Bhikha’s introduction to Tibb began more than twenty-five years ago. In this heartwarming, personal interview, learn more about his journey to Tibb in South Africa, his dedication to holistic healthcare with improved clinical skills and service delivery through mindful responsibility to the greater community.
Prof. Bhikha’s commitment to healthcare is evident in his continuous efforts of establishing an effective, affordable and accessible healthcare model. Starting off as a qualified pharmacist in 1969, he built up Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals into the largest privately-owned generic manufacturer in South Africa.
His journey to Tibb and the establishment of the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is a heartfelt one. It began more than twenty-five years ago when his youngest daughter, experienced severe breathing difficulties. After a lung biopsy she was diagnosed with fibrosing alveolitis, requiring oxygen continuously.
This was a turning point and a catalyst for him to research different philosophies of healthcare including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and more specifically Unani medicine. His choice of learning more about Unani medicine was based on its rich history over many centuries and the contribution of Hippocrates who established this system on the principles of cause and effect.
In 1994, to learn about Unani medicine Prof Bhikha met Hakim Mohamed Said, from Hamdard University, Pakistan, and arranged for a medical doctor and a primary healthcare nurse to attend an introductory course in this system. In 1999, in an arrangement with Hamdard University, Hakim Abdul Haq, a specialist in Unani philosophy joined the Institute in achieving its vision of promoting the practice and training of Unani medicine in South Africa.
The decision to choose the name Tibb came after much consideration. Over the centuries this system was called by many different names; Greco-Arab medicine, Western Herbal medicine, Unani-Tibb (‘Greek medicine’) and Unani medicine (Indian subcontinent). The name Tibb (the Arabic word for ‘medicine’) provides a differentiation from conventional/Western medicine and is in keeping with Prof Bhikha’s willingness to incorporate all medical knowledge in the form of integrative medicine.
Prof Bhikha’s contribution to the development in the promotion and practice of Tibb has earned him many awards including amongst others from Hamdard University (Pakistan), National Institute of Unani Medicine and Aligarh Muslim University (both from India). He was also awarded the Inyathelo Lifetime Philanthropy Award.
He remains committed to community upliftment and health provision focusing on primary healthcare, training of professionals, and research. He has presented academic papers worldwide and authored numerous books.
This research paper highlights the contribution of the Institute, based on various research projects conducted between 2003 and 2020. The results contributed positively to the principles of physis/tabiat, humours/akhlat, temperament/mizaj, and lifestyle factors/sittah zarooriah within the context of aetiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment. The Institute’s contribution facilitated the development of tertiary training material at both a 5-year Undergraduate Degree and a 1-year Postgraduate Diploma to be trained as Unani-Tibb doctors.
This research paper highlights the contribution of the Institute, based on various research projects conducted between 2003 and 2020. The results contributed positively to the principles of physis, humours, temperament, and lifestyle factors within the context of aetiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment. The Institute’s contribution facilitated the development of tertiary training material at both a 5-year Undergraduate Degree and a 1-year Postgraduate Diploma to be trained as doctors of the Medicine of Hippocrates.
On 22 March 22, programme coordinators from IES ABROAD, based in South Africa and Tulane University in New Orleans had program coordinators visit the Tibb treatment centre as a prospective field site for students enrolling in the IES ABROAD program/s.
“This research paper highlights the core concepts of Hippocratic medicine, focusing on an individualistic approach, ‘Vis Medicatrix Naturae’, and the humoral theory, in relation to lifestyle factors and its effect on health and disease. Furthermore, we acknowledge the contribution of Hippocrates to transforming medicine into a scientific and evidence-based system and recognising his pivotal role in medical ethics and conduct as we know it today.”
In this video Prof Bhikha provides insights into the holistic approach of Tibb (Medicine) and the philosophical principles on which this system of medicine has been practiced for more than 2500 years as A Science of Medicine, and the Art of Care, and also why Tibb and Western medicine can be ideal partners in Integrative Medicine.
This paper substantiates the Prophetic tradition of “Hold on to the use of blackseed, as it has a remedy for every illness except death”, by detailing its phytochemistry and pharmacological action in the treatment of various illness conditions within the context of the Tibb philosophical principles, of the temperamental and humoral theory and more importantly Physis.
Tibb is an ancient holistic medical system that originated approximately 10 000 years ago, based on the humoral and temperamental theories that was hypothesised by Hippocrates and Galen. The “completeness” of this medical discipline was influenced by other renowned scholars including Ibn Sina.
Tibb philosophical principles based on the temperamental and humoral theory provides the rationale as to why males and the elderly are at an increased risk of progressive symptoms of the disease, whereas females and children are less at risk.
Identifying and understanding one’s temperamental combination provides valuable insight into the predisposition to illness conditions and disease progression. The aim of this study was to validate the relationship between an individual’s dominant temperamental quality in relation to qualities associated with illness conditions, as an indicator to the predisposition to illness/es. The study was conducted over a period of six months by qualified Unani-Tibb practitioners at the Tibb Treatment centres in Cape Town. Five hundred (500) patients aged between 8-84 years old were included into the study.
The Corona Virus or Covid-19, a global pandemic that we all currently face, has for obvious reasons, sparked a great deal of fear and uncertainty. Although measures are in place to avoid the spread of the virus, this approach only limits the spread whilst doing little by way of strengthening an individual’s immunity or the presentation of signs and symptoms. This leaves many, especially the elderly, vulnerable to illness and even death.
From the Western medicine perspective, the only hope rests with the development of a vaccine that still needs to be tested for its efficacy and safety. Whereas from the Tibb perspective, based on the temperamental and humoral theory, the focus is to support the body’s inherent self-healing capacity, from the founders of medicine Hippocrates, Galen and Ibn Sina, which Hippocrates described as ‘vis medicatrix naturae’ – the body’s ability to heal itself – as a means of optimising the efficiency of the immune system.
The Tibb approach to the prevention and management of Covid-19 is based on its philosophical principles that provides an understanding as to why some people are more at risk and why children and young adults are less likely to be affected by the virus. Tibb also provides practical advice on lifestyle changes and herbal medication for the prevention and management of Covid-19.
In this video Prof Bhikha provides insight on the Tibb perspective with regards to the coronavirus
Raeesah Moola, MBChB – a fifth year student from Stellenbosch University, completed a three-week elective at the Tibb Treatment Centres in Cape Town and shares her views.
The Pharmacy Council of South Africa awarded Prof Rashid Bhikha with “The Legacy Pharmacist Award” at the 3rd National Pharmacy Conference held in Sun City last weekend.
In the above research, that was conducted at the Tibb Treatment Centres in Cape Town, one-thousand patients were recruited. The aim of the study was to evaluate the hypothesis that excess or abnormal states of the melancholic humour are a major and significant cause of many common chronic conditions. There was a steady increase in the incidence of patients with chronic conditions in patients with melancholic imbalances. In children and younger adults, it was virtually non-existent, and 15% in young adults. Thereafter it rose to 18% in mature adults, 56% in middle-aged adults, 71% in senior adults, 78% in older adults, and finally 100% in the aged patients. This clinical observation supports the hypothesis that excess/abnormal melancholic humour could well be the cause of most chronic conditions.
During August 2019, a group of International Education of Students (IES abroad) visited the Tibb Treatment Centre while on their student exchange program on Health, Culture and development. Students provided feedback on their experience at the Tibb Treatment Centre.
Pharmacotherapy is a traditional healing paradigm based mainly on herbs, with numerous pharmacopeia being compiled over the centuries. It was the dominant therapeutic option until superseded by modern chemical-based conventional drug therapy. As it is now experiencing a revival for reasons, such as better patient tolerance, more information is required on the mode of action and clinical efficacy of herbal remedies. In his Canon of Medicine, Ibn Sina details Tibb pharmacotherapy, allocating specific therapeutic herbs to different categories, or orders, of clinical efficacy and patient safety, based on the temperamental and humoral theories. Western drugs act on specific tissue receptors, whereas herbal remedies exert their action by restoring homeostasis via qualitative and humoral changes. Furthermore, herbal remedies support inner healing, or physis, so differ from Western drugs, which tend to oppose it. They also contain a wide range of active ingredients, which allow for a wide spectrum in pharmacotherapy effect. Consequently, Tibb pharmacotherapy is better tolerated, and less prone to adverse drug reactions.
In keeping with the Institute’s primary objective of promoting the training and practice of Tibb, the Institute has uploaded its latest e-book titled “Theoretical Principles of Tibb” for free download. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the philosophy, aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment. This reference book can be a primary source in the training of Unani-Tibb doctors as well as medical professionals trained in Western medicine, wishing to integrate the principles of Tibb into their current practice.
Acceptance of the clinical efficacy and tolerance of herbal remedies by practitioners of conventional, Western medicine is strongly dependent on unambiguous and reproducible evidence, particularly their pharmacological action. A single conventional drug generally has one dominant pharmacological mode of action which accounts for its therapeutic efficacy, whereas a herbal remedy because of the various active agents it contains, generally influences several biochemical and/or physiological systems present in the body. Identifying this therefore poses several challenges. They are much more complex, and the active components of a herbal remedy may act synergistically or interact in other ways. Although the need to determine modes of action has not been a primary concern of complementary healthcare practitioners, there is increasing pressure to elaborate objectively on their pharmacological action.
The Ibn Sina of Tibb and Islamic Relief South Africa continue their partnership with Osizweni for 2019…
On the 6th of December, Osizweni hosted an awareness campaign for World AIDS day themed “get tested”. The aim was to encourage people to routinely be tested for HIV, to break the stigma associated with HIV, and to empower the community to unite in the fight against HIV, through health education and Tibb lifestyle promotion. With knowledge comes great power.
Following four years of commitment to the City of Johannesburg’s community health, the Alllied-Tibb Community Oriented Care Programme entered into a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this years with the City of Jo’burg’s Department of Health to render mentoring and coaching services…
This review examines the interaction between herbal remedies and conventional (orthodox) drugs. There has been a substantial increase in the consumption of herbal remedies in recent times for various reasons. They are often combined with one another, and are often used simultaneously with conventional drugs that are taken for a wide range of disorders, both acute and chronic. The probability of a real and substantial interaction between the therapeutic agents originating from different medical paradigms is likewise expanding. Whilst most of the herb-drug interactions are undoubtedly minor, benign, and harmless, there are reports of more serious interactions. Possible reasons for specific herb-drug interactions are examined, particularly from the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics perspectives.
Avicenna (980—1037A.D) was the most influential Iranian physician and philosopher in the medieval era. Avicenna composed and compiled treaties on various aspects of medicine in his famous book the Canon of Medicine. Avicenna’s treaties have inspired countless debates in all fields of medicine including basic medical sciences. In his treaties, Avicenna adopted the practical approach to the descriptions of the human body and the diseases associated. He made substantial contribution to the medical literature and medical education through his observations and clinical studies.
The journey between Prof. Bhikha, chairman of The Ibn Sina Institute and Dr. Barrie Oldham of The Asklepion School of Tibb began over a year ago when they decided to “take Greek medicine back to Greece”.
The impact on the Quality of Life (QoL) of 120 ‘well’ patients in a health promotion group and 480 patients with pre-existing, pre-diagnosed, mostly chronic conditions, in an illness management group was assessed over the period of one year after offering them an Individualised Health Care Plan based on the six Tibb lifestyle factors. The research was conducted by community healthcare workers affiliated to the City of Johannesburg’s 23 clinics in region D (Soweto), who were trained as Tibb Lifestyle Advisors. QoL assessments were completed at the beginning and end of the study. The healthy group showed a marked improvement in overall health, whereas the results in the illness management group was significantly greater. This study highlights the importance of the Tibb approach of lifestyle changes in health promotion and illness management that provides specific guidelines on air and breathing, diet, exercise, sleep, emotions and elimination. The importance of this pilot study’s findings is discussed in the context of financial and logistical factors as a way of halting the increasing incidence of chronic diseases of lifestyle.
A group of fourteen students from the International Education of Students Abroad (USA) visited the Tibb Treatment Centres to broaden their understanding about the various paradigms of healthcare available in South Africa.
Two Stellenbosch MBChB V students, Amirah Majiet and Maryam Harnekar, completed their four week elective at the Tibb Treatment Centres in Cape Town.
The impact of Tibb Lifestyle Factors in health promotion and illness management, measured in terms of Quality of Life parameters was researched in 120 healthy clients and 480 patients with pre-diagnosed chronic conditions. The research was conducted by Ward Based Outreach Teams affiliated to clinics in City of Johannesburg’s region D (Soweto). The healthy group showed a mark improvement in overall health whereas the illness group was significantly greater. The importance of this pilot study findings is significant within the context of financial and logistical factors as a way of halting the increase incidence of chronic diseases of lifestyle.
Following the successful Allied-Tibb partnership, which began in 2015, for the training of more than 2000 Community Healthcare Workers/Ward Based Outreach Teams (WBOT’s), and Health Promoters from the 126 clinics in the City of Joburg as Tibb Lifestyle Advisors, and the successful research project “Care and Support for Improved Patient Outcomes (CaSIPO)” during the 2017-2018 year, a new contract to implement Tibb lifestyle within the City of Joburg clinics was signed.
In addition to participating in the “International Conference of Unani Medicine: Re-visiting Ilmul Jarahat (Surgery)” that was held at Aligarh Muslim University in India, the management of the university conferred upon Prof Bhikha the “Ibn-E-Sina International Award” in recognition of his outstanding contribution for the inception, procreation and research & development of Unani Medicine Globally.
The department of Jarahat (Surgery), Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh India organized an International Conference JCON-4 “The International Conference of Unani Medicine: Re-visiting Ilmul Jarahat (Surgery)” at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Delegates from more than twenty countries participated in the conference including representatives from four Iranian universities. In keeping with this theme Prof Bhikha presented a paper on “Surgery: What is the role of Unani-Tibb?”.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is proud to announce the publication of its latest book titled “Theoretical Principles of Tibb”. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the philosophy, aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment from a Tibb perspective. This reference book is aimed at medical professionals trained in Western medicine, wishing to integrate the principles of Tibb into their current practice. It will most certainly contribute positively to undergraduate students of Unani-Tibb.
The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), an autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India organized an International Conference on Unani Medicine, as part of the celebration of Unani Day. One of the objectives of the conference was to promote the Unani System of medicine globally.
Three MBChB students from Stellenbosch University completed a four (4) week elective period at the Tibb Treatment Centres, supervised by Tibb Practitioners. Students share their views on Tibb
The Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran recently invited Prof. Bhikha as a guest speaker at a conference on prophetic medicine. In addition to presenting a paper on “Rationale that underpins the wisdom of Tibb al-Nabawi”, he had the opportunity to meet PhD students conducting research in prophetic medicine.
On the 23 November 2017, the Tibb Treatment Centres were invited to Heideveldt Day Hospital to provide a talk for the staff at their health day session. Moerida Higgins, Clinic Administrator, accompanied by Tibb Practitioners- Drs Yumna Abrahams, Kashiefa Domingo and James Suteka presented at the event.
13 November 2017
On Friday 10th November 2017 Prof Bhikha from the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb and Dr Barrie Oldham from The Centre for Bio-Regulatory Medicine signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to establish the “Asklepion School on Kos”, in Athens for the training of Unani-Tibb, (which literally means “Greek Medicine”).
17 October 2017
After the successful training of City of Joburg’s Ward Based Outreach Teams (WBOT) in Soweto, as Tibb Lifestyle Advisors, Sister Dumsile Dlamini commenced with the training in Roodepoort (Region C), on the 16th October 2017. This training forms part of the arrangement between the Tibb Institute and the Allied Communities Network to train 4000 WBOT’s for the City of Joburg.
09 October 2017
The Humoral Theory held sway for more than two thousand years, as it offered a rational and understandable model for the workings of the human body in both health and disease. It incorporated the concepts of the elements (fire, water, air, and earth) and the qualities (heat, coldness, moistness and dryness) which offered a viable explanation of both the microcosm (the body) and the microcosm (the environment). It also merged with the constructs related to the person’s temperament and lifestyle, and offered valuable clinical support in diagnosis, treatment, and recuperation. It fitted seamlessly into treatment modes such as phytotherapy, cupping, massage, and hydrotherapy. The Humoral Theory was ultimately superseded by the doctrine of specific aetiology, more popularly known as the Germ Theory. Even so, many aspects of the Humoral Theory are still relevant today, especially in the fields of physiology, neurochemistry, and personality research
15 August 2017
Many of us are under a great deal of stress these days.
What with financial problems, worrying levels of crime, the threat
of unemployment, environmental pollution, climate change concerns,
the Rand plummeting… Unfortunately, stress can have a profound impact
on our state of health, and on our quality of life. Tibb offers
valuable guidance for understanding this disorder, and suggests
a number of remedies to counteract it.
10 August 2017
Everyone wants to lead a long, healthy and happy life, but no one
wants to get old. The unspoken dread among many of those on the wrong
side of fifty is becoming infirm, physically or mentally – or both.
Tibb accepts that there is no plausible or confirmed way of reversing
the ageing process: no “Fountain of Eternal Youth”, “Elixir of Life”,
exotic herbal formula or magical supplement. Even so, there is quite a
lot that we can do to slow down the process.
02 August 2017
Western pharmacology can be divided into two broad categories: pharmacodynamics
(the effect drugs have on the body) and pharmacokinetics (the effect the body has upon the drug). This research review is concerned with the former: the way drugs exert their pharmacological action. The keystone of Western pharmacology is based on the Receptor Theory, where the drug acts as a “key” to undo a “lock in specific parts of the body”. The receptor is a membrane-located macromolecule with both binding and activity sites. The pharmaceutical drug attaches to the binding site, and either stimulates (as an agonist) or blocks (as an antagonist) the receptor,initiating or inhibiting the receptor’s dedicated action.
11 July 2017
A remarkable number of Sowetans with varied illness conditions
and currently using Tibb Lifestyle Factors to improve their health
outcomes gathered at YMCA Orlando East to review progress, and to
interact with their Tibb Lifestyle Advisors. These are part of the
150 clients/patients who are participating in the “Care and Support
for Improved Patient Outcomes” (CasiPO) research project that is
aimed at assessing the role of Tibb Lifestyle Factors in health
promotion and in the management of illness conditions mostly
lifestyle related; diabetes, hypertension, HIV & AIDS, TB, arthritis
05 July 2017
What does a newborn baby do first? It takes a deep breath, before
greeting the world with a piercing cry. This is because the environment’s
air is the most essential factor in maintaining life. Most can live
without water for a few days, and without food or sleep for a several
days longer. But without air to breathe we will scarcely survive for
a few minutes.
29 June 2017
Are we getting enough rest? For many people, taking regular periods
of rest is rather frowned on. It is seen as idleness. But the need for
resting is getting more and more pressing in our highly stressful present-day Westernised lifestyles. Tibb’s view is that resting contributes to better health and quality of life. Resting now has its proper place in three
important areas – maintaining good health, helping to overcome disease,
and supporting recuperation.
20 June 2017
Come on, get moving. You’ll be amazed at how alive you’ll feel.
The difference between feeling good and feeling great involves
examining all areas of your life holistically and making changes
that encompass body, mind and soul. Exercise is a great way to start.
Tibb views exercise as an extension of an individual’s make-up or temperament, recognizing that each person has exercise needs that are unique to them.
14 June 2017
The consumption of herbal remedies is on the increase. They are often taken
together with conventional drugs for many ailments, so there is a real risk of a herb:drug interaction. Although most interactions are probably minor and benign, the possibility of a serious one does exist. This article examines the nature of the interaction between conventional drugs and herbal remedies.
06 June 2017
“With winter making a sudden entrance this year, it seems that many of
us are already reaching for the dreaded box of tissues. Although this is a topic that we often touch upon, we are always asked for information on treating colds and flu. It is our hope that you will find the advice in this article helpful enough to carry you through a healthy, happy winter.”
31 May 2017
“Sleep is the elixir of life. It is a time set aside to allow Physis to operate uninterrupted on both the body and the mind. Without sufficient and adequate sleep, the body cannot successfully renew and maintain physical and psychological performance. Tibb regards sleep as one of the six lifestyle
factors that define overall well-being. In Tibb, sleep requirements vary according to a person’s Temperament. Your body is the best indicator of how much sleep you require.”
29 May 2017
“Ramadaan, is a period of reflection and restoration not only for the body, but for spiritual and emotional organisation as well. It is a time of deeper consciousness where we practice self-restraint, appreciate our blessings and remember those less fortunate. Tibb advocates fasting on a regular basis as a means for the body to reorganize itself, thereby promoting a renewed sense of well-being. Following a healthy diet during the fasting period can have further health benefits. Ramadaan is an ideal time to take advantage of these benefits.” This article provides practical insight to receive the most reward from this holy month.
24 May 2017
On the 2nd May 2017, Sister Dumsile Dlamini began the Tibb Lifestyle Advisors training of the first group of the 4000 Ward Based Outreach Teams linked to the various clinics in the City of Joburg at Tladi Information Centre in Soweto. The participants’ feedback was very positive with comments such as “informative” and “life changing”.
24 April 2017
The eighth in the series of research articles that critically reviews Ibn Sina’s (Avicenna’s) description of human anatomy, in relation to the current understanding of anatomical structures of the human body.
21 April 2017
The seventh in the series of research articles that critically reviews Ibn Sina’s (Avicenna’s) description of human anatomy, in relation to the current understanding of anatomical structures of the human body.
04 April 2017
The above research paper authored by Prof Rashid Bhikha has been published in a peer reviewed international journal – Asian Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 08, Issue 03, pp.4438-4442, March 2017.
23 March 2017
The above research paper authored by Dr Pedzisai Mazengenya and Prof Rashid Bhikha has been published in a peer reviewed international journal – Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science Vol. 16, No. 02, April 2017.
16 March 2017
Following the success of the Allied-Tibb Community Oriented Primary Care programme (COPC) launched in April 2015 and its subsequent renewal and success of its second phase in 2016, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has further renewed the partnership for an additional year.
The Care and Support programme for Improved Patient Outcomes (CaSIPO), 2017-2018, is a case study on 600 clients and uses Tibb Lifestyle Factors in preventing illness in healthy clients and in disease management in clients with chronic and common ailments.
07 March 2017
During the month of February the Institute renewed the annual contracts in the funding of Lifestyle Advisors with the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa. The Gauteng Branch was represented by Dr Yumna Hassim, whereas Sister Honey Allee, Clinic Nursing Director represented the Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch of the IMA. The four (4) Lifestyle Advisors in the Durban Branch are based at the RK Khan Hospital, Malukazi Clinic, Marianhill Clinic and also in the IMA Mobile Primary Health Care Clinic. The Lifestyle Advisor for Gauteng is based in Soweto.
01 March 2017
Each of us is protected day and night from disease and kept in best health by our inner power for self-healing. Known as Physis in Tibb, this maintains the integrity and stability of our ‘inner terrain’. It also effectively protects us from the hostile environment we live in. From the repair of a simple cut to the finger, to mending of a broken limb, Physis is totally committed to the healing process. Read more on this remarkable healing power.
17 Feb 2017
The story of cholesterol and its link to health is one of continuing lively debate. Abnormally high levels of this essential substance in the blood are usually the hallmark of a faulty way of life and poor habits. Can changes in diet and other aspects of lifestyle restore metabolic balance? The conventional medical approach is based on powerful drugs, but Tibb prefers restoring inner harmony, and supporting the action of Physis, the ‘governor of the body’.
16 Feb 2017
The above research paper authored by Prof Rashid Bhikha and Dr John Glynn has been published in a peer reviewed international journal – Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science Vol. 16, No. 01, January 2017, ISSN: 2223-4721.
15 Feb 2017
The above research paper authored by Dr Pedzisai Mazengenya and Prof Rashid Bhikha has been published in a peer reviewed international journal – Archives of Iranian Medicine,
Vol. 20, No. 1, January 17.
14 February 2017
The above research paper authored by Dr Pedzisai Mazengenya and Prof Rashid Bhikha has been published in a peer reviewed international journal – Research Journal of Medical Sciences 10(6):676-682, 2016, ISSN: 1815-9346.
06 February 2017
The Tibb Institute has recently concluded a final report on the above research that was being conducted in its clinics in Cape Town. Patients with various conditions were treated with herbal infusions, as a standalone therapy, and where necessary together with medication, massage and cupping. After the second interim report of 60 patients was concluded in May 2016, the impact of the herbal infusions on various illness conditions, including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes as well as additional pathological tests are included in this final report consisting of 100 patients.
01 February 2017
The sixth in the series of research articles that critically reviews Ibn Sina’s (Avicenna’s) description of human anatomy, in relation to the current understanding of anatomical structures of the human body.
23 January 2017
During the 9th and 11th January 2017, Prof Rashid Bhikha participated in the 4th Hamdard International Conference in Unani Medicine that was held in Karachi, Pakistan at Hamdard University. The theme of the conference “Unani Medicine Past, Present and Future” had invited speakers from more than twenty different countries representing universities, Institutions of both Conventional and Complementary medicine as well as representatives from Ministries of Health and Education.
20 January 2017
On the 12th January, Prof Dr Hakim Abdul Hannan, Vice Chancellor Hamdard University extended Prof Bhikha’s honorary professorship with Hamdard University. This ceremony took place after Prof Bhikha delivered a series of lectures to the Academic staff and students of the Faculty of Eastern Medicine at Hamdard University which included “Application of the humoral theory in clinical practice”; “Critique on Anatomy as described in the Canon of Medicine” and “Unani-Tibb in South African: Challenges and Opportunities”.
19 January 2017
Thirty (30) students from Drew University, USA visited the Tibb Treatment Centre on the 5th January 2017, chaperoned by Dr Faeeza Abdullatief from the University of the Western Cape. Drew students tour to South Africa was based on an experiential learning initiative allowing students to evaluate and respect various cultures and models of healthcare in South Africa. At the Tibb Treatment Centre Drew students had the opportunity to learn about Tibb healthcare in South Africa.
13 December 2016
MBChB 4th year student, Tazwin Geldenhuis, from the University of Stellenbosch, spent four weeks at the Tibb Treatment Centres, located in Langa and Surrey Estate completing his elective.
07 December 2016
The fifth in the series of research articles that critically reviews Ibn Sina’s (Avicenna’s) description of human anatomy, in relation to the current understanding of anatomical structures of the human body.
01 December 2016
The Institute of Tibb, together with the Allied Communities Network, held a graduation ceremony for participants who had successfully completed the Lifestyle Advisors Training Workshops in 2016.
10 November 2016
Prof Rashid Bhikha, and associates – Drs Mujeeb Hoosen and Wendy Staak, from the University of the Western Cape, were invited by the National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM), Bengaluru, to attend and present papers at the International Conference of Unani Medicine. The NIUM serves as a model for academic excellence, pioneer for research frontiers in Unani Medicine and is an example for perfect patient care. The objectives of the international conference was to review the status of Unani medicine, exploring research frontiers that need to be prioritised along with better teaching and learning methods suitable for the Unani system of medicine.
12 October 2016
Tibb says that there is much more to dealing with the ageing process besides looking after the face and skin. What about the really vital organs and body activities? Tibb offers a balanced approach to supporting key activities like the heart, brain, liver and immune system.
28 Sept 2016
Two Grade 10 Learners from Settlers High School visited the Tibb Treatment Centres in Cape Town for two days on 19-20 September 2016 to job shadow. They were Dillon Hudsonberg and Aglaak Sanglay. The Tibb Treatment Centre is always willing to accommodate interested learners and students to spend some time in the facilities to make the public aware of what Tibb is all about and hopefully create an interest in the profession. The learners found the time rewarding and provided some feedback on their experience within the centres.
22 Sept 2016
The third in the series of research articles that critically reviews Ibn Sina’s (Avicenna’s) description of human anatomy, in relation to the current understanding of anatomical structures of the human body.
20 Sept 2016
Hypertension is a common chronic disorder of lifestyle where our blood pressure is permanently higher than normal. Although there are usually no symptoms, it does cause insidious damage to our organs like the heart, brain and kidneys. Tibb is well placed to deal with this important, long-term disorder, providing practical lifestyle advice and a number of treatment options.
15 Sept 2016
The Institute of Tibb was invited to celebrate African Traditional Medicine (ATM) Week with the Gauteng department of Health and various ATM associations on the 31st of August 2016. The week, which starts on Monday the 22nd to Wednesday 31st of August, included many activities comprising of exhibitions, panel discussions and cultural shows which aims to raise awareness on African Traditional Medicine.
13 Sept 2016
The Institute of Tibb was invited to celebrate African Traditional Medicine (ATM) Week with the Gauteng Traditional Faith and Medical Practitioners on the 25th of August 2016.
05 Sept 2016
Osteoarthritis is turning into a major health concern. More and more people are developing this morale and energy sapping disorder of lifestyle. And sufferers are becoming younger and younger, as inadequate diet, a sedentary lifestyle and more intense sporting activities take their toll on long-suffering knees, hips and other body joints. Read about Tibb’s approach to this emerging threat …
02 Sept 2016
Amaranth leaves and seeds have powerful medicinal properties that demonstrate the great extent to which diet influences human health. With outstanding benefits such as boosting fertility and preventing birth defects, it is clear that the amaranth plant has a lot more to offer than we realize.
30 Aug 2016
Okra is a highly nutritious vegetable and its immense benefits serve as a firm reminder that vegetables are an indispensable part of a healthy diet. Studies continue to link diets rich in multiple vegetables to a dramatically reduced likelihood of obesity and chronic illnesses.
16 Aug 2016
Tibb participated in the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Women’s Day event held on 12 August 2016 at their Cape Town Campus. The event was arranged by the Student Counselling Department and while Dr Rusqua Salasa and Christo Scheepers represented Tibb. Gift bags were sponsored by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb and Dr Rusqua Salasa presented to the attending students about Healthy Living from a Tibb perspective.
04 Aug 2016
The Tibb Treatment Centres in Cape Town provided an opportunity for three 5th year medical students in completing their elective in Complementary and Alternate medicine. The students had first-hand experience of the Tibb approach in the treatment of both acute and chronic illness conditions. On completion they shared their view of Tibb.
01 Aug 2016
Alarm bells are ringing. Many pathogenic microbes are becoming increasingly resistant to many antibiotics used to treat pneumonia, cystitis, food poisoning and other serious bacterial infections, not only in South Africa, but globally. Tibb has a different take on infection. It adopts a three-pronged approach – strengthening Physis’ natural defenses, building up resistance, and supporting therapy with herbal and other measures. A new Tibb Position Statement expands on the nature of infection, and outlines the measures we can adopt to both prevent and treat it.
27 July 2016
Reducing stress naturally
Stress is something people have to deal with as part of life. While it is not realistic to expect a stress-free life, lifestyle interventions can help keep stress under control. Failing to manage stress may interfere with someone’s ability to handle daily tasks and also result in serious health problems.
25 July 2016
Beets have a multitude of health benefits that counter different chronic conditions that have become commonplace. The immense disease fighting properties of beets also attest to the fundamental influence of diet on people’s health and the massive contribution healthy eating habits make towards preventing premature death.
22 July 2016
The Tibb Treatment Centre (Saartjie Baartman Centre) hosted a grade 8 volunteer in order for him to do his Life Orientation community services. It is always a privilege hosting a learner from one of the nearby schools and to be part of his/her development. This is one way of assisting the community in an area other than complementary healthcare consultations for which the Tibb Treatment Centres are known in Cape Town.
20 July 2016
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb hosted front shop assistants from Khuya Health in Tembisa.
08 July 2016
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, has concluded an agreement with Dr Pedzisai Mazengenya a senior lecturer at the School of Anatomical Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand to review Ibn Sina’s (Avicenna’s) description of human anatomy, in relation to the current understanding of anatomical structures of the human body.
07 July 2016
Black jack, known locally as muxiji or gewone knapseherel and scientifically referred to as bidens plosa, has myriad health attributes. Like other fruits and vegetables found in indigenous African diets, black jack is associated with blood sugar control, reduced cancer risk, improved cardiovascular fitness, and so many more benefits.
01 July 2016
Yoga and pilates are two exercises gaining popularity due to their immense health benefits especially relating to mental well-being. Other healthy advantages of practicing yoga and pilates include optimum cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, and improved sleep. Furthermore, research continues to uncover numerous ways yoga and pilates are beneficial to health.
29 June 2016
Breathing properly is a very important part of a healthy way of life. This was stressed by early Tibb pioneers like Hippocrates, who put it number one in the Lifestyle Factors. It applies even more so these days, where our air quality often leaves a lot to be desired. It is now, belatedly, recognised as a key wellness activity.
09 June 2016
Evaluating the impact of eliminating humoral imabalances with herbal infusions – interim report 2
The Tibb Institute has recently concluded a second interim report on the above research that is being conducted in its clinics in Cape Town. Patients with various conditions were treated with herbal infusions, as a standalone therapy, and where necessary together with medication and cupping. After the first interim report of 28 patients was concluded in November 2015, the impact of the herbal infusions on hypertension, hypercholesterolemia as well as diabetes was included in the interim report consisting of 60 patients.
02 June 2016
The extremely low incidence of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses in rural Africa attests to the immensely powerful medicinal properties of the traditional African diet. TIBB provides valuable insight into remarkable cancer fighting attributes of four traditional African foods.
30 May 2016
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a key health issue in South Africa. Many people are now aware that diet plays a role but few realize the vast capability of the traditional African diet to curb hypertension. TIBB profiles some of the indigenous African foods that possess powerful anti-hypertensive properties
26 May 2016
Diabetes was a relatively rare disease not long ago, but now affects more than two million South African adults. As it is mainly a disorder of lifestyle, Tibb is well placed to help out in the prevention and treatment of this serious disorder and its consequences.
18 May 2016
On the 5th of May 2016, Dr Joy Saville facilitated the Lifestyle Advisors training workshop to health promoters of Region E, at the City of Johannesburg quarters in Sandton.
5 May 2016
On the 28th of April 2016, Dr Joy Saville facilitated the Lifestyle Advisors training workshop to health promoters of Region G, at the Ennerdale Civic Centre.
4 May 2016
On the 21st of April 2016, Dr Joy Saville facilitated the Lifestyle Advisors training workshop to health promoters, staff nurses and enrolled nurses of Regions B and C, at the very grand Phelindaba Chambers at the Florida Civic Centre.
21 April 2016
More and more chronic disorders are being classified as autoimmune disorders, where the person’s immune system for some reason, begins to attack the body’s own tissues and organs. Tibb has a number of reservations about this conventional explanation, and offers alternative reasons.
13 April 2016
On the 6th of April 2016, Dr Joy Saville facilitated the Lifestyle Advisors Workshop for health promoters of the City of Johannesburg region F
12 April 2016
On the 17th of March 2016, Dr Joy Saville and Ruvey Roets, visited IMA Durban where they facilitated the Lifestyle Advisors Workshop.
04 April 2016
Are you getting enough rest? Resting is one of Tibb’s Lifestyle Factors. When combined with meditation it not only relieves stress and anxiety, but also improves mood. There are other benefits as well: it can lower blood pressure, relieve pain, and improve our immune and cardiovascular systems.
17 March 2016
One more year of commitment to improving Community Health
After the successful approval by the City of Johannesburg Health Promotion Manager of the role of Tibb Lifestyle factors in health promotion and in strengthening Community Oriented Primary Care, the Tibb Institute resolved to invest another year in taking Tibb to the City’s primary health care sector in the city’s regions.
Last year the Allied-Tibb partnership which was in its first year of inception successfully trained as Tibb Lifestyle Advisors over 287 Community Health workers serving in civil society communities as well as in the Department of Health’s Ward Based Outreach Teams.
16 March 2016
On the 2nd March 2016 Prof Rashid Bhikha, and Ms Sabera Asmal, Chairperson of the Islamic Medical Association KZN Branch officially signed an extension of their collaboration, in support of lifestyle advisory to the community for 2016. The Institute has a long standing relationship of around six years offering support to the IMA Clinics in KZN, including educational materials, equipment, information, uniforms and salaries.
14 March 2016
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb conducted a half day workshop on the 9th of March 2016, facilitated by Prof Rashid Bhikha and Dr Joy Saville, on the individual approach to healthy living for social workers and counselors based at the Magaliesburg Rehabilitation Centre caring for patients suffering from substance abuse. This workshop provides an introduction to the main concepts of Tibb.
08 March 2016
Dr Yumna Mayet, qualified Tibb Practitioner, of the College of Cape Town, brought a group of 18 nursing students from Carlsund College in Motala, Sweden, to visit the Tibb Treatment Centre to have a look at how complementary practitioners operate in South Africa. They received an introduction to Tibb and the Tibb Treatment Centres by Christo Scheepers, the clinic administrator. Dr Yumna Abrahams gave them more in-depth information about the concepts and philosophy of Tibb while Dr Ayesha Fakir performed some practical cupping demonstrations.
23 February 2016
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb in association with Allied Health Communities Network, hosted a third Lifestyle Advisors training for the City of Johannesburg’s health promoters that are stationed in the various clinics in region D (Soweto)on the 15th and 16th of February 2016. The training to the Clinic Health Promoters provided them with insights into the Tibb approach of lifestyle in health promotion and in the management of both acute and chronic illness conditions. This training was subsequent to the second training of the Lifestyle Advisors programme during October/November 2015 during which 137 Ward Based Community Healthcare Workers were trained. These Ward Based Community Healthcare Workers are affiliated to the different clinics.
02 February 2016
Stress is a disagreeable experience we all share at some time or other. It’s part of our everyday life in South Africa. Chronic unrelenting stress, however, can have a detrimental effect on our health. For example it reduces our ability to ward off infections, and can lead to body weight gain. It can also aggravate existing ailments like sleeping difficulties, heart disorders, high blood pressure, and even certain nervous maladies. Tibb explains what stress is, and offers practical advice on how to deal with it.
28 January 2016
Describes the four main tissues of the body, namely, epithelial, muscular, connective and nervous tissues. The structure and functioning of the tissues work harmoniously with the organs when the ideal qualitative state is in sync with the temperament of the individual.
22 January 2016
Cancer is one of the prime causes of poor health and premature death in South Africa. The conventional routes to eradicating the cancer, whether by chemotherapy, radiation or surgery are, alas, highly prone to severe side effects which often have a devastating impact on the victim’s quality of life. Unfortunately little importance is attached to natural ways of avoiding and treating cancer. Learn about Tibb’s take on this highly important healthcare issue.
An inflammatory skin disorder causing itchy, irritated patches of skin affecting all ages. According to Tibb, acne is caused by excess qualities of heat in the body, an increase of hormonal production during adolescence, stimulates excess sebum clogging pores. Bilious/Sanguinous temperamental combinations, with an overall heat dominant temperamental quality are more susceptible especially when following unsuitable lifestyle increasing excess heat. Tibb recommends, following lifestyle factors, especially diet, associated with qualities linked to coldness with moistness/dryness to counter the excess heating qualities.