relief of gas can be had from ground anise in rose water or honey.”

Suyuti says of endive (Arabic: Hindiba) “The endive changes its temperament according to the season. In summer it is hot, in winter cold. Its powers fall to naught at the end of each season. It prevents both hot and cold diseases of the liver. It causes to disappear the flatulence produced by vinegar and by sugar. It is used in decoctions and in the syrup of dodder. A traditional saying is as follows: Eat endives and do not belch, for verily there is not one single day that drops of the water of Paradise do not fall upon them. So says Abu Nu’im.”


Abdominal Acupuncture:  The Replenishing Formula

Abdominal Acupuncture: The Replenishing Formula

The Replenishing Formula in the Abdominal Acupuncture micro-system is used to replenish energy, essence and blood.  The intention is to support the body’s innate immune system to regenerate muscles, tendons and bones.

The heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen are all targeted.  It is especially useful for those with deficiency conditions.



Also known as flax. In Arabic it is badhir alkitaan.  In Latin it is Linum usitatissimum. TCM has it as Ya Ma Zi.

Suyuti quotes Avicenna as “Verily salt should be used as a paste together with linseed for the poison of scorpions, for it is an antidote for both hot and cold poisons. It attracts the poison and then dissolves it.”

A “demulcent, emollient, and expectorant… widely used as a stomachic cleanser and to soothe inflammations of the intestinal tract and throat and urinary passages.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

It is a “demulcent” and can be used as a poultice to deal with inflammation and pain. (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

A “demulcent [relieves inflammation or irritation], anti-tussive [prevents and relieves coughs], laxative, emollient [soothes the skin]” used for bronchitis, pleurisy and as a poultice for, amongst other things, psoriasis.  A purgative for constipation.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

It is not listed by Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”



Sauna and Hot Tub for Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity

Sauna and Hot Tub for Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity

A 2015 study by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre and the Regional University of Northwestern Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil concluded that, “Heat therapy is a promising and inexpensive tool for the treatment of obesity and diabetes. … We suggest that heat therapy (sauna: 80–1008C; hot tub: at 408C) for 15 min, three times a week, for 3 months, is a safe method to test its efficiency.”

Heat Shock Protein 70 (HSP70) appears to play a part in improving “…insulin signaling, body composition, endothelial dysfunction, and the low-grade inflammation found in people with diabetes.”



Write it when you bite it

Write it when you bite it

A new report published in February 2019 by the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina says, “If you want to lose weight the single best predictor of success is monitoring and recording your calorie and fat intake throughout the day -- to "write it when you bite it."

Despite seen as “unpleasant and time-consuming”, the most successful participants “…spent an average of just 14.6 minutes per day on the activity.”

The report found that, “What was most predictive of weight-loss success was not the time spent monitoring – those who took more time and included more detail did not have better outcomes – but the frequency of log-ins.”

One of the researchers said, “Those who self-monitored three or more time per day, and were consistent day after day, were the most successful,” and, “It seems to be the act of self-monitoring itself that makes the difference – not the time spent or the details included.”




Latin: Astrantia

TCM:  Da Xing Qin


The essential oil is a stomachic, for digestion and appetite stimulation.


Cardamom Seed

Cardamom Seed

One of the Latin names (there are variants of cardamom) is amomum cardamomum. In Arabic, it is habbu al-hal, in Urdu it is elaichi.

“The main medicinal use is for indigestion.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

In TCM it is Sha Ren (Fructus Amomi). Black Cardamom is Yi Zhi Ren (Fructus Oxyphyllae). “[Sha Ren is] acrid, warm, aromatic … [inter alia] strengthens the stomach …” (Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”)

Cardamom [Elattaria cardamomum] is an “aromatic and carminative, stimulating digestive tonic.” according to Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber".

David Hoffman has it as a “carminative, sialagogue [promotes saliva], orexigenic [appetite stimulant], aromatic … used to treat flatulent dyspepsia … griping pains … stimulate the appetite.” (“The New Holistic Herbal”).



Fasting boosts metabolism

Fasting boosts metabolism

A January 2019 study at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Kyoto University suggests that, “going without food may … boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.”

One of the authors of the study, Dr Takayuki Teruya said, “Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively.”  

A study by the G0 Cell Unit and Kyoto University researchers suggests that fasting, which puts the body in “starvation mode,” leads to fuel substitution, antioxidation, increased mitochondrial activation and altered signal transduction. 

The study suggests that, “…during fasting, the tiny powerhouses running every cell are thrown into overdrive.”



Known by a multitude of names across the world: shilajeet,   shilajit, salajeet, mumijo, mumiyo, mumiya, mum, mumio, momia, moomiyo, mountain tar, rock-tar,  mineral pitch, mineral wax, black asphaltum, asphaltum punjabianum, shargai, dorobi, barahshin, baragshun mummenayyee, tasmayi, chao-tong, wu ling zhi*, badha-naghay, baad-a-ghee, arkhar-tash, mumiyo.

It is a blackish brown organic mass from the Himalayas used in indigenous India medicine in the ayurveda and unani tibb medical systems.

Al-Himaidi and Umar in, “Safe Use of Salajeet During the Pregnancy of Female Mice.” in the Journal of Biological Sciences (2003) “It has been used for ages in traditional medicines in the treatment of bronchial asthma, diabetes, genito-urinary infection, wound healing and nerve disorder (citing Chopra, et al 1976)”


*Listed, based on a Wikipedia entry. However, in Chinese Medicine the name Wu Ling Zhi is flying squirrel excrement – not halal – and Bensky and Gamble cite a different latin name, exrementum trogopteri seu pteroma, so it is probably not shilajeet.


Valentin [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons



30-Day Anti-Inflammation Detox

30-Day Anti-Inflammation Detox

Eat More

  • Healthy Fat (animal fats, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil).

  • Non-Citrus Fruit (apples, avocado, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon)

  • Protein (chicken, fish, meat, preferably organic and grass-fed)

  • Vegetables (asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes, kale, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes)

Eat Less

  • Citrus Fruit (clementine, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, tangerines)

  • Corn

  • Dairy (butter, cheese, milk, yoghurt)

  • Eggs

  • Gluten (barley, grains, rye, spelt, wheat)

  • Gluten-Free Grains (millet, quinoa, rice)

  • Legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, peas, soy, soybeans)

  • Nightshades (aubergine, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes)

  • Yeast


  • Additives, Sweeteners and Preservatives

  • Caffeine

  • Genetically Modified Foods

  • Processed food (fast food, junk food)

  • Sugar

  • Trans-Fats and Oils (blended vegetable oil, biscuits, cakes, crackers, crisps, deep-fried food, frozen foods, margarine, pastries)

Please note the contents of our Disclaimers page.


Worrying  -  Using Diagnosis to understand Emotions

Worrying - Using Diagnosis to understand Emotions

Emotions may form a valuable part of diagnosis. So, for example, being overly worried can be an indication of excess in the spleen and stomach. TCM Practitioners use a range of diagnostic skills, including listening to the stomach and spleen pulse at stage 2 on the right hand, and asking a range of structured questions.

Emotions and physical symptoms can feed off each other, of course, and catching things early to break a cycle can be very important. Some things change over time and as they do, your discovering of new ways to approach optimal health means you gain valuable new resources.

Vitamin D with Magnesium Deficiency

Vitamin D with Magnesium Deficiency

A recent trial at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has shown that magnesium optimizes vitamin D status and that magnesium had a regulating effect in people with high vitamin D levels.

"Magnesium deficiency shuts down the vitamin D synthesis and metabolism pathway," Dai, one of the researchers, said.

Eureka states, “Foods with high levels of magnesium include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, fatty fish such as salmon, nuts and avocados.”

Diabetes – Dried Fruits

Diabetes – Dried Fruits

A study by St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto found that, “Foods high on the GI index -- such as white bread, most breakfast cereals, potatoes and rice -- produce a spike in blood glucose and insulin, while the carbohydrates in low GI foods -- including pasta, beans, lentils and certain whole grains such as barley and oats - are broken down more slowly, and cause more moderate increases in blood glucose and insulin.

Eureka says, “This study compared the glycemic response of four dried fruits -- dates, apricots, raisins and sultanas -- versus white bread in 10 healthy participants and found the fruit had a lower GI and could lower the glycemic response of white bread through displacement of half of the available carbohydrate.

"People often worry about sources of sugar and fruits being one of them, but most fruit -- in particular tender fruit -- have a low glycemic index and what we're showing here is dried fruit also have a lower glycemic index, so they don't raise your blood sugar very much," said Dr. Sievenpiper.

"This study finds people can use dried fruits as a low glycemic index food source to replace higher glycemic index foods, so as a snack food, for example. Dried fruit is going to be preferred to a grain-based cracker or snack."