Masterwort

Masterwort

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”).

 

 

Sunnah Days February 2019

Sunnah Days February 2019

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 FEBRUARY 2019, in shaa Allah

North Africa - Europe - UK

Saturday 23 February 2019

Monday 25 February 2019

Saudi Arabia - UK

Friday 22 February 2019

Sunday 24 February 2019

Tuesday 26 February 2019

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.

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.”

Shilajeet

Shilajeet

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, would healing and nerve disorder (citing Chopra, et al 1976)”

Notes

*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.

Image

Valentin [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/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

Avoid

  • 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.

Sunnah Days for Hijama in January 2019

Sunnah Days for Hijama in January 2019

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 JANUARY 2019, in shaa Allah

North Africa - Europe - UK

Thursday 24 January 2019

Saturday 26 January 2019

Monday 28 January 2019

Saudi Arabia - UK

Wednesday 23 January 2019 (after sunset)

Friday 25 January 2019

Sunday 27 January 2019

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.

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."

Tenacity in older age

Tenacity in older age

The University of Jyväskylä in a 2018 study demonstrates that, “tenacity and flexibility are beneficial for out-of-home mobility ...”

“Older people who persistently strive for their goals, but at the same time are able to adjust their goals to better correspond to current circumstances, move across a larger life-space than do their less tenacious and flexible peers. Furthermore, tenacious and flexible older persons better perceive their possibilities to participate in outdoor activities.”

“Our results indicate that persistency and the ability to adjust can function as personal resources for maintaining out-of-home mobility and participation in later life,” Siltanen says. “Moreover, it seems that while flexibility is especially important for maintaining autonomy, tenacity may be what gets older people out the door.”

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

For those with diabetes useful foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus are:

·         Blackseed

·         Lemon Grass

·         Olives

·         Miswak

·         Honey

·         Barley

·         Dates

·         Zamzam Water

·         Vinegar

·         Costus

·         Trouffles

·         Figs

·         Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)

Reference

Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature

Sunnah Dates in December 2018

Sunnah Dates in December 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 DECEMBER 2018, in shaa Allah

North Africa - Europe - UK

Tuesday 25 December 2018

Thursday 27 December 2018

Saturday 29 December 2018

Saudi Arabia - UK

Monday 24 December 2018

Friday 28 December 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.

Plant-based or vegan diets and Diabetes Type 2

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Plant-based or vegan diets and Diabetes Type 2

A recent review of evidence by The International Diabetes Federation found that, “… plant-based diets accompanied by educational interventions can significantly improve psychological health, quality of life, … and weight, and therefore the management of diabetes [and] could potentially improve diabetic neuropathic pain and the levels of total cholesterol, [low density lipoprotein] cholesterol and triglycerides in [type 2 diabetes].”

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Quick Results ... and Try, Try Again

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Quick Results ... and Try, Try Again

According to a recent study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado, it only takes a few weeks of healthy eating to generate lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Dr Campbell, one of the researchers said, “"These findings should encourage people to try again if they fail at their first attempt to adopt a healthy eating pattern," …It seems that your body isn't going to become resistant to the health-promoting effects of this diet pattern just because you tried it and weren't successful the first time. The best option is to keep the healthy pattern going, but if you slip up, try again."

 

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Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Launched in 2015, NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) records that, “around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.”

Diabetes UK announced a new pilot by NHS England starting in 2019 which, “…will test a Type 2 remission programme … involving low-calorie diets.”

The Guardian reports, “The 800-calories-a-day regimen, made up of soups and shakes, has been shown to help people lose excess weight that has caused fat to build up around their internal organs including the pancreas, leading to type 2 diabetes.”

We hope that those taking on such a regimen consider the role of phlegm (mucus, balgham) we wrote about last week.

And also the role of foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus as listed by Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature:

  • Blackseed

  • Lemon Grass

  • Olives

  • Miswak

  • Honey

  • Barley

  • Dates

  • Zamzam Water

  • Vinegar

  • Costus

  • Trouffles

  • Figs

  • Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)

 

And we are reminded, again, of the hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who said, “No human being has ever filled a container worse than his own stomach. The son of Adam needs no more than some morsels of food to keep up his strength. Doing so, he should consider that a third of [his stomach] is for food, a third for drink and a third for breathing.”

 

 

Alternatives To Wheat

Alternatives To Wheat

Sometimes it can be useful to take a 30-day holiday from eating wheat. 

By “wheat” we take the meaning to be: all types of bread made from wheat. Also, pasta, pizza, cake, biscuits, and cereals. This includes naan, pitta, roti and paratha.

Here is a short non-exhaustive list of alternatives:

  • Oats

  • Oat Bread

  • Oat Cakes (make sure it doesn’t contain wheat)

  • Oat Pitta Bread

  • Oatibix

  • Porridge

  • Barley

  • Barley Bread

  • Barley Pitta Bread

  • Rye Bread (make sure it’s 100% Rye)                        

  • Rye Crispbread (for example, Ryvita)

  • Rice

  • Rice Bread

  • Rice Cakes

  • Buckwheat,

  • Chickpea (gram),

  • Corn

  • Maize

  • Millet flour

  • Potato flour

  • Rice flour

  • Tapioca flour

Of interest is a recent study from Copenhagen University concluded that, “When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fiber-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating, a new study shows. The researchers attribute the impact of diet on healthy adults more to change in composition of dietary fibers than gluten itself.”

Phlegm – Mucus - Balgham

Phlegm – Mucus - Balgham

Notes from an interview with a Hakeem.

 

Your work is in treating others’ health problems. What are you doing at the moment for your own health?

“I am currently in the process of detoxing from a phlegm imbalance.  Looking back, I think there has been quite a long term build up, a tendency towards imbalance.  I’ve been doing this now for a number of months and hope to have completed the process soon.”

What do you mean by phlegm imbalance?

“Phlegm, or mucus or (the Arabic word) Balgham is a key component in Islamic Medicine. It is a compound temperament, cold and moist, and one of the four bodily humours.

The three core ideas with this detox are, primarily, to reduce those foods that have a tendency to produce mucus.  You use fruit and vegetables as the roughage, and, if you want extra effect, you increase foods that have a tendency to remove mucus.”

So what are the foods that you are reducing?

“I am avoiding or reducing wheat, dairy, rice, eggs and sugar. I am focusing on mainly lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, especially dried fruit. Once a week I will have dish of lamb or chicken or fish.”

To be clear, what do you mean by wheat?

“I mean all types of bread made from wheat. Also, pasta, pizza, cake, biscuits, and cereals. This includes naan, pitta, roti and paratha.”

And dairy?

“By “dairy” I mean milk, yoghurt, butter and cheese.”

What kinds of foods are you eating to replace these?

“I continue to eat all types of vegetables - especially green leafy vegetables - and fruit - especially dried fruit - and lentils, pulses, beans, barley, barley bread, rye bread, rye crisp bread, porridge, oats, oat milk and oatcakes. It’s important to remember protein. You’d be surprised how much protein you can get from non-meat and diary sources.”

What about sugar?

“I try to replace sugar with honey but this is not always possible. I avoid pouring boiling water on honey.”

Is this a permanent programme?

“No, not at all. I think it will take a few months. But, long term, I can see the value in eating reduced amounts of wheat, dairy, rice, eggs and sugar.”

What about herbal medicine?

“After a diagnosis from the tongue, eyes, forehead, hands, nails, face, the six body organ pulses on the right and left hands, I decided to support this detox process with specific herbal medicines.”

Can you be more specific?

“Each day I am currently taking a spoon of cayenne powder, as a tonic. It seems to go down best with orange juice with the bits in. I also drink a dilution of lemon juice concentrate first thing in the morning with a spoon of honey. Dried figs, radishes and apples also seem to be good “phlegm-strippers” for me.

For general health, do you take any herbal medicines?

“Yes, I take mullein, hawthorn berry powder, buchu, astralagus, raspberry powder, nettle leaf powder, celery powder, skullcap and meadowsweet powder.  Also, I am taking du zhong [eucommia bark powder] and yin yang huo [epimedium] for the kidneys, bladder, bones and lower back, and lobelia (a paired herb for the cayenne).I would advise people to only take herbal medicines as prescribed by someone trained in herbal medicine and after a proper diagnosis.”

Do you have any general advice?

“I advise myself of the hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who said, “No human being has ever filled a container worse than his own stomach. The son of Adam needs no more than some morsels of food to keep up his strength. Doing so, he should consider that a third of [his stomach] is for food, a third for drink and a third for breathing.”

 

 

Phlegm imbalance can lead to very challenging health problems.  Some of those writing about mucus have put together “mucus-lean” or “mucus-free” diets.  Three examples are from Dr Christopher, from Arnold Ehret and from Dr Sebi (Alfred Bowman) who have all written about the problems of mucus. The Livestrong Foundation has an interesting list in this respect.  Some of the views expressed in support of a mucus-free diet seem very extreme or excessive. And these writers have differences of opinion on what mucus is and how to deal with it. 

 

It is best to return to the Sunnah on these matters and to study what the scholars of Islamic Medicine have to say about what to eat, what not to eat and, most importantly, the amount to eat as referred to in the last part of what was said in the interview.

We advise people to embark on any health and diet detoxification process only on the advice of their medical advisers.

We also advise people to make sure that they get enough protein in their diet, whatever dietary programme they follow.

 

 

 

Sunnah Days in November 2018

Sunnah Days in November 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 NOVEMBER 2018, in shaa Allah

North Africa - Europe - UK - Saudi Arabia

Sunday 25 November 2018

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Thursday 29 November 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.

Stone Root - Richweed

Stone Root - Richweed

Latin: Collinsonia canadensis

Part of the mint family, it is a “renal and circulatory tonic” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

An “anti-lithic, diuretic, diaphoretic … the treatment and prevention of stone and gravel in the urinary system and the gall-bladder.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).