Mugwort

Mugwort

Latin: Artemisia vulgaris

TCM:  Ai Ye (Artemisia argyi)

It is used “for the treatment of colds, colic, bronchitis, rheumatism and fever. It is a safe remedy for suppressed menstruation and effective for female complaints when combined with marigold.  … important in the treatment of kidney and bladder inflammations and related ailments such as gout, sciatica and water retention.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

It is a for the “autonomic nervous system tropho-restorative”. (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

It is a “bitter tonic, stimulant, nervine tonic, emmenagogue … Mugwort can be used wherever a digestive stimulant is called for.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Ai Ye (Artemisia argyi) is “bitter, acrid warm … warms the womb and stops bleeding … disperses cold and alleviates pain …” Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”

 

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M J Richardson / Crosswort or Mugwort

 

Common Plantain

Common Plantain

Latin: Plantago lanceolate/major

 TCM:  Che Qian Zi (the seed), Semen Plantaginis

 It is not related to cooking plantain, a type of banana.

“The whole plant is considered medicinal and is solvent in water … an alterative, astringent, a diuretic and an anti-septic … cooling, soothing and healing … It is also sometimes used to treat diabetes, dysentery, earache, inflammation of the ear, emissions, enuresis, erythema, impotence, neuralgia, polyuria, pains of the spleen, tobacco habit, toothache, delayed urination and worms.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

It is an “astringent, anti-infective.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

An “expectorant, demulcent, astringent, diuretic … [it] has valuable healing properties … ideal for coughs … mild bronchitis … diarrhoea … haemorrhoids …  cystitis.”

” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

It is “…sweet, cold … promotes urination and clears heat … clears the eyes … expels the phlegm …” Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”

 

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By Jason Hollinger (PlantainUploaded by Amada44) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Purslane

Purslane

Latin: Portulaca oleracea

 TCM:  Ma Chi Xian

 It is “sour, cold … relieves fire toxicity and cools the blood … clears heat-damp and treats sores …” Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”

Fumitory

Fumitory

Latin: Fumaria officinalis

 It is a “choleretic” for conjunctivitis. “ (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

A “diuretic, laxative, alterative … [it 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.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

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Sunnah Dates in October 2018

Sunnah Dates in October 2018

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 2018, in shaa Allah

Morocco - Europe - UK

Saturday 27 October 2018

Monday 29 October 2018

Saudi - UK

Friday 26 October 2018

Sunday 28 October 2018

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Please remember that a new Islamic day starts at sunset - Maghrib. 

 

WHY DO YOU OPEN ON WEDNESDAYS?

We advise people 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.

Rosehip

Rosehip

Latin: Rosa Canina

TCM:  Jin Ying Zi (Cherokee rosehip – Fructus Rosae Laevigatae)

 “Nutrient, mild laxative, mild diuretic, mild astringent …[it] provides one of the best natural and freely available sources of Vitamin C  … an excellent spring tonic and aid in general debility and exhaustion … help[s] in constipation and mild gall-bladder problems as well as the conditions of the kidney and bladder.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Jin Ying Zi (Cherokee rosehip) is “sour, astringent, neutral … stabilizes the kidneys, for … urinary incontinence … binds up the intestines and stops diarrhea …” Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica"

Sandalwood

Sandalwood

Latin:  Santalum album

 TCM:  Tan Xiang

 “… used internally in bronchitis, gonorrhoea, and cystitis ... also employed as an expectorant, a perfume, and for coloring and dyeing.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

It is an “anti-microbial” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

It is “acrid, warm, aromatic … promotes the movement of qi and alleviates pain…” Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”

 

 

 

 

 

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By Nistha.aslp [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Squaw Vine

Squaw Vine

Latin: Mitchelle repens

It is a “utero-tonic, prostrate tonic.“ (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

A “parturient, emmenagogue, diuretic, astringent, tonic … It is among the best remedies for preparing the uterus and whole body for child birth … [also] painful periods … As an astringent it has been used in the treatment of colitis …” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

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By Photo by David J. Stang [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sumach

Sumach

Sumach

 Latin: Rhus aromatica/glabra

 TCM:  Wu Bei Zi is Rhus Chinensis

 

“Sumac (Rhus glabra) … is important as a healing agent due to its ability to cause local inflammation by contact with it, thus drawing blood to the area.”

 (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

It is a “stimulating and tonic diuretic” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Sweet Sumach is a useful astringent that is especially indicated in the treatment of urinary incontinence … [it] has a reputation for being able to reduce blood sugar …[but this is] open to debate.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

“Wu Bei Zi (Rhus Chinensis) … gallnut of Chinese sumac … sour, salty, cold … contains … binds up … preserves … restrains … absorbs.” Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”

Lady's Slipper

Lady's Slipper

Latin: Cypripedium pubescens

 It is a “meningeal vaso-relaxant” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Lady’s Slipper is one of the most widely applicable nervines that we possess in the materia medica. It may be used in all stress reactions, emotional tension and anxiety states. It will help elevate the mood, especially where depression is present … It is perhaps at its best when treating anxiety that is associated with insomnia.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

 

Thuja – Arbor Vitae – Tree of Life

Thuja – Arbor Vitae – Tree of Life

Latin:  Thuja occidentalis

TCM:  Bai Zi Ren is Thuja orientalis

It is a “vaso-tonic alterative.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Thuja’s main action is due to its stimulating and alterative oil. In bronchial catarrh Thuja combines expectoration with a systemic stimulation beneficial if there is also heart weakness … avoid if there is dry irritable cough … [or] pregnancy”. (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Bai Zi Ren (Thuja orientalis) is “sweet, neutral … nourishes the heart and calms the spirit: for irritiablity, insomnia, forgetfulness, and palpitations with anxiety due to heart blood deficiency.”

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”

 

Myrrh

Myrrh

Latin: Commiphora molmol/myrrha

 TCM:  Mo Yao

“… has an agreeable aromatic odor and a bitter acrid taste … it is a stimulant to the circulation and to the uterine and bronchial mucous membranes …” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

An “autonomic tropho-restorative to the gastro-intestinal tract.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Myrrh is an effective anti-microbial … [it] stimulates the production of white blood corpuscles … and has a direct anti-microbial effect …” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

“Bitter, neutral … invigorates the blood …promotes healing” (Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica”)

Wild Indigo

Wild Indigo

Latin: Baptisia tinctoria

 

A “stimulating antiseptic vaso-tonic alterative” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“… is to be considered wherever there is focused infection. It is especially useful in the treatment of infections and catarrh in the ear, nose and throat. It may be used for laryngitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis … it will heal mouth ulcers, gingivitis and help the control of pyorrhoea. Systematically it may be helpful in the treatment of enlarged and inflamed lymph glands … and also to reduce fevers.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

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By Katja Schulz from Washington, D. C., USA (Dwarf Wild Indigo) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Schizandra Fruit

Schizandra Fruit

Latin:  Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis

 TCM:  Wu Wei Zi

An “adaptogen and nervine” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Deep immune activation … specific immune-modulators include: …Schisandra chinensis: tonic, for the central nervous system, uterine and respiratory stimulant, anti-hepatoxic…” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” say, “sour, warm … stops coughing … tonifies the kidneys … inhibits sweating … quiets the spirit and calms the heart…”

Ligusticum - Szechuan Lovage Root

Ligusticum - Szechuan Lovage Root

Latin: Radix Ligustic Chuanxiong

TCM:  Chuan Xiong

 

 “Deep immune activation … specific immune-modulators include: …Ligusticum wallichi: tonic, anti-microbial, hypotensive, mild nervine…” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” say, “…acrid, warm … invigorates the blood … expels wind and alleviates pain …”

cf: Ligusticum porter (Osha)… a “stimulating diaphoretic”(Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

 

 

Keeping the lungs strong

Keeping the lungs strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the lungs strong we eat rice, chicken eggs, duck and chestnuts. Then in autumn when it is dry our lungs can stay balanced.”

 

Astralagus

Astralagus

Latin: Astragalus propinquus, astralagus membranaceus

TCM: Huang Qi

Also known as milkvetch.

 “Immune enhancer, tonic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” say, “Sweet, slightly warm … Tonifies the spleen … [and] lung … [and] blood …”

David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal” notes its role in deep immune activation along with, amongst others, Ligusticum wallichii and Schizandra chinensis.

 

Marigold

Marigold

Latin: Calendula officinalis

Arabic: Aladhiriun naba'at

TCM: Jin Zhan Ju

 

For “bruises, sprains, muscle sprains, ulcers …” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

“Stimulating antiseptic to the skin and mucous membranes.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary, anti-fungal, cholagogue, emmenagogue. Marigold is one of the best herbs for treating local skin problems … ulcers …gall-bladder problems … indigestion … delayed menstruation and painful periods.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Arnica

Arnica

Latin: Arnica montana

TCM: Shan Jin Che

“A cardiac stimulant; in large doses, a depressant …[for] sprains, bruises, abrasions …” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

A “circulatory stimulant.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Anti-inflammatory, vulnerary. Do not use internally.   For the treatment of bruises and sprains.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot

Latin: Tussilago farfara

TCM: Kuan Dong Hua

 “Demulcent and tonic expectorant.”

(Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Expectorant, anti-tussive, demulcent, anti-catarrhal, diuretic. Coltsfoot may be used in chronic or acute bronchitis, irritating coughs, whooping coughs, asthma…” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” say, “acrid, warm… stops coughing.”