Dandelion

Dandelion

Latin: Taraxacum officinale

TCM: Pu Gong Ying

A “relaxing cholagogue and choleretic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Diuretic, cholagogue [stimulating the flow of bile from the liver], anti-rheumatic, laxative, tonic.  Dandelion is a very powerful diuretic … one of the best natural sources of potassium … a most valuable general tonic and perhaps the best widely applicable diuretic and liver tonic.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” say, “bitter, sweet, cold … clears heat and toxicity … resolves dampness.”

 

Sunnah Dates in August/September 2018

Sunnah Dates in August/September 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 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018, in shaa Allah

Saudi - UK

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Thursday 30 August 2018

Saturday 1 September 2018

 

UK - Morocco - Europe

Friday 31 August 2018

Sunday 2 September 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.

Elder

Elder

Latin: Sambucus nigra

TCM: Jie Gu Mu

“Relaxing vaso-tonic alterative and diaphoretic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“The Elder tree is a veritable medicine chest by itself. The leaves are used primarly for bruises, sprains, wounds … flowers for colds and influenza … berries have similar properties to the flowers with the addition of their usefulness in rheumatism.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

Keeping the spleen strong

Keeping the spleen strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the spleen strong we eat millet, beef and apricots. Then in late summer when it is humid our spleen can stay balanced.”

Keeping the heart strong

Keeping the heart strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the heart strong we eat millet, sheep and plums. Then in summer when it is hot our heart can stay balanced.”

 

Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock

Latin: Rumex crispus

“The root of the plant is often made into an ointment to ease itching.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

“Relaxing and stimulating vaso-tonic alterative.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

An “alterative, purgative, cholagogue. Yellow Dock is used extensively in the treatment of chronic skin complaints such as psoriasis …[and] a valuable remedy for constipation.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

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Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet

Latin: Filipendula Ulmaria

TCM: Xuan Gao Wen Zi Cao

An “antacid and stomach tonic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, antacid, anti-emetic, astringent.  Meadowsweet is of the best digestive remedies available… It acts to protect and soothe the mucous membranes … reducing excess acidity.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Chamomile

Chamomile

Latin: Anthemus nobile, Matricaria chamomilla, Matricaria recutita

TCM: Huang Chu Ju

“An infusion of the small flower heads acts as a tonic, digestive aid, and calmative, while in large doses, it acts as an emetic and diaphoretic.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

A “carminative and anti-spasmodic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Anti-spasmodic, carminative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, vulnerary…. The apparently endless list of conditions it can help all fall into areas that the relaxing, carminative and anti-inflammatory actions can aid.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Sunnah Dates in July/August 2018

Sunnah Dates in July/August 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 JULY/AUGUST 2018, in shaa Allah

Saudi - UK

Monday 30 July 2018

Friday 3 August 2018

UK-Morocco-Europe

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Thursday 2 August 2018

Saturday 4 August 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.

Cayenne

Cayenne

 

Latin: Capsicum minimum, Capsicum frutescens

 “[It] is used for a long list of ailments [and can used] as a catalyst for speeding other ingredients quickly throughout the body … to promote and continue the internal combustive heat produced by lobelia, and its always recommended to take the two together… one of the most powerful stimulants known among herbs.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

 “A general vaso-stimulant to the heart, arteries and capillaries, [a] cardio-vascular stimulant” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“A stimulant, carminative, tonic, sialagogue, rubefacient, antiseptic. Cayenne is the most useful of the systemic stimulants.  It regulates the blood flow, equalising and strengthening the heart, arteries, capillaries and nerves.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Black Willow

Black Willow

Latin: Salix nigra

A “urinary anti-spasmodic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

An “anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, analgesic, antiseptic, astringent. Black Willow is a safe natural source of aspirin-like chemicals, which helps explain its reputation in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis … and used as part of a wider treatment for any connective tissue inflammation anywhere in the body, … also useful in rheumatoid arthritis.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

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Thyme

Thyme

Latin: Thymus Vulgaris

Arabic: Zatar

It has “… a strong, pungent, spicy taste and odor … used medicinally as a tonic, a carminative, an emmenagogue, and an anti-spasmodic. Externally, the oil of thyme is used for toothache, neuralgia, and painful swellings.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

An “anti-septic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

A “carminative, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, astringent, anthelmintic. It can be used … internally for respiratory and digestive infections … asthma.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Yarrow

Yarrow

Latin: Achillea millefolium

An “astringent, alterative, a diuretic, and a tonic … used to stop [bleeding] … in the treatment of colds, influenza, measles, smallpox, chickenpox, fevers… Yarrow acts as a blood cleanser and opens the pores to permit free perspiration, taking along with it, unwanted waste and thus relieving the kidneys.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

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

“Diaphoretic, hypotensive, astringent, diuretic, antiseptic … Yarrow is one of the best diaphoretic herbs and is a standard remedy for aiding the body to deal with fevers. It lowers blood pressure … stimulates digestion …” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

The Effect of Pungent Foods

The Effect of Pungent Foods

Bhikha and Abdul Haq in “Tibb – Traditional Roots of Medicine in Modern Routes to Health” state, “Excess pungent foods [For example, garlic, onion, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, turmeric chilli peppers, black pepper, ginger root, horseradish.] increase heat and dryness and are harmful to the liver and weaken muscular tone.”

Valerian

Valerian

Latin: Valeriana officinalis

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Xie Cao

An “anti-spasmodic and a stimulant and is of value in treating hysteria ... and whooping cough. Valerian is used … as a nerve tonic.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

An “anti-spasmodic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Valerian is one of the most useful relaxing nervines that is available to us.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Comfrey

Comfrey

Latin: Symphytum officinale

Arabic: As-sanfiitun

A “demulcent, expectorant, and astringent, for almost any condition which requires a general cleansing of the entire internal system. The whole plant is made into a tea and consumed more or less freely for complaints such as arthritis, gallstones, stomach disorders, asthma … and female disorders.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

For external use for “fractures … bruises … ulcers, wounds, inflamed skin…” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“… a powerful healing agent in gastric and duodenal ulcers, hiatus hernia and ulcerative colitis.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Echinacea

Echinacea

Latin: Echinacea Angustifolia

“It is useful in treating all diseases caused by impurity of the blood.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

A “vaso-tonic alterative, lymphatic vaso-tonic, immune modulator.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Echinacea is the prime remedy to help the body rid itself of microbial infections. It is effective against both bacterial and viral attacks.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

 

Peppermint

Peppermint

Latin: Mentha × piperita

Arabic: Naenae

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Bo He

 

“Very hot in nature, peppermint may be use to advantage to promote perspiration and overpower the cold.” (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980))

A “gastric adaptogen, gastro-intestinal antispasmodic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Peppermint is one of the best carminatives available.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” list it under “cool acrid herbs that release the exterior”.  It is “acrid, aromatic and cooling … [it] disperses wind-heat.”

Sunnah Dates in July 2018

Sunnah Dates in July 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 JULY 2018, in shaa Allah

UK - Saudi - North Africa - Europe

Sunday 1 July 2018

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Thursday 5 July 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.

Cleavers

Cleavers

Latin: Galium aparine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):  Zhu Yang Yang

 

A “relaxing, diffusive and soothing diuretic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

“Cleavers is a very valuable plant and is perhaps the best tonic to the lymphatic system available.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).