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 in November 2016.
Tibb practitioner, Dr James Suteka, supervised Tazwin during his 4 week elective introducing him to Tibb. Tazwin learned about temperaments, the benefits and application of cupping therapy and the importance of Tibb lifestyle advising in managing patients.
Tazwin looks forward to integrative healthcare with the Tibb approach.
Tazwin Geldenhuis, enthusiastically shares his views on Tibb:
“Having never really been exposed to any alternative form of medicine, Tibb was a first for me. Before my elective I was under the impression that alternative medicine and conventional medicine were two polar opposite versions of medicine. However this was not the case. The medication and the philosophy may differ but there lies a strong underlying similarity between the two. This likeness can be attributed to the shared origin of medicine as a whole.
In my four weeks rotating between Tibb treatment centres in Langa and Saartjie Baartman. I have come to learn about the management and treatment of patients in Tibb. The approach to patients is an outstanding feature in Tibb. Patients are classed within four categories based on their physical features as well as their personality. Namely the muscular and cheerful sanguineous, the fat and bashful phlegmatic, the lean and short-tempered bilious and the skinny and anxious melancholic. I am personally categorized as having a sanguineous dominant temperament with a phlegmatic subdominant temperament. From this information we can ascertain health risk factors.
I came across some sceptics that do not trust conventional medicine, those who felt they had been let down by the system. However, the majority of patients I had come across rely on both conventional therapy as well as Tibb as a form of complementary treatment and are referred accordingly.
Patients feel comfortable receiving medical treatment at Tibb which may sometimes include getting massage therapy or cupping therapy, in a quiet, calming and serine environment. In fact there are patients who would rather book for massage therapy or cupping therapy at a Tibb treatment centre than a spa due to the both the high quality of care and affordability.
I have also learned that Tibb prides itself in its holistic management of its patients. This often includes diet, physical exercise, sleep, elimination etc. Where dispensation of medication may be limited, Tibb makes up for by actively listening to the patients’ needs and working around obstacles. Tibb offers an affordable and functioning health system which may offer relief to the governmental health system that is overburdened and understaffed.”
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.
These participants, Health Promoters and Team Leaders, are based in clinics in the various regions of the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Health. Included as speakers at this ceremony was Ms Jabulile Rakosa (Director: DHS unit) who graciously opened up the proceedings, Ms Sara Daas (Deputy Director COJ) the programme director, and Mr Tebogo Motsepe (RHDD region C) who offered a vote of thanks to the participants, Prof Rashid Bhikha and Mr Alcon Dube. Mr Peter Mphahlele, a health promoter based in region C, who also presented a short speech, commented that “…temperament is a turning point in how we offer health advice. It is no longer generic.
Health education is now specific according to the temperament of the person…”. The Institute of Tibb is excited about and welcomes the growing partnerships between the City of Johanessburg and Allied Communities Network to create better health for all South Africans.
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.
Professor Rashid Bhikha conducted his presentation on the “Treatment of humoral imbalances at a cellular/sub-cellular level” during the opening session of the conference. The presentation is based on research conducted on identifying and eliminating the excess/abnormal humours using herbal infusions and where necessary other therapeutic interventions such as cupping and massage therapy, thereby restoring homeostasis. In addition special emphasis was placed on the elimination of excess/abnormal humours via the colon and the kidneys.
In addition to Prof Rashid Bhikha’s presentation, he received an award for his contribution to Unani medicine. He is deemed the “Hippocrates of Unani-Tibb in South Africa”.
Congratulations to Prof Rashid Bhikha on receiving this auspicious and well-deserved award.
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.
Please read their feedback below:
Our short time at both Tibb Treatment Centres were very enriching, we have been shown the different aspects of the medical field and have learnt what it means to be a part of an institution which aids it community with the medical services it provides. We were privileged enough to receive a tour of the SBCWC (shelter for abused women and children on the same premises) and were given the opportunity to sit in on medical consults with the permission of the patients. We were tasked with packaging of medication and during our breaks we interacted with the members of the community, an example of this would be engaging in sports to entertain the children that have accompanied their parents to the consultations. We have learnt useful medical skills that could be applied in everyday life. We also helped with the handing out of information booklets to educate the public. Thus we would like to thank the members of Tibb for this opportunity.
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.
The theme this year was based on the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023 which aims to see traditional systems of medicine back into the mainstream of primary healthcare. Tibb is ideally suited to partner with African Traditional Medicine and Western Conventional Medicine and serve as a bridge between these disciplines of medicine.
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. This event is held by various ATM associations across South Africa prior to the collective ATM celebration hosted on the 31st of August each year.
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 to help students thrive and succeed from a holistic perspective. This was in line with national Women’s Day that took place during this week. The event was attended by 30 female students.
Student counselling programmes at CPUT focus on holistic wellness in various dimensions which is in line with Tibb philosophy of dealing with people individually and holistically. Dr Rusqua Salasa, one of the Tibb Practitioners at the Tibb Treatment Centres, presented to the students on Healthy Living and how to approach it from a Tibb perspective. She focused on the three main concepts of Tibb, namely physis, temperaments and lifestyle factors. Her integration of CPUT’s self-care focus on women with Tibb philosophy was very good and informative, leaving the students with some valuable guidelines on how to care for themselves and their health during the stressful student years.
The focus of the event was to promote self-confidence, self-esteem and encouraging self-care in the female students. What better way to do this than to help students understand healthy living principles in order for them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, empowering them to take care of themselves.
Gift bags were sponsored by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb to all the students and lecturers attending, providing them with some valuable follow-up information to guide their healthy living.
It has been a privilege for Tibb to be part of this event and working together with CPUT in offering some healthy living guidelines to a generation of students dealing with so many pressures, concerns and stresses that were not there in the past. The encouragement of healthy living from a natural perspective has always been a passion for the Tibb Institute.
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.
Electives are short periods in which medical students are required to spend time within a medical setting where the students are given an opportunity to work under the supervision and be mentored by qualified registered practitioners.
These students felt the need to broaden their capabilities as future doctors and consider future healthcare from an integrative perspective by observing Tibb practitioners and learning about Tibb medicine. The current medical curriculum does not provide lectures on alternative forms of healing.
At the Tibb Treatment Centre, student doctors were encouraged to participate in case discussions which provided an interactive platform between Tibb practitioners and student doctors after completion of supervised consults.
Collaborative healthcare is one of the objectives of the Institute. Assisting medical students in completing their elective has made them aware of Tibb being as an ideal partner in Integrative Medicine. Below is the feedback from two of the students.
My short time spent working at the Tibb clinics has dramatically changed my opinion on Tibb, in the sense that I had no opinion on it at all before. I had never heard of it before my elective but I am generally quite sceptical about alternative forms of medicine because as a medical student I am taught, to look for scientific evidence and trust that and that alone.
After reading up on the basic principles of Tibb (Physis, temperament, etc.) and seeing how accurate it can be in practice, I can honestly say that this experience has taught me concepts that I will hold long into my career as a medical practitioner. Conventional medicine looks at curing symptoms, whereas Tibb looks at making one healthy (in every sense/state) which If you think about it should really be the aim of anyone practising any form of medicine.
If I take away only one thing from this experience it will be a quote by Hippocrates (one of the founding fathers of Tibb) that I came across while reading where he says; “It is more important to know what sort of a person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has.”
As a fifth year medical student, patients and allied healthcare workers could assume we know about all kinds of treatments and alternative forms of health care. This is unfortunately not true, as we do not get any formal training or lectures regarding non-medical or non-surgical forms of treatment. I went into these 4 weeks with an open mind and excited to learn about alternative methods of treatment.
The four weeks of my elective spent with Dr Salasa was an amazing 4 weeks for me. I spent the entire first week reading all the books Dr Abrahams gave me because I was so fascinated by the concepts within alternative/natural medicine and wanted to know everything about it. I knew very early on in my elective that I want to incorporate Tibb medicine into my practice as a medical practitioner.
I believe the concepts that govern Tibb medicine; that the aspects of illness are far more than just pathology of a particular organ due to an external cause, but has so much to do with ones psyche and emotional state. Conventional medicine does not always recognise this as it needs evidence for the cause of every illness and treatment in order to practice evidence based medicine. This does of course have its place in healthcare as the common goal is the best treatment and outcome for the patient.
Since spending time in this clinic, I have been so aware of my own eating habits, exercising and general health. Personally, I feel all health practitioners should do a course on Tibb medicine and the benefits and mechanisms of natural forms of treatment and the beneficial aspects and toxic potential of food. What stood out for me in the book Traditional Roots of Medicine in Modern Routes to Health was that conventional medicine aims to manage chronic diseases, where Tibb medicine aims to cure disease and manage health. Tibb doctors and conventional medical doctors should be working alongside one another as this will definitely assist in the management of the health of our patients and the treatment/cure of chronic illnesses that affect so many individuals in our community.
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.
Umar Allie, a grade 8 learner from Claremont High School, completed his 6 hours of community service with the Tibb Treatment Centre. He was given numerous administrative duties from filing to pamphlet preparation to assisting in the dispensary.
It was a pleasure having this pleasant young man in the centre and we believe he will make a huge success of the world of work once he enter the job market later in his life.
Community service is seen by numerous high schools as crucial in the development of the learner into the adult he or she is meant to become and it provides valuable skills to the learner. Even more important is the fact that this interaction within a working environment opens the learner to the real world and prepares them for what lies ahead after school and studies.
The Tibb Treatment Centres are always open to assist the community in whatever way possible and by assisting learners in this way, is in line with the holistic approach followed by Tibb Practitioners in that it is developing a person not only in physical health, but also in social interaction and work related duties. Having a grade 8 learner in the centre is the first step in helping young people realise that the working environment can be stressful, yet by having the necessary coping mechanisms to deal with it, is the first step towards holistic health.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb hosted front shop assistants from Khuya Health in Tembisa. The 2 day workshop comprised of an introduction to the Tibb philosophy, focused on health promotion and illness management using the Tibb Lifestyle Factors. The workshops are in line with the objectives of the Institute of Tibb to empower communities and providing better health for all South Africans.
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. Dr Pedzisai together with Prof Bhikha will critically evaluate the accuracy of Ibn Sina’s anatomy as well as focus on his philosophical approach regarding the purpose of how and why the different organs and structures exist in their present form. The research review will include the following topics: The spine; Brain and sense organs; Cardiorespiratory system; Speech apparatus; Musculoskeletal system; Vascular system; Digestive system and accessory organs; Urinary and reproductive organs; and Spleen. In addition to the research focusing on the accuracy of Ibn Sina’s anatomy as compared to the current understanding of anatomical structures, the research will also interpret anatomy within the context of the temperamental theory which recognizes that every tissue/organ has been created with an ideal temperament and structure, for optimum functioning.
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. The participants’ feedback was very positive with comments which included “informative” and “life changing”.
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. The participants were excited about the flyers that would be made available to them after the workshop, as they felt it would assist in communicating the message of health more effectively. One of the comments received included “feeling enlightened about providing clients with a unique approach to keeping healthy”.
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. The group thoroughly enjoyed the Tibb perspective to health promotion and disease management calling it “an eye opening experience”.
On the 6th of April 2016, Dr Joy Saville facilitated the Lifestyle Advisors Workshop for health promoters of the City of Johannesburg region F. This workshop has two primary objectives; Advise patients on health promotion according to the six lifestyle factors based on the patient’s individual temperament; and secondly advising patients on lifestyle changes in the management of various illness conditions including Hypertension, Diabetes, HIV & AIDS and TB. The Tibb philosophical principles are implemented in the health education talks by the health promoters at their various clinics around region F. The Tibb Institute has also made flyers available to support the information offered to patients during the talks.
On the 17th of March 2016, Dr Joy Saville and Ruvey Roets, visited IMA Durban where they facilitated the Lifestyle Advisors Workshop. This workshop has two primary objectives:
For some, this course reinforced the knowledge that they have acquired previously from workshops run by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, whereas for others this was their first encounter with the Tibb principles and philosophies. The participants have various backgrounds in healthcare which included Tibb Health educators, nursing sisters, and social workers.
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.
This benevolent intervention through a community Lifestyle mentor programme resulted in the creation of 75 wellness centres in Soweto’s selected NGOs resulting in remarkable recognition of the initiative by the City of Johannesburg Health Promotion department in the region.
The Institute has renewed their implementation agreement with Allied Communities Network for another year. The second phase of the project, which will run from February 2016 to February 2017, was formalized on the 3rd March 2016 at the Tibb office in Roodepoort.
The second phase of the project aims to extend the fight against diseases of lifestyle and other common diseases to the city’s clinics through the training and sustained support of health promoters in the city’s regional clinics using additional alternative strategies such as the role of Tibb Lifestyle Factors in health promotion and illness management.
Among other outcomes, the project will:
Already twenty health promoters from thirteen of the fifteen clinics in City of Johannesburg region D (Soweto) have undergone the two-day lifestyle advisor training course delivered and funded by the Institute. The training has been well embraced by the participants resulting in the deployment of information literature and stands in the clinics for use by health promoters as well as a partnership between the partnership’s Evaluation Mentoring and Reporting Officers (EMROs) and health promoters in the clinics.
As a result of the above success the City of Johannesburg has requested more training for other regional health promoters. Region C is next in line.
The Allied Communities Network Continues to coordinate this intervention and monitor the trajectory in terms of mutual outcomes –benefiting the communities and stakeholder interests in promoting a better life for all.
The intervention is aligned to all four strategic objectives of the National Strategic Health Plan; SO 1. Addressing Social and structural drivers of HIV/TB prevention, care and impact.
SO 2. Preventing new HIV, STI and TB Infections
SO 3. Sustaining Health and wellness
SO4. Ensuring protection of human rights and improving access to justice
The NSP further recognises that targeted, evidence-based combination prevention interventions are needed. Combination prevention recognises that no single prevention intervention can adequately address the HIV and TB epidemics. Rather a combination of structural, biomedical and behavioural approaches, together are likely to have the greatest impact on reducing the likelihood of transmission and mitigating individuals’ susceptibility and vulnerability to acquiring new infections.
This is the rationale for exploring the effectiveness of Tibb evidence based interventions in the panacea. The project is aiming at reaching at least all the health promoters in city’s regional clinics by close up. Availability of resources and mutual mileage in stakeholders’ commitment to the target will also be a determinant factor of the success of this intervention.
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.
In partnership with IMA, the Institute sponsors four trained Tibb Lifestyle Advisors in clinics situated in Marian Hill and Malugazi, where Thabisile Radebe and Zilungile Ncwane are based. Nokuthula Shozi is actively involved in the mobile clinic which operates primarily in the Inchanga area. A fourth Lifestyle Advisors Nomathemba Shozi is based at the RK Khan hospital.
The Lifestyle Advisors devote their time to educate the community on the Tibb lifestyle factors in healthy living and in the management and treatment of acute and chronic conditions such as, Hypertension, Diabetes, HIV & AIDS and Tuberculosis. In addition to the more than 50 patients in the clinics obtaining healthy living advice, Sister Honey Allee who oversees the clinics brought to our attention the impact that the Lifestyle Advisor at the RK Khan hospital has made with respect to the ensuring that patients with TB and HIV & AIDS are regularly attending the hospitals monthly programmes.
In addition, the Institute will provide training to 15 prospective Lifestyle Advisors including a review to the already established four Lifestyle Advisors on the 17th of March 2016. The training will be managed by Dr Joy Saville and facilitated by Ruvey Roets, at the Baytul Nur Conference Centre in KZN.
IMA has also recently employed a social worker, Sfiso Ntuli, to assist in other areas of the programme. He will also be joining the training conducted on the 17th of March.
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. One of the main objective of the workshop was is to provide the participants with a comprehensive n understanding of temperament. Temperament describes the uniqueness of the individual and gives the healthcare professional insight into the predisposition and possible recovery from drug addiction that can be incorporated into the daily therapeutic sessions offered by counselors and social workers.
This workshop was a follow up to the research that was conducted by Dr Christo Scheepers and supervised by Prof Rashid Bhikha at the Sultan Bahu Rehabilitation Centre in Cape Town entitled “The influence of temperament on the predisposition to and recovery from substance use disorders from the Tibb perspective”.
The Institute of Tibb hopes to partner with these organizations in an effort to reduce the burden of drug addiction and relapse, and the ever increasing prevalence of addiction to prescription medication. Discussions into future probable research studies have commenced to help uncover and better understand the complex nature of drug addiction and relapse. It is our desire to provide insight into how we can relinquish the hold that substance abuse is having on our society.
A group of 18 nursing students from Carlsund College in Motala, Sweden, is in South Africa as part of an exchange programme with the College of Cape Town. Dr Yumna Mayet, a qualified Tibb Practitioner, from the College of Cape Town, brought these students 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 after the group was divided into smaller groups.
They found the presentations informative and were interested in the Tibb philosophy, but the cupping demonstrations were the highlight. The students were not familiar with cupping and found this procedure, for which Tibb Practitioners are known for, very fascinating.
Cupping is a therapeutic procedure used since ancient times to facilitate healing and restoration of balance in the body. Cupping draws blood to an area bringing oxygen and nutrients to the area while toxins, impurities, pain and inflammation are drawn away from deeper tissues and organs to eliminate it.
Tibb Practitioners apply the cups with a vacuum pump in order to control the strength of the vacuum that is created on the skin. There are certain contra-indications to cupping so a consultation with a Tibb Practitioner will always precede the use of this therapeutic procedure.
It has been a privilege having the students visit the Tibb Treatment Centres where we always enjoy hosting students and educating people on what Tibb has to offer in order for people to take responsibility for their own health and live a life of wellness.
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.
The Tibb Lifestyle Advisors Programme was initially rolled out during June and September 2015 to more than 130 Community Based Healthcare Workers which resulted in the establishment of seventy five (75) Wellness Desks in health related Non-Governmental Organizations operating in Soweto.
The training of the Clinic Health Promoters from 13 clinics in Soweto will ensure that the activities of the Lifestyle Advisors in the seventy five (75) wellness desks as well as the Ward Based Community Healthcare Workers all have the same understanding of the Tibb philosophy in health promotion and illness management. This training will convey the same message on healthy lifestyle as well as in the management of the various illness conditions which include Diabetes, Hypertension, HIV & AIDS, TB, Colds & Flu, and Asthma etc.
Every year the Tibb treatment centre receive applications from Stellenbosch medical students to come and do their elective in Alternative and Complementary medicine. Haaniem Keraan, 4th year Stellenbosch medical student decided to embark on this opportunity.
Medical student, Haaniem considers herself to be an open minded person and would like to explore all avenues of CAM, which she believes is the way forward to creating healthcare that will benefit patients.
In her four week elective, Haaniem was supervised by Tibb practitioner, Dr Ayesha Fakir at the Tibb Treatment Centres. This opportunity allowed her to explore and understand some of the philosophy and principles from a Tibb perspective in managing patients.
Haaniem Keraan shares her view on Tibb
My Thoughts on Tibb Coming from a family who are accustomed to using natural remedies in everyday life, it was important to me to make sure that I understood Tibb philosophy on healthcare as well as to understand the procedures related to Tibb. Hence, over the last four weeks, I’ve been immersed in the world of Tibb Herbal Medicine.
“It is better to know what type of person has a disease instead of what disease a person has.”- Hippocrates
The above quote is part of the philosophy of Tibb. It appealed to me as I always complain about people not getting to know me before giving advice. The truth is anyone would be more open to receiving lifestyle advice if it were coming from a person who we thought understood our personality.
An important principle of Tibb is that of Physis, which is the wisdom that the body possesses and that it uses to heal itself. Tibb practitioners aid the body in carrying out this function. They try to see the root of the problem so that the problem may not recur in future.
It was refreshing to see Tibb doctors help patients to express their emotions. They make their patients feel safe and comfortable enough to express their deepest fears. This is a facet of the human being although recognized as a cause of certain conditions is too often neglected. This allows the patient to feel better before the doctor even touches the patient.
If proof is what I was looking for then I definitely found it through the testimony of multiple patients. Patients reported instant relief from aches and pains after a mere 15 minutes of Cupping. Patients reported pain relief and better sleeping habits with the herbal tea infusions. In short, the treatments are working and they are working well. These testimonies were enough for me to refer my family members to the clinic for treatment.
The Tibb doctors that I came into contact with and the philosophy of health all encompass my definition of a good doctor and I will strive to implement the lessons that I have learnt during this elective in my own practice in future. In my humble opinion, there is definitely a place for natural medicine doctors in equal ranking to conventional medicine doctors. Like doctor Fakir says, we can learn from each other.
The Tibb Treatment Centres in Cape Town had the annual year-end function on 27 November 2015. Every year the staff members go somewhere to eat out, but this year a different approach was followed and a spitbraai was held at the premises of the Tibb Treatment Centre (Saartjie Baartman Centre) in Surrey Estate.
The event was attended by all the staff members from both Tibb clinics in Cape Town as well as Linda, one of the researchers. The Tibb CEO, Professor and Mrs Bhikha also attended. Dr Joy Saville, from Johannesburg, as well as other South African Tibb Association (SATA) exco members also joined in the fun.
Every person had to wear a wig or fancy hat to increase the fun and after democratic voting, Firdous Schippers was awarded the prize for the best wig and Christo Scheepers the prize for the best hat. As the clinic administrator he wore a small hat looking like Laurel and Hardy and tried his best to be serious and thanking all the staff for their hard work during the year while wearing the funny hat. Prof Bhikha continued thanking all the staff members and brought everyone up to date with all the wonderful work the Tibb Institute is involved in.
The year-end function was different than usual, but turned out to be a fun-filled day with excellent food.
The Tibb Treatment Centres were represented at the women empowerment event of the Department of Social Development and the City of Cape Town on 24 November 2015 at the Lentegeur Civic Centre in Mitchells Plain as part of the 16 days of activism. The theme of the day was Dignity in mental and physical health and since Tibb is a holistic approach to natural healthcare, it was represented at the function. Christo A. Scheepers (clinic administrator) and Dr Raeesah Hassan (Tibb practitioner) presented on The Tibb approach to holistic health.
The function was well attended by about 300 women. It is always a privilege to be involved with these events and to observe the lively interaction of the attendees.
Christo touched on the principles of physis, the body’s own natural healing ability, temperament and an introduction to the six lifestyle factors and Raeesah spoke on the mind-body interaction. Tibb is known for the fact that it is a holistic approach to healthcare, because it believes that various dimensions (spiritual, mental, emotional, physical) are involved in illness conditions and that illness does not only affect one separate part of the body, but the body as a whole (all bodily systems are interlinked and involved). Furthermore, Tibb recognises that every person should be treated individually as a person and not as an illness condition, increasing the dignity in holistic healthcare.
When individuals are empowered with this knowledge, they can take responsibility for their own health in order to adjust their lifestyles positively to enhance health and wellness. Women need to be empowered with knowledge, as do men, in order to take responsibility for their own health realising that they have to look after the only bodies they have.
LIFESTYLE ADVISORS SOWETO-Chiawelo, 20 November 2015 – 137 Ward Based Outreach Teams (WBOT), Community Health Workers (CHW) and Traditional Health Practitioners graduate as Tibb Lifestyle Advisors at Chiawelo Community Centre.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Councilors from the different Wards in Region D (Soweto), representatives from the Chiawelo Community Health Center, Allied Communities Network, Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, Soweto TV and other media.
Having successfully trained over 152 NGO based Community Health Workers from 75 organisations and implemented 75 Community Wellness Centres in Soweto, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb and Allied Communities Network partnership intervention has received recognition from stakeholders in the health sector.
The Johannesburg-Wits Family Medicine/ Wonca Africa embraced the initiative by requesting the extension of this programme to WBOT at Chiawelo Community Practice in ward 11.
The Allied-Tibb Health Promotion and Wellness programme launched the five training sessions between the 7th October and the 18th of November 2015, culminating in the successful completion of the Lifestyle Advisor course by over 136 CHWs, WBOT and Traditional Health Care Practitioners.
The training empowers CHWs and traditional health practitioners with knowledge and lifestyle techniques that, in addition to sharing health promotion information and education with community members on day-to-day interactions, enable them to impart practical techniques for understanding and dealing with individual health problems.
The objective of this community oriented primary care initiative is to provide a pre-PHC individually driven preventative and curative intervention designed to reduce the health bill by empowering individuals to understand their own health problems and to successfully deal with them. The head of Chiawelo Community Practice (CCP), Dr Shabir Moosa said the content of the course was pivotal in helping the community understand PHC in general.
The course is a practical tool kit for the teams that provides practical techniques that can be successfully implemented by community members. The graduates will be able to advise and educate community members on adopting lifestyles for total wellness and in the treatment of diseases of lifestyle such as hypertension, diabetes and TB.
This graduation brings the total number of trained Lifestyle advisors to 289 since the launch of this initiative seven months ago. The training is funded by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb a Roodepoort based non-profit and coordinated by Allied Communities Network a Soweto based non-profit organisation. Following the success of this initiative, plans are at an advanced stage to extend this two-day course to all health promoters in the City of Johannesburg’s region D clinics Soweto residents are urged to make use of CHWs at the clinics and in their wards for advice on health and lifestyle issues affecting their day-to-day lives.
For information on how to access Wellness Centres in their locality, community members are advised to call the Allied office direct on 011-079-4058 Monday to Friday during office hours.
Every year World Diabetes day is globally celebrated on 14th November to raise awareness of the growing pandemic known as Diabetes. On the 13th of November 2015, Tibb Treatment Centres based in Surrey estate and Langa dedicated time to create awareness of Diabetes by focussing on the Tibb lifestyle factors.
According to global statistics about 80% of diabetes deaths can be accounted within the low and middle income population groups (1,3). Other reports recorded over 1, 5 million diabetes deaths as from 2012 and according to World Health Organization, it estimates Diabetes to be amongst the top 7 causes of death by the year 2030 (2,3). This can be prevented if we make the necessary changes and have healthier lifestyles.
To raise awareness, the Tibb Treatment Centres focussed on screening and educating the community about the signs and symptoms, risks, managing and preventing Diabetes. Significance of the 6 Tibb lifestyle factors: Diet- food and drink, Emotions, Movement and Rest, Sleep and Wakefulness, Digestion and Elimination, Air and Breathing were emphasized by promoting healthier lifestyle choices based on the individual’s current health state.
A group of Home based carers on training at the Saartjie Baartman Centre also attended the health day and expressed their gratitude to Tibb practitioners for dedicating time to empower the community. By educating the community it will hopefully lower and prevent health risks associated with chronic illnesses such as Diabetes.
The patients appreciated the time spent with them and learnt new and interesting ways of using culinary herbs and spices to complement a healthy lifestyle for Diabetic patients. Tibb flyers were available to take home which focussed on healthy living, diabetes and dietary guidelines along with a 2016 Tibb Lifestyle calendar which they could share with family members and help plan a healthier 2016.
Tibb Treatment Centres will continue to focus on more health days which will empower our local communities on management and prevention of chronic illnesses.
Dr Ayesha Fakir returned to the Tibb Treatment Centre in October 2015 after 6 years to pursue her passion as being a Tibb Practitioner.
She is proud to be one of the first Tibb graduates in 2007 from the University of the Western Cape where she completed a BSc (Bachelor in Complementary Health Science) 2005 followed by a BCM. UTM degree (Bachelor of Complementary Medicine in Unani Tibb Medicine) in 2007 from the School of Natural Medicine at UWC.
On completion of her studies she entered into the Junior doctor programme at The Tibb Treatment Centre in 2008. This programme allow Tibb graduates to gain the necessary clinical exposure and confidence required in becoming competent Tibb practitioners.
She continued to work at the Tibb Treatment Centres until 2009 and then joined the academic world by becoming a Tibb lecturer at UWC for 4 years. Since then she has become a wife and a mother of two beautiful children and has enjoyed every single moment learning about the development of her children.
Dr Ayesha Fakir believes that as Tibb practitioners we can create greater awareness about alternative medicine and therapies in South Africa and strive to promote a healthier South Africa.
SOWETO-Chiawelo, 07 October 2015 – After the successful training of over 152 Community Health Workers (CHWs) and implementation of the community Lifestyle mentor programme that has resulted in the creation of 75 wellness centres in Soweto’s selected NGOs, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb and Allied Communities Network partnership has received recognition from stakeholders in the health sector.
The Johannesburg-Wits Family Medicine/ Wonca Africa has embraced the initiative by requesting the training of the Ward based Outreach Teams (WABOT) at the clinics.
The Allied-Tibb Health Promotion and Wellness programme launched the first session at Chiawelo Clinic in Soweto. The training empowers CHWs with knowledge and lifestyle techniques that enable them not only to share health promotion information and education, but to give practical techniques to community members in dealing with their individual health problems before they even enter the PHC system.
Over 120 Community Health Workers from various Ward-Clinics will have acquired Lifestyle Advisor skills and will be a great assert in the management of diseases of lifestyle in the community including HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, diabetes and TB, by the 29 of October-the last day of the four sessions. Dr Moosa of the Johannesburg Wits Family Medicine exclaimed, “I like it, this will help us achieve our goal as family physicians, the striking element is the nutritional education content embedded in the short course”.
Dr Moosa also said the content of the course played a larger part in helping the community understand PHC in general. The practical components of this short course distinguishes it from all other courses rendered to this caliber of community teams as it provides practical techniques that can be used successfully by any member of the community.
Participants will be able to advise and educate community members on adopting lifestyles for total wellness and in the treatment of diseases of lifestyle such as hypertension, diabetes and TB and in prolonging life using the Tibb philosophy.
Mr. Alcon Dube, president of Allied Communities Network remarked at the start of the training “We are indebted to the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb that has opened our eyes to realise that our people have power to own their health and be able to deal with their health problems. I am excited by local government support of the programme and this should enhance sustainability of this programme and bring the government to the party in funding this initiative beyond the seed support by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb”.
After the first two day training, one of the beneficiaries at Chiawelo Clinic Gundo, who is coordinator for WABOT, commented “I now know how to take care of myself, visiting a clinic is about to be a thing of the past”. “I have never heard of anything like this, I need more material to use at my clinic”, exclaimed Lungile Xaba, health promoter at Zola Clinic in Soweto.
After completion of the training on the 29th October, Soweto residents will be urged to make use of CHWs at the clinics and in their wards for advice on health and lifestyle issues affecting their day-to-day lives.
The Tibb Treatment Centres in Cape Town had a teambuilding event on Friday, 9 October 2015, at their Saartjie Baartman Centre branch in Athlone. Tibb Philosophy is all about healthy living and encouraging wellness in individuals. In the light thereof a teambuilding event was organised in order to encourage staff wellness and motivation. All staff assisted in making it a success, showing organisations that the best teambuilding events are sometimes simply planned and not necessarily the most expensive ones.
The decision was made to close the Tibb Treatment Centres at 13:00 as always happens on Fridays, but instead of reopening at 13:45, the teambuilding event took place. All staff from the Langa branch came over to the Saartjie Baartman branch and a combined event took place.
It took on the form of a staff braai accompanied by physical and conversational activities. The objective was reached by getting to know each other a bit better, especially after numerous changes in staff took place during the past couple of months. It was also a time where Dr Anisha Allie could be send on maternity leave with a gift while welcoming Dr Ayesha Fakir and Dr Raeesah Hassen as well as Victoria Levalo and Mandisa Penxa unto the staff.
Teambuilding is necessary in organisations to uplift the morale of staff, but also to encourage interaction to know and understand each other better. The result of teambuilding is usually seen when the workforce treat each other with more courtesy in the workplace leading to a team being able to accomplish much more. Most of all, teambuilding should be fun and get the staff to laugh together and to just enjoy life, thus increasing wellness in the workplace.
A big thank you to all the staff that contributed to make this day a success.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb hosted a two day CPD congress at the Capetonian hotel titled “Managing pathological processes associated with humoral imbalances” at the end of September 2015. The congress was offered to all registered medical practitioners of the HPCSA and AHCSA. The material was compiled by Dr Joy Saville and Professor Rashid Bhikha. Professor Bhikha, Dr’s Yumna Abrahams, Mujeeb Hoosen, Anisha Allie and Beatrice Mukarwego co-presented over the two days.
This congress briefly described the main concepts in Tibb including Physis, temperament, humours and lifestyle factors and their inter-relationship. The humoral theory was revisited and expanded upon especially in relation to pathological processes. Normal and abnormal humoral states were discussed in detail with consideration given to qualitative and quantitative imbalances.
Eight bodily systems were described according to the philosophy of Tibb including their temperament and their predisposition to qualitative or humoral excesses/abnormalities. The pathophysiology of 18 illness conditions were interpreted according to the philosophy of Tibb.
Research conducted at the Tibb Treatment Centre on evaluating the impact of eliminating humoral imbalances with herbal treatment was presented by the clinical supervisor, Dr Abrahams. The interim results of the research which began in May 2015 targeted an approach aimed at restoring humoral imbalances at a cellular and sub-cellular level. The results of this research project were significant with resolution of long-standing illness conditions occurring within days of treatment. This pilot study had a small sample size, but the results look very promising and research will continue in this area. The research will be completed in April 2016.
Tihesha Norman, a Grade 9 pupil from Heideveld High School, approached the Tibb Medical Centres offering to do some volunteer work for the organisation as part of her Life Orientation subject practical. She unsuccessfully approached various organisations. When she approached Tibb, her offer was gladly accepted and she joined the Tibb Medical Centre team for two days in September 2015 where she assisted with some administrative duties. It has been a privilege working with her and observing her excellent work ethic.
At the Tibb Medical Centres where up to 2500 patients are seen monthly, there is always lots to do and Tihesha’s assistance was greatly appreciated.
A new filing system is being implemented and many of the older files are being archived. This is quite a process and one of the major concerns during this process, is to find patient folders when one of these patients should return to be seen by a practitioner. Tihesha assisted by putting hundreds of files in account number sequential order, making it easier for reception to find a specific patient file. She hugely assisted to smooth out operations.
It is always a privilege working with learners and to see their eagerness and willingness to learn. Giving learners the opportunity to do voluntary work within the community is also an excellent way for them to get exposure to the real life of work and business, which is part of their preparation to be ready to enter the job market when leaving school and university.
Tihesha is a very pleasant person, always friendly with a beautiful smile who really stood out as somebody than can work independently with minimum supervision while delivering very accurate work.
Dr Raeesah Hassan joined the Tibb Medical Centres in September 2015 for a period of four months as junior doctor in order to gain practical and clinical experience.
She qualified as Tibb Practitioner in 2012 with a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine degree from the University of the Western Cape specialising in Unani-Tibb Medicine. This speciality degree is preceded by a Bachelor of Science degree in Complementary Health Sciences.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb offers these graduates the opportunity to work in the Tibb Medical Centres in Cape Town for a period as junior doctors to gain practical experience in the form of a non-compulsory internship where they work under the supervision of experienced Tibb Practitioners. This is usually a valuable period in the lives of practitioners, not only since they gain the necessary practical and clinical experience, but also for the confidence it instils in them as practitioners.
Dr Hassan entered her own business, Empire Wellness Studios in Johannesburg, upon graduation and her decision to join the Tibb Medical Centres for a period to gain clinical experience and incorporate Tibb more prominently in her existing business, is a decision clearly showing her dedication to be successful within private practice. She is a Pilates Trainer and a master of mind-body empowerment.
As a result, she believes that when people are centred and connected, they are more open to wellness and lifestyle adjustments which is very much in line with Tibb philosophy. Her decision to put her business on hold for a few months is thus a decision in line with her own philosophy, namely to empower herself further in order to take the mind-body empowerment to the next level and she realised in order to do so she will need more clinical exposure.
Dr Hassan was recently married so her dedication to do this should be commended and we believe that her commitment will lead to her being a more effective Tibb Practitioner.
Tibb was part of the Khuseleka Model Launch held on 26 August 2015 at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC) in Athlone, Cape Town. Khuseleka is a Zulu word meaning to protect or to offer a protected environment.
The Khuseleka Model is an initiative launched by the SBCWC to make it a one-stop centre were abused women and children can receive the necessary help without having to leave the premises. As the Tibb Medical Centres are located on the same premises and also provides free natural healthcare services to the residents of the SBCWC, they did not only exhibit at the event, but also formed part of the tour of the premises where Tibb was introduced to many people not fully aware of what it has to offer.
The keynote address was done by Minister Albert Fritz, MEC of Social Development in the Western Cape. It was furthermore attended by numerous organisations like:
Shaheema McLeod, Director of SBCWC, gave a reflection of the past 16 years of the shelter and Rachel Peterson, one of the SBCWC employees and former resident in the shelter shared her heartfelt story about abuse and what the SBCWC meant to her on her road to recovery.
It is always a privilege to be pa<rt of such an initiative and to realise that because the Tibb Medical Centres are so well situation, it offers a valuable contribution even to an environment like this which is not directly in the medical field.
|B.Sc. Students from UWC
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• Mangaliso Xhamela
• Rhoda Deers
• Vuyisile Gqweta
Five third year B.Sc. students from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) visited the Tibb Medical Centre (Saartjie Baartman Centre) on Thursday. They are in their third year and have to make a decision as to which complementary modality to specialise in for the fourth and fifth year, which will determine the degree they will be enrolling for. They visited Tibb to observe what the profession is all about and hopefully we shall see them in the Tibb programme soon.
Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) Practitioners study a bit differently than the medical doctors who complete a six year M.B.Ch.B.-degree followed by their practical. CAM practitioners studying at UWC complete a three year B.Sc.(Complementary Health Sciences) degree and thereafter a two year speciality degree in Unani-Tibb, Phytotherapy, Naturopathy etc.
These third year B.Sc. students are at the crossroads needing to decide which of these areas to go into in order to specialise and qualified as such a practitioner.
It is always a privilege to be able to accommodate students at the Tibb Medical Centres showing them exactly what Tibb Practitioners do in order for them to make an informed decision about their futures.
Third and Fourth year students of UWC, School of Natural Medicine spend time observing clinical practice by our Senior Doctors. Fifth year Students, under the supervision of our Senior Doctors, consults with patients. Our Clinic is well suited for their clinical practice, as it is one of the few Clinics, who offers and practice only with Natural Medicine and alternative therapies i.e. massage and cupping.
Tibb Medical Centre, sees up to 2,000 patients per month, assists the students with ganining practical experience and completing their clinical hours, within our Clinics. Therefore, not only students, who are studying Tibb Medicine, but also students who are studying the other modulaties at the UWC, School of Natural Medicine, visits our clinic for clinical experience.
Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb was invited to speak at the Young Urban Women’s Project – a project of Wellness Foundation with support from Action Aid. “The Wellness Foundation, formerly known as The AIDS Response Trust, has been providing wellness services to organisations, community health care workers and secondary caregivers since 2001. Our mission is to mobilise and support individuals, organisations and communities through capacitating and empowering them to respond in a caring, creative and sustainable manner to the challenges they face. Our vision is to create a caring, inclusive and WELL society. We believe that wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and learning to make good choices that lead toward a longer and healthier existence.”
Dr Ferial De Jongh’s input on sexuality was well received by the group of almost 400 young women from all over the Cape Flats, i.e. Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Hanover Park, Manenberg, Elsies River, Bonteheuwel etc. The participants were from different cultures, religions and aged between 15 and 35 years old.
A Synopsis of her talk:
Sexuality is a lot more than satisfying a physical human need. Issues such as intimacy, sexual preference toward a specific gender, creating an emotional bond between two people as well as the purpose of procreation comes into play.
Being sexy is a state of being and this differs from person to person. Dr Ferial explored how sexuality is viewed holistically, from using the Temperament Theory which recognises each individual as a uniquely created being with his or her own purpose whilst also viewing the physical body from a mind, body and spirit perspective.
As a female goes through life, physical changes take place in her body. Societal influence has a major impact on our ideas of sexuality, but in her humble opinion she believes that sexuality starts from within. As a female she believes her femininity is her greatest strength.
Fana Bombakazi, an enrolled nurse spoke to the delegates, who were mostly xhosa speaking young women about healthy living and Caroline Davids assisted with the distribution of literature and speaking to delegates.
On the 13th June, close to a hundred community based healthcare workers graduated as Tibb Lifestyle Advisors at the YMCA community hall in Soweto. This was indeed a day of celebration for the successful candidates, the directors of Allied Communities Network and members of the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb. The event was the culmination of a training programme of project and programme officers from 84 selected community organisations in Soweto. The training that commenced at the Careers Centre in Diepkloof on the 13th April 2015, was funded by the Institute and coordinated by Allied Communities Network.
Ninety seven (97), Lifestyle Advisors from seventy five (75) community organisations successfully completed the programme. The Tibb Lifestyle Advisors will be able to advise and educate community members on adopting lifestyles changes in health promotion and in the management of illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, HIV & AIDS and asthma using the Tibb philosophy.
Seventy five wellness desks will be opened, where community members can walk in for advice on health promotion and in the management of chronic illness conditions, free of cost. The activities of the Lifestyle Advisors are supported with educational material printed in all the key South African languages. Through the relentless efforts of our partners we have been able to make a positive impact to thousands of individuals over the years.
The Institute of Tibb is delighted to be represented by such a dedicated and committed new team of Lifestyle ambassadors who will certainly carry the Tibb flag with pride.
One of the staff members at the Tibb Medical Centre in Cape Town was diagnosed with a very high cholesterol reading of 8 when taking the Vitality health check at one of the chain store outlets and he was referred to a medical doctor for investigation. After being sent for blood tests, it was found that his blood cholesterol levels were indeed 8, of which 1 was the good HDL cholesterol, leaving the bad LDL cholesterol levels at 7.
With a high cholesterol level like this, the medical doctor suggested that he takes Statin medication, a very well-known allopathic drug to lower cholesterol, for two months and then re-evaluate the situation and consider the way forward. The reason for the high cholesterol levels according to the doctor was purely hereditary since there was a history of high cholesterol and heart attacks in the family and he himself followed a very healthy diet and exercise programme. He thus agreed and started using the prescribed statins.
About a week after starting the use of the medication the side-effects started to occur and it gradually became worse and worse. The first really bad side effect was the development of pimple-like bumps all over his body which was confirmed as one of the very rare side effects of the specific medication by a pharmacist. About three weeks after the medication was started the muscle weakness occurred and it became so bad that the one weekend he was basically in bed most of the time struggling to move around and without any strength in his fingers to even hold a fork to eat with.
Then a decision was made to stop using the statin medication immediately. He was recommended to go see the medical doctor again so that a different statin without the side-effects can be prescribed, however, he decided against it and made the decision to take responsibility for his own health instead and to empower himself with the necessary knowledge to be able to make the correct decisions regarding this cholesterol matter.
He started using herbal medication to lower the cholesterol and discussed the matter with one of the Tibb Practitioners who did another cholesterol reading for him, but it once again showed as high (8). She then recommended that he should add Magnesium to the herbal product in the form of both magnesium tablets as well as Mag Phos (Tissue Salt Number 8), since Magnesium is a “natural statin”.
A week later the Tibb Practitioner did a cholesterol test and it showed as 5.81 and it stands to reason that since the blood tests indicated that 1 is good HDL cholesterol, then the bad LDL cholesterol should be 4.81. Quite a good improvement. This was confirmed by the study of Marshall (2014:45) that Magnesium can be used as natural replacement for statins.
Then some research occurred where the herbal product was not used for a while and only the Magnesium and Mag Phos were used, but the cholesterol reading was 7.38 again. It was then decided that the combination of the herbal product with the Magnesium and Mag Phos tablets were a good combination to effectively deal with the high cholesterol levels and the best part of it all is the fact that it does not cause any side-effects.
Based on Tibb philosophy it is necessary for people to be empowered with knowledge so they can take responsibility for their own health and in this instance the Tibb staff member did exactly that. When reading the article from Marshall (2014) and seeing all the side-effects from allopathic statin medication, the question is asked whether it is worth the risk to use statins in the first place.
That is a decision every person has to make for themselves, but ultimately you weigh up the benefits of having low cholesterol levels with the detriment of suffering from severe side effects. In this specific case, the side-effects were too severe to endure and the natural alternative proved to be effective.
Resource List Marshall, T.M. (2014) New Insights into the Statin-Cholesterol Controversy [online]. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, 19(2), pp. 42-46. Available from: http://www.jpands.org/vol19no2/marshall.pdf [Accessed 14 May 2015].
In a natural and holistic approach to medicine it is believed that the root cause of the problem should be identified and treated instead of focusing the whole treatment regime on the symptoms. In line with this, research will be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of herbal infusions in accomplishing this by going to the root cause of conditions.
In Tibb this is done by looking at temperaments and related qualities.
Tibb philosophy is based on the temperamental and humoral theory. In order to maintain health each individual has their own unique humoral composition in relation to their unique temperamental combination. Associated with each of the humours are qualities of heat, coldness, moistness and dryness which results in every person having a unique humoural composition with an ideal combination of qualities with one quality being dominant. For example an individual with a sanguinous/phlegmatic temperament will have a dominant quality of moistness (see chart). Changes to this unique humoural composition, occurs from the influence of the Tibb lifestyle factors which include food and drink, environmental air and breathing, exercise and rest, sleep, emotions and eliminations of toxins – with the greatest influence being from food and drink. This change to the humoural composition will most likely occur from an excess of their dominant humour/temperament. However, humoural changes can also occur from an increase into other humours. This change to the ideal humoural balance leads to pathological processes resulting in illness conditions.
Changes to this ideal humoral composition occurs from the qualitative effect of Lifestyle Factors which physis (the body’s inherent wisdom) endeavours to restore homeostasis. Changes beyond the ability of physis to restore homeostasis results in pathological processes leading to signs and symptoms, associated with various illness conditions/systems of the body – all resulting from an excess of a particular humour.
The sanguinous humour is produced mostly from Hot & Moist foods, the excess of which will result in an overabundance of the Sanguinous humour. The phlegmatic humour is produced mostly from Cold & Moist foods, the excess of which will result in an overabundance of the Phlegmatic humour. The bilious humour is produced mostly from Hot & Dry foods, the excess of which will result in an overabundance of the Bilious humour. The melancholic humour is produced mostly from Cold & Dry foods, the excess of which will result in an overabundance of the Melancholic humour.
The aim of the research is to assess the impact of eliminating humoural imbalances with herbal infusions – and if necessary, herbal infusions together with herbal medications.
Targeting the elimination of excess humours at the initial onset of the pathological processes will prevent the progression of additional signs and symptoms/illness conditions. This approach is in keeping with the Tibb philosophy of the maintenance/restoration of health where therapeutic intervention is aimed at addressing the causes and not the symptoms. The success of this study will be beneficial to Tibb Practitioners in treatment protocols that restore homeostasis by eliminating excess humours which will most likely address signs and symptoms across various systems of the body associated with the excess humour. This approach will hopefully improve the recovery time, and also have an impact on reducing treatment cost, with an improved quality of life.
The research questions to be answered with the research are:
The research will be conducted professionally and therefore it is done only through qualified Tibb Practitioners registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. The protocols to be used have been developed as well as the necessary ethical considerations and everyone at the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is curious and excited to see the results of the research.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has successfully concluded an agreement with Allied Communities Network a Soweto based non-profit in implementing a community lifestyle education programme over the next nine months in order to improve community health and reduce the health bill.
The Tibb Lifestyle Advisors training programme was launched on the 13th of April 2015 at Careers Centre in Diepkloof starting with the training of 168 project and programme officers from 84 selected community organisations in Soweto. The free training of community life style advisors is funded by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb and coordinated by Allied Communities Network. The training will end on the 6th of May.
On completion, participants will be able to advise and educate community members on adopting lifestyles changes in health promotion and in the management of illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, HIV & AIDS and asthma using the Tibb philosophy. Eighty four wellness desks will be opened in each one of the 84 organisations for ordinary community members as lifestyle clinics where community members can walk in for advice on health and wellness, free of cost.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has entered into an agreement with Islamic Medical Association (Gauteng branch) for the sponsoring and training a Tibb Lifestyle Advisor in the IMA clinic in Orland East, Soweto. The Tibb Lifestyle Advisor will support the clinic by providing Lifestyle Advice in healthy living as well as in the management of illnesses with the focus on chronic conditions. To facilitate the activities of the Tibb Lifestyle Advisor, educational flyers in English, Sotho, Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans on the following illness conditions are also made available to patients attending the clinic.
Diabetes, Colds and Flu, HIV & AIDS, Hypertension, Tuberculosis, Asthma, Backache, High Cholesterol. A flyer on the Tibb approach in understanding illnesses “Healing with Tibb” as well as a flyer on dietary advice in health promotion and in the management of different illness conditions is also made available.
Feedback to the IMA co-ordinator Dr Yumna Mohamed and the Tibb team, from Sister Vinolia, the Tibb Lifestyle Advisor, has been very positive. She was really excited informing us that patients appreciate the information given to them with respect to how best to manage their illness conditions with lifestyle which includes diet, exercise, rest, proper breathing exercises, managing emotions and the elimination of toxins
Load Shedding has become a regular occurrence in the South African society and each person experiences it differently based on Tibb philosophy. It is no secret that Tibb philosophy is aimed at the whole person, but not only in the area of health; it views the person holistically and therefore the influence of load shedding has not gone by unnoticed.
One of the basic principles in Tibb has to do with the fact that each person is unique and should be treated accordingly based on temperament.
Taking that principle a step further makes you wonder how people react to load shedding based on their temperaments. Having a look at the four temperaments, it is not difficult to figure out while it can surely be observed in any work environment. The four temperaments can be listed as follows:
Understanding the people you work with by knowing their temperaments, will not only tell you why they act and react as they do, but will also give you an idea of how to respond to them in order to prevent unnecessary conflict and unhappiness in the workplace.
Load shedding is Eskom’s way of trying to resolve the electricity crisis in South Africa by switching off the power during certain intervals during the day. This occurs during working hours as well, leading to extreme frustration, especially when unscheduled load shedding is leading to electronic equipment getting damaged and data being lost in the process.
It is during these times, that Tibb philosophy can be observed first hand as people with different temperaments act differently when it occurs.
The Sanguinous person sees it as an ideal time to use the no-power time to do what they love to do, namely socialise, network and communicate with the people around them. They may use the opportunity to get the team together or spend the time chatting away with someone, not really caring about the fact that the electricity is off, apart from the fact that social media might be affected in the process.
The Bilious person become angry immediately and takes out the frustration with harsh words towards Eskom and might even talk in a similar manner to the people around as they have too many things to do and with the electricity off, these things cannot be done. Frustratingly they might just carry on working on something else not requiring electricity, but also has a deadline in order to stay efficient and not allow Eskom to dictate their time.
The Melancholic person might be agitated because it causes them to feel disorganised and that they are not sticking to the plan they had for the day. Load shedding for them is a clear indication that the world is not perfect, tickling their perfectionism and causing them to be agitated with Eskom messing with their plans. They may even be philosophical and start theorising about the fact that electricity can go off at any time and therefore the need for a contingency plan should be analysed. They may use the time without electricity to catch up on work related reading, thinking about a solution for load shedding and analysing the situation at hand.
The Phlegmatic person will remain their calm self and will not allow load shedding to affect them negatively. They see the time of no electricity as time to just be calm and continue with their lives and might even see it as a good time to take a break and enjoy lunch or a snack or a break. This is also the time they usually are the good listeners listening how the others are complaining about the fact that the electricity is messing with their daily lives.
By understanding the person you are working with will give you a clear understanding of why they act the way they do when load shedding affects them and by realising that every person is a unique individual, you will eliminate lots of conflict in the process that will lead to healthy relationships in the workplace.
Tibb philosophy is not only relevant for your good health within the medical profession, but even during load shedding.
The Institute piloted a short training course for medical and allied practitioners aimed at providing insights into the Tibb philosophical principles of healthcare, with the objective of enabling its implementation into their current practice in the form of integrative medicine.
The five-day training course consisted of theory and practical sessions covering the following modules:
Day 1: Introduction to Philosophical principles of Tibb, with emphasis on identifying temperament.
Day 2: Etiology and Pathology – discussion on health promotion and the Lifestyle Factors, principles of cause and effect, pathological pathways and processes.
Day 3: Diagnosis and Treatment – interpreting diagnosis and treatment based on the temperamental and humoral theories.
Day 4 and 5: Supervised practical sessions on the implementation of the above Tibb principles – addressing not only the symptoms but also the causes of illness conditions with treatment options that included dietotherapy, lifestyle adjustment, regimental therapies (cupping, massage) as well as pharmacotherapy.
The course presenters included: Prof Rashid Bhikha, Dr Joy Saville, Dr Yumna Abrahams, Dr Anisha Allie, Dr Mujeeb Hoosen, Dr Najwa Kisten, Dr Christo Scheepers and Dr Linda Mayer.
Some Feedback from the participants:
“All of the modules were clearly illustrated and explained by the facilitators. I liked the interactive discussions. The course notes added to the experience”.
“I enjoyed interacting with our visitors abroad as they have a range of experience”.
“I really enjoyed getting experience in the clinics – correlation with module 1 and 2”.
“The close contact between the patient and the doctor”.
With the successful outcome of the training course, this programme will be offered to local and international participants during the 2015 calendar year.
For enquires contact Magdalene Lees on (011) 991 7323, e-mail: email@example.com
“Healing with Tibb”, the latest e-book by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, provides consumers with a comprehensive overview of the Tibb philosophy with the aim of empowering individuals to better maintain health and manage illness conditions using appropriate lifestyle factors. This detailed yet easy to grasp publication has been designed for individuals without a medical background to better understand the key concepts of Temperament-Your Uniqueness; and its relationship to the predisposition of illness conditions; as well as Physis- the body’s innate ability to self heal, and how each individual can support Physis to achieve internal harmony.
The causes of illnesses and the rationale behind treatment from the Tibb perspective are explored in-depth, with discussion centering around the qualitative nature of disease. Readers are given insight on how lifestyle factors appropriate to each individual as well as to specific illness conditions can help restore and managing health.
The book offers a wealth of invaluable information and includes 50 common illness conditions. It provides readers with an overview of each condition, the Tibb understanding on that disease, and its management, using medication and regimental therapies where necessary, but focusing on diet and Lifestyle Factors.
Many people struggle with Arthritis and many more with Backache. Combining the two conditions into one presentation was all about the principle that coldness with dryness aggravates these conditions and therefore the Tibb approach to dealing with it is to counteract it by increasing heat with moistness into the lifestyle of every person.
Christo Scheepers facilitated this presentation held at the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Athlone, Cape Town on 13 August 2014. There are many different forms of arthritis. In the presentation there was specific focus on three types, namely:
Tibb sees arthritis as a symptom of an underlying disharmony within the body moving towards dryness and cold and backache as being associated with qualities of coldness with dryness. Physis (the body’s own natural healing ability) is unable to restore the balance leading to the onset of the conditions.
From this view, it is evident that Tibb’s approach in dealing with these conditions is to increase heat with moistness by adjusting the lifestyle factors accordingly.
There are six lifestyle factors:
These lifestyle factors create either heat or cold, moistness or dryness in the body. Arthritis and Backache are associated with qualities of coldness with dryness and therefore an increase in similar qualities can lead to a worsening of the condition. The Tibb approach is thus to increase the opposite qualities by means of an adjusted lifestyle management plan.
This is done by encouraging the intake of mostly Hot and Moist Foods like bananas, turmeric, ginger and olives. Exercise, sleep, emotions, breating and elimination should be adjusted to have the same effect. This customised lifestyle management plan is something a Tibb Practitioner can help design.
In Tibb the condition alone is not only taken into consideration, but also the fact that the conditions might be caused by different factors and even progress through stages and each stage might have different qualities associated with it. When designing a customised lifestyle plan for Arthritis and Backache, it is important to take the type as well as the stage of the condition into consideration.
Tibb is seen as a holistic approach to these conditions since it does not only take the symptoms into consideration, but also the causes while keeping in mind that the whole person is affected by a condition and all the systems in the body. In the treatment process, Tibb will assist the body to heal itself instead of working in against the natural systems and functions of the body.
Introduction to the theory and practice of Tibb Medicine
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is offering a short five (5) day course aimed at providing medical doctors (or equivalent healthcare professionals) with insights into the Tibb philosophical principles of healthcare, with the objective of enabling its implementation into their current practice in the form of integrative medicine. Tibb Medicine over the centuries has been known by many different names, including Greco-Arab medicine, Western herbal and Unani medicine.
As the founding principles of Tibb are in keeping with the Abrahamic scriptures, the Torah, the Bible and the Quran, relevant Prophetic traditions will be included in the course content.
Tibb Medical Centre (Saartjie Baartman Centre) Corner Klipfontein and Aries Road, Surrey Estate, Cape Town, 7764.
06th October – 10th October 2014 (8:30am – 5:00pm).
Prof Rashid Bhikha, Dr Joy Saville, Dr John Glynn, Dr Yumna Abrahams, Dr Anisha Allie, Dr Mujeeb Hoosen, Dr Najwa Kisten, Dr Christo Scheepers, Dr Linda Mayer.
R5000.00 per person. Cost includes training modules/material, teas and lunch during the 5 days.
A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants who complete the course.
For more information contact Magdalene Lees on (011) 991 7323/079 223 8561 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday 19th August 2014, Prof Rashid Bhikha delivered the keynote address at the Traditional Medicine Celebration that was organized by the Gauteng Traditional and Faith Medical Practitioners (GTFMP) in Johannesburg. This celebration was in keeping with the World Health Organization’s theme for the current year focusing on “Collaboration between Conventional Medicine and Traditional Medicine”. Prof Bhikha’s presentation included the role that the Tibb Institute could play in supporting African Traditional Medicine (ATM) in promoting the integration of ATM with conventional medicine in South Africa.
The meeting was attended by traditional healers from the various branches of the GTFMP Association, representatives from Local and National Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Council for Traditional Healers, as well as other organizations collaborating with traditional healers.
Feedback from the Traditional Healers Council was provided by Deputy Director Mr. Bruce Mbedzi who provided information on the progress made since the establishment of the council and their commitment to promote ATM. The Assistant Director from the National Department of Health Ms. Deborah Mothopeng who emphasized the DoH position on promoting the collaboration between practitioners of traditional medicine and practitioners of conventional medicine.
Of special note at the celebration was the presentation by Ms. Nomsa Dlamini (Chief Liason Officer – HIV & AIDS THP programme) providing an update on the role of traditional healers in the campaign again HIV & AIDS.
Colds and Flu are very common during the winter months and in order to empower people with the knowledge about it, a consumer talk was held in the boardroom of the Saartjie Baartman Shelter by Dr Christo Scheepers.
Part of the audience included three fifth year medical students from the University of Stellenbosch Medical School presently doing their compulsory elective in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the Tibb Medical Centre on the same premises. This is very exciting as Tibb is not in opposition to allopathic medicine, but rather believes in integrative medicine and therefore it is believed that both lines have benefits, but also limitations. Combining allopathic medicine with natural medicine gives patients the best of both worlds. The consumer talk thus also included the conventional medical view as well as the Tibb view on colds and flu.
It is interesting to note that both Tibb and conventional medicine believes that colds and flu are caused by viruses, however, Tibb adds to it by seeing colds and flu as a disharmony in the body due to an excess coldness and moistness.
Antibiotics are ineffective when it comes to viral infections and therefore Tibb recommends assisting the body to heal itself of colds and flu by increasing heat and dryness by means of the six lifestyle factors, namely:
In the past doctors have prescribed antibiotics far too easily for colds and flu leading to people becoming immune to it and when they are really in need of antibiotics e.g. for a bacterial infection, then they have built up immunity against it and it does not want to work. Therefore Tibb offers a good alternative by assisting the body’s immune system to function optimally and fight the cold and flu from the inside out.
The consumer talk gave some insightful tips on how to assist the body in fighting colds and flu and the attendees found it very informative, inspiring and rated it as excellent.
One of the medical students, Faika Ryklief, described it as very interesting.
Tibb is committed to providing all our representatives with adequate training on an ongoing basis. With this in mind, and subsequent to our recent review of social upliftment partnerships, our Lifestyle Advisors from all regions had a full and interactive one-day training session on Tuesday, 5th August 2014.
Trainees were given information on the concepts and philosophy of Tibb in general as well as in-depth knowledge on conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, colds and flus, asthma, backache, HIV and Aids and Tuberculosis.
Prof. Rashid Bhikha, chairman of the Institute further elaborated, “Ensuring the Lifestyle Advisors provide suitable and beneficial information to patients and the public at large is of utmost importance to us, as our advisors not only represent Tibb, but also because they hold a great responsibility to the people they serve. With this in mind we will educate, review and assess these roles at least twice a year.”
Tibb Medical Centre hosted two learners, Zintle Kibi and Zikhona Komoma, from the LEAP Science and Maths School in Pinelands during their job shadow Programme.
It was such an honour and great experience for both the learners and The Institute. After having hosted these learners, Caroline Davids, Western Cape Manager, commented “I feel more positive about the future in our country – we are indeed honoured as the Institute to form part of contributing to these young leaders education. The qualities that they displayed were evident in what their school strives towards.”
Both these learners are interested in studying towards a medical degree, and as they were not sure which way to go, chose our clinic to see what Tibb has to offer”.
LEAP Science and Maths Schools expect excellence – particularly in mathematics, science and English – and so guide young people towards a successful future.
One of the students commented “When assisting a patient don’t solve their health problems, by giving them medication, instead try to make sure they understand their illness”
The Institute’s Medical Centres in Cape Town participated at the Ilitha Labantu luncheon for 500 elderly people in Gugulethu, in honour of Mandelay Day on 18th July 2014.
In his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma announced that it is everyone’s responsibility to honour the legacy of the Former President Mandela; and carry forth his dream in creating a safer and better society for all.
We responded to this call and staff of both Langa and Saartjie Baartman Tibb Medical Centres participated in partnership with Ilitha Labantu, at an event for Mandela Day.
A luncheon for the elderly and senior clubs to raise awareness on the protection and promotion of the rights of the elderly people, was organised. It was also a platform to thank the elderly for their commitment and support in preserving democracy. More than 500 elderly people from different elderly clubs and structures from different areas were invited, namely Gugulethu, Phillipi, Elsies River, Mfuleni, Delft, Crossroads, Newcross, and Heinzpark.
Medical staff of both Langa and Saartjie Baartman Tibb Medical Centres participated by doing Blood pressure readings, advising patients of their reading, where we found, many of the elderly with elevated blood pressure and also general medical advice was given to the elderly.
|Since May 2011, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has forged health partnerships nationwide in an effort to alleviate the needs of all South Africans. Our partners are primarily health and welfare organizations, who have earned sound reputations with a commitment to social upliftment. On the 9th July 2014, all Gauteng partners met for a strategic and forward planning session at the Institute’s head office in Johannesburg. The outcomes of this successful meeting are a renewed dedication towards healthcare delivery, poverty alleviation and a greater synergy not only between the Institute and the partners individually, but collectively amongst all role players.
All of the Institute’s partnerships are implemented in accordance with the needs of the particular partner organization and the communities they serve. We thus offer support in the form of human and physical resources, training, lifestyle advice, chronic illness management, food hampers and education, thereby enabling long-term improvement in the quality of life of the people that these organizations serve.
In attendance at this year’s strategic meeting were directors and lifestyle advisors representing Islamic Relief, Osizweni Community Centre, uSizo Lwanamuhla and Soweto Footprints. Each expressed commitment to health promotion through lifestyle changes and education; as well as caring for young children, the aged, people with chronic and terminal illness conditions and improvement in primary healthcare delivery through ongoing provision of resources.
More about our Partners:
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb offers support through food hampers and Lifestyle Advisors. They are an integral part of Osizweni raising awareness and educating people on practical healthy living habits and improving the management of their chronic illnesses. uSizo Lwanamuhla is an organisation aimed at integrating modern medicine and African traditional healing in the fight against HIV and AIDS; and opportunistic diseases. Usizo promotes the use of Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) in the development of a culturally relevant and comprehensive model of HIV and AIDS in the healthcare system. Their vision is to provide stigma free community and THP driven Voluntary Counselling, Testing and Referral services. They intend to develop the largest dynamic traditional-to-western healing centre in Africa. The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb sponsors Lifestyle Advisors who advise on healthy living and chronic illness management.
Soweto Footprints is an organisation run by retired nurses serving the needs of the very poor living with HIV and other chronic illnesses around Soweto. The Society runs a hospice for the severely ill, known as Footprints. Tibb now sponsors a Tibb Lifestyle Advisor, an assistant caregiver and their driver to assist with the care and recovery of hospice patients. After discharge they follow up with home visits to achieve and then maintain a healthy lifestyle in their difficult home circumstances. Alongside this, Tibb also sponsors home food gardens to meet their nutritional needs, and food hampers for those most in need. Soweto Footprints has extended its reach to include education at schools and also to adults. The Ibn Institute of Tibb will work alongside this dynamic organization in the venture.
|Back Row from Right to left: Nasira Bhikha-Vallee – Tibb Institute, Alcon Dube- Footprints , Bonginkoso Masilela-Usizo, Vicky Mtshikwona-Usizo, Minhaj Jeenah – Islamic Relief
Front Row: Right to left: Prof.Rashid Bhikha- Tibb Institute, Ayanda Rapipa-Usizo, Magdalene Lees-Tibb Institute, Alinah Mabaso-Osizweni, Hazel Mabusela-Footprints,
The University of Stellenbosch Medical School has been known over the years for the high quality training they provide leading to excellently qualified medical doctors going into the marketplace. Doctors trained at this medical school has been sought after not only throughout South Africa, but even abroad.
It is a privilege for the Tibb Medical Centres to accommodate some of their medical students doing their compulsory elective in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in their fourth and fifth year and choosing to do so in the area of Unani-Tibb Medicine. It is believed that integrative medicine is the way of the future and medical students trained in this way will definitely be able to provide their patients one day with the best of both worlds by incorporating CAM into their allopathic medical practices.
These electives usually lasts four weeks in their fourth year of training and four weeks in their fifth week of training. The students can spend all the time in one CAM profession, but usually they spend two weeks with the Tibb Practitioners in the Tibb Medical Centres and the other two weeks with other CAM practitioners like Homeopaths, Naturopaths or Chiropractors.
This week Zafira Allie and Ilhaam van der Schyff, two fifth year M.B.Ch.B. medical students from the University of Stellenbosch Medical School have been joining the Tibb Practitioners in the Tibb Medical Centres for this purpose.
It is always interesting to receive their feedback about the experience and they are usually very excited about the possibilities natural medicine offer them and usually surprised that the Tibb Practitioners uses very scientific methods for examination and diagnosis and not the “airy-fairy” techniques they usually believe CAM practitioners use for their consultations.
In the past CAM practitioners have always been frowned upon by the allopathic medical practitioners, but since the CAM industry is a multi-billion dollar international industry and growing, they no longer just reject it, but start to realise the possibilities of actually incorporating it into their allopathic practices. There are numerous medical doctors in South Africa running very successful integrative private practices and it is believed that this might be the medical practices of the future.
The camera crew from Pearl Media visited the Tibb Medical Centre on the premises of the Saartjie Baartman Centre on 2 July 2014 to film a television insert about cupping that will be aired on the programme Health 365 which is broadcast at 11:30 on Fridays on the SABC 2 channel. Dr. Anisha Allie was interviewed and a cupping demonstration was done in order to make the public aware of this fascinating natural medical procedure.
Dr. Anisha Allie is a Tibb Practitioner trained at the University of the Western Cape working for the Tibb Medical Centres in Cape Town. She has numerous years of clinical experience both in the Tibb Medical Centres and in private practice, using cupping regularly as a procedure in order improve the health and wellness of patients.
Cupping is not unique to Dr. Allie, but is a procedure known in the natural medical fraternity and used in various forms by different practitioners. The Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practitioners uses a form of cupping where glass cups are used and vacuum is created by means of a flame and then the cups are placed on the body. Tibb Practitioners uses a different type of cup where the intensity of the vacuum can be regulated during the cupping session.
Cupping is an ancient therapy stimulating certain points on the body by creating a vacuum in a suction cup that leads to increased blood flow to the area in the body. The logic behind it is that cupping draws impurities, toxins, pain and inflammation away from the deeper tissues and organs towards the skin where it can be eliminated in order to restore balance to the body.
Cupping is a good choice of treatment when your body needs some assistance with pain relief or toxin removal. People very sensitive to allopathic medication that cannot use medication for pain relief during the working day due to them becoming drowsy, may find cupping a very good alternative. During cupping the area being cupped usually feels warm, similar to the feeling when rubbing something like Rumaflam Cream or Deepheat on the area. Afterwards the area might be temporarily red, discoloured or swollen, but after a few weeks the area should return to normal.
There are mainly three types of cupping:
The use of cupping is not only a procedure used by practitioners, but it is sometimes also used for religious purposes in certain religions.
Cupping has many benefits, but there are certain contra-indications so it is always encouraged that people make use of appropriately trained practitioners registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa to make sure they receive the best form of treatment, but also to rest assured that their best interests are taken care of.
Nazeerah Isaacs, a Grade 11 learner from Rhodes High School, and Sarah Sonday, a Grade 11 learner from Livingstone High School, are job shadowing the Tibb Practitioners at the Tibb Medical Centres this week.
Job shadowing gives learners the opportunity to enter a specific career field and practically see for themselves what it really entails. Learners sometimes have an idea of what a career is like or it might sound like an ideal career for them to embark on after school, but their perceptions and the reality of a career is not always in line with each other. For these unrealistic expectations to hit reality, job shadowing allows a learner to literally step into the actual world of the specific career and spend some time with practitioners who are able to not only show them the milieu, but also share the good and the bad of the specific career with them.
Learners are therefore empowered with knowledge of a specific career by gaining practical experience in the actual work environment of the career field.
This allows learners to make an informed decision about career choice even before they embark on the tertiary education journey. Making a wrong career choice and studying for a number of years only to realise thereafter that the reality of the career is not in line with the fantasies they had about it, is not only a very expensive exercise, but also leaves a person confused about the future and unhappy about time wasted. Job shadowing reduces this risk, especially when a person is interested in a career in the health and medical sciences due to the extended period of study and very vigorous studies it involves.
Tibb Practitioners in South Africa need to register with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) in order to practice legally in this country. This allows proper regulation of the profession ensuring the public only receives the best possible service from a competent and professional practitioner. Studying to become a Tibb Practitioner is also regulated by the AHPCSA and school leavers will have to embark on a 5-year journey of full-time study at the University of the Western Cape. The five years of study consists of two degree programmes; the first three years is a Bachelor of Science degree in Complementary Health Sciences followed by a further two years of study for a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (specialising in Unani-Tibb Medicine).
Natural medicine is a growing field globally while more and more people become interested in a natural way of dealing with their health, wellness and disease. Tibb Practitioners do not function in competition to medical practitioners or any other health practitioner, but in an integrative approach clearly realising what the benefits of Tibb Medicine is, but also very aware of the limitations of the profession based on scope of practice as provided by the AHPCSA.
It is always a privilege having learners and students at the Tibb Medical Centres showing them not only the medical side of the profession, but also the flip side of dispensing medication and the relevant administration that accompanies the profession.
The congress, supported by the Turkish Department of Health, was represented by numerous local organizations as well as international participants from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Kingdom, Germany and North Africa. The congress was organized in response to the global revival of Prophetic Medicine (Tibb al-Nabawi). Numerous research papers were presented validating the practical application of Tibb al-Nabawi in the management and treatment of various illness conditions using both herbal medication as well as therapies such as cupping.
Prof Bhikha presented a paper entitled “Tibb al-Nabawi healthcare for all ages”, highlighting that the philosophical principles of Tibb al-Nabawi, based on the temperamental and humoral theory, are as relevant today as during the time of the founders of medicine Hippocrates, Galen and Ibn Sina. In addition his paper discussed incorporating these principles with conventional medicine to address the current challenges facing healthcare globally in an Integrative Model.
Whilst conventional medicine has made tremendous technological strides in diagnostics, the Tibb principles of physis, temperament, humours, qualities and lifestyle factors can greatly enhance the current practice of medicine by providing a comprehensive understanding of aeitology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment that not only address the symptoms but also the causes of illness conditions.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is wholly committed to social upliftment through provision and partnerships in the health scenario. Over the past few years, active partnerships have been established with several NGO’s and Primary Health Care Clinics who share the same vision for provision of effective medical solutions that address all aspects of a patient’s well-being. Partnering with suitable organisations to address the needs of impoverished communities throughout South Africa is implemented in accordance with the needs of the particular organization but by and large involves human and physical resources and training, lifestyle advice and chronic illness management, food hampers and education to enable long-term improvement in the communities. In June 2014, Prof. Bhikha, Nasima Mohamed and Nasira Bhikha will review all partnerships and re-establish contracts in an effort to improve Tibb’s service delivery and work towards new opportunites as well.
This review was kicked off with a successful meeting and renewal of contract with uSizo Lwanamuhla with whom the Institute has a long and fruitful relationship. The commonalities between Tibb and African Traditional Medicine are well-known and it is only fitting that a union of Tibb and uSizo would have a common goal of holistic health through integrative medicine.
uSizo Lwanamuhla is an organisation whose aim is to integrate modern medicine and African traditional healing in the fight against HIV and AIDS and opportunistic diseases, by promoting the use of Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) in the development of a culturally relevant and comprehensive model of HIV and AIDS health care delivery system. Their vision is to provide stigma free community and THP driven Voluntary Counselling, Testing and Referral services. They intend to develop the largest dynamic traditional-to-western healing centre in Africa. The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb have created a partnership with Usizo and sponsors Lifestyle Advisors who advise on healthy living and chronic illness management.
In an effort to improve the conditions of the people of our country, The Institute of Tibb will continue in its quest for health delivery with like-minded established and credible organisations who also strive for a healthier South Africa.
On 14 May 2014 a consumer talk on Stress was presented by Dr Christo Scheepers at the Radio 786 Training Venue in Athlone, Cape Town.
Statistics indicate that 85% of illness conditions are stress related and usually even the ones that are not caused by stress, are negatively affected by it. Statistics furthermore indicate that 70% of all deaths in the U.S.A. is due to chronic conditions. Stress negatively affects chronic conditions and therefore it is necessary to deal with it effectively.
Stress is not a strange word for anyone, because most people experience it at some point in their lives while others experience it over a longer term and it is normally just the severity of the stress that is different. Each person experiences stress differently, in other words, for one person it might be very stressful to drive in rush hour traffic, yet for the next person it is not stressful at all and they even use the time in traffic to listen to relaxing music.
The different forms of stress have been discussed while keeping in mind that some people put themselves in certain stressful situation and by just removing themselves out of the situation, will reduce their stress levels while others are in stressful situations that are outside their control and they have to live with it and adjust to it without the stress totally taking over their lives. Stress affects a person holistically; physically, mentally, emotionally, behaviourally and even socially. Dealing with stress should consequently be a holistic attempt and Tibb offers the ideal approach, especially since Tibb is classified as a Western Holistic Approach to wellness.
From a Tibb perspective it is believed that certain temperaments are more affected by stress than others so temperament is taken into consideration when dealing with stress, making the approach not only holistic, but also individualised for each person.
Tibb believes that stress is a result of an increase in heat and dryness in the body so these qualities are taken into consideration during any treatment or stress management programme in order for lifestyle factors to balance out any imbalance of these qualities in the body. The result is proposed to be a decrease in stress levels, but also a reduced risk in developing more severe stress related illness conditions.
Tibb offers various stress related products, but also enhances the stress management approach with procedures like massage and cupping.
Stress leads to illness conditions, but by taking responsibility for your own health and wellness by implementing a healthy living lifestyle programme, it can be effectively managed leaving you to enjoy life with reduced stress levels.
Tibb as profession falls within the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) fraternity in South Africa formally regulated by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA).
Tibb is seen as Western Herbal or Western Holistic Medicine and as such promotes a holistic and natural approach to patient care and dealing with illness by especially focusing on lifestyle management.
The clinic administrator of the Tibb Medical Centres in Cape Town had to undergo sinus surgery recently after pursuing various natural, holistic and even allopathic approaches to dealing with the problem. It turned out to be a structural problem for which surgery was the last remaining option. He is back at work again and with a big smile enjoys being able to breathe normally again.
This whole outing to the hospital and operating theatre highlighted once again the age old question of which approach to medicine is best; complementary and alternative medicine or rather allopathic medicine? It also brought the question to the front of whether medical approaches is better or whether more invasive treatment approaches like surgery is preferred.
It is known to everyone that most allopathic medication has side-effects linked to it and especially when using chemical medication over an extended period of time, it can lead to a person experiencing certain side effects. Does this make the use of allopathic medicine bad? Definitely not! There is a place for allopathic medicine, but there is also a place for natural medicine.
Natural medicine is especially effective for chronic conditions on its own or in combination with allopathic medication. It is important to note that if you are on allopathic medication for a condition already, it is not advised that you start using herbal products without consulting a properly qualified and registered practitioner first since natural products can clash with allopathic medication causing severe side effects or causing allopathic medication to become less effective.
Many people control their illness conditions for many years with only natural medication and by adjusting their lifestyle factors. Others may need allopathic medication. However, sometimes neither natural nor allopathic medication is working and then surgery might be the only option to bring relief.
Surgery is a very invasive procedure and not without risk, but sometimes it is the only option.
Asking the question of which approach is better; complementary medicine, allopathic medicine or surgery, is the wrong question since each of these approaches are necessary and needed.
The correct question to ask is rather, which approach is needed for each individual? Complementary medicine might work for the one person while allopathic medication may work for the next person, but sometimes only surgery might be effective for yet another person.
Tibb does not only see itself as falling within the CAM industry, but it is rather seen as integrative medicine by standing alongside various healthcare practitioners while offering a unique approach to dealing with illness conditions.
Tibb is not against allopathic medication or surgery, but believes in empowering people with the knowledge to take responsibility for their own health and therefore it is mostly suggested that with the treatment of any condition, the less invasive approach with the least side-effects are attempted first, before resorting to more invasive procedures and approaches.
On 16 April 2014 a consumer talk on Diabetes has been presented by Dr Christo Scheepers at the Radio 786 Training Venue in Athlone, Cape Town. The presentation was attended by 7 adults and 1 child.
This is a good representation of Tibb’s dedication of empowering people with knowledge so they can take responsibility for their own health, because whether 8 people attend the talk or whether 400 people attend the talk as happened last year when it was done for the Department of Social Development, it is done with dedication and determination.
The presentation proved to be a challenge as some technical difficulties were experienced between the computer and the projector leaving Christo without a visual powerpoint to use, but in the spirit of Tibb where the motto is that the only thing that is constant, is change, it was dealt with creatively. The presentation was done without any visual powerpoint, but it resulted in a very interactive discussion with many questions being answered. Even though the technology did not function as expected, the attendees enjoyed the talk and did not only experience it as very informative, but even rated it between good and excellent.
Tibb sees each person as a unique individual with a certain temperament and each temperament has certain qualities of heat, cold, moistness or dryness associated with it. It is believed that Diabetes is the result of an excess of moistness in the body and therefore the approach is recommended is to decrease moisture in the body by increasing heat and dryness through the six lifestyle factors, namely air and breathing, food and drink, sleep, exercise, emotions and elimination. These lifestyle factors can be used to effectively produce a specific quality in the body and therefore a healthy lifestyle is recommended based on it.
These lifestyle factors are essential in dealing with Type 2 Diabetes by adjusting your lifestyle to reduce the excess moisture in the body. Such a customised lifestyle programme is usually developed in consultation with a Tibb Practitioner. It is always recommended that you consult with your practitioner when you want to add any natural medication to the medication you are already taking and when you want to get a customise lifestyle programme designed especially for your unique temperament, needs and what you want to achieve with it.
Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to a chronic condition like Diabetes. Prevention is in the form of adjusting your lifestyle in order for you to live a healthier lifestyle by eating appropriately, getting enough sleep and doing the right exercise. It is about knowing your temperament and living a healthy lifestyle based on the factors recommended for your unique temperament.
Dr Christo Scheepers presented a consumer talk on Healthy Living on 9 April 2014 at the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Athlone, Cape Town in order to empower attendees to take responsibility for their own health and wellness.
When going to the doctor people are usually told to live healthy, to do exercise and to eat right. Why? Most people do not really know why this advice is given except for a general perception that it leads to health and wellness. In the consumer talk this was dealt with in more detail, explaining why each of the lifestyle factors can lead to health and wellness.
Tibb believes there are six lifestyle factors, namely:
Each of these lifestyle factors were discussed focusing on the qualities it creates in the body and how it affects people individually based on the qualities associated with their respective temperaments. Living a healthy lifestyle is not only about doing exercise and eating healthy food, but it is about doing the correct exercise and eating the correct food for your unique temperament. Furthermore it is about correct breathing and elimination, dealing with emotions and feelings and getting the correct amount of sleep for your temperament.
The qualitative influence of lifestyle factors can result in health and wellness when effectively managed, but can result in disease when poorly managed. To fully understand this, the qualities associated with each temperament were discussed making it known that if the lifestyle factors increase the associated quality it can lead to disease and therefore it should be attempted to balance it out by increasing the opposite quality instead. This is done by effectively managing lifestyle factors.
Healthy living is a choice and sometimes people need to be motivated enough to make the correct choice by informing them of the pros and cons. Sometimes healthy living seems like a distant ideal, but due to being stuck in a comfort zone it seems impossible to achieve. When it is realised that healthy living is obtainable, it is much easier to choose a road to wellness instead of staying within the comfort zone.
Due to the fast paced life most people are living in the 21st century, it is much easier to buy junk food, but by making the choice to instead learn how to make healthy food fast and easy, it can lead to wellness. Making the choice to rather exercise instead of watching television might not seem like an exciting option, until you participate in the exercise recommended for your unique temperament and then realising it is not only fun, but also makes you feel good and leads to wellness. Sometimes the choice for healthy living is not a drastic change, but it starts with the intention to live healthy and then a few small changes in lifestyle may make a huge difference on the road to wellness.
The attendees really enjoyed the talk, rating it as excellent and very informative.
You can also live a healthy life of wellness!
Make the decision today!
The Institute has been participating at the Annual Radio 786 Health Fair for the past seven years.
This year, the Health Fair, took on a different objective, by promoting health through sport. The Sports Festival took place over two days, 29th – 30th March 2014, at the Turfhall Stadium in Athlone. Various schools, as well as sports clubs were invited to participate.
The Institute was one of the main sponsors at the event and used this opportunity to promote the Tibb brand as well as raise awareness of our Tibb philosophy.
This was not only good for our communities, but also saw many clubs in our communities, enrolling new members, in their clubs. Young and old, came out to participate over the weekend.Many older members in the communities forgot how much fun it is to participate in sport. Encouraging our children to participate in sport, will ensure our communities lead healthier lifestyles.
The Festival saw more than eight thousand people participating, in various sports codes, which included, cricket, soccer, rugby, volleyball, marching drill squads, power lifting etc.
On Sunday morning, more than a thousand runners completed a 7.86km Run/Walk, the winners finishing in less time than it seems possible, 21 minutes for the men and 24 minutes for the women. The youngest participants in prams and the oldest participant 82 years old.
Thursday 27th March 2014marked yet another milestone in the community of Ennerdale, with two major players in the fight for positive lifestyle adjustments, namely Department of Health and The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb opened their doors to the community at the Osizweni Community Centre and offered free and convenient TB screening.
The Osizweni Community Centre was established in 2008 by Islamic Relief to cater for the educational, health and social needs of the informal settlements surrounding Ennerdale. The Centre provides assistance to orphans and vulnerable children and their guardians, as well as educational activities aimed at social upliftment and skills development. Counseling services are also offered to support people living with HIV and AIDS, orphans, and those affected by gender-based violence and social issues.
Just days before on the 25th of March, Mr. Emran Ahmod, the Social Development Manager of the Institute visited the centre and signed an extension to the existing partnership, continuing the services of 2 Lifestyle Advisors, for the impoverished community, for a further year.
AfA employs an integrated approach to HIV & AIDS management that has been delivering excellence since 1998. Their approach is to act as a care-coordinator between the funder, doctors, pathology labs, pharmacies and patients. Supported by a team of world respected clinicians in the field, they offer the optimal care of patients with an end-to-end solution.
Both Dr Mothudi and Prof Bhikha believe that the synergies and focus of the two organisations in the importance of lifestyle adjustments for HIV & AIDS patients can be a platform for a possible partnership between the two organizations
Tibb believes in empowering people to take responsibility for their own health instead of handing all power and responsibility to a practitioner to make these decisions on their behalf.
In line with this belief, Dr Christo Scheepers presented a consumer talk on Gastrointestinal Disorders on 5 March 2014 at the Radio 786 training facility in Cape Town.
The gastrointestinal tract or digestive tract, as it is commonly known, consists of the organs responsible for food intake, digestion, absorption and elimination. Some of the gastrointestinal disorders dealt with in the talk included constipation, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome.
The talk focused on causes, symptoms and general advice for dealing with each condition while overall looking at the Tibb philosophy behind explanation and treatment of each.
Many Tibb products are available to deal with the various gastrointestinal disorders, but it was recommended that a practitioner should first be consulted before making use of over-the-counter medication, especially if the patient is already using other forms of medication. This will ensure that medicine do not clash with each other while ensuring it also does not work against each other.
The attendees enjoyed the talk indicating it as excellent and very informative. The one lady attending the talk confirmed what was being said with the words that one of her family members is a medical science lecturer at UCT and what was mentioned in the talk, is in line with what he is teaching his students.
These consumer talks are presented on a regular basis at various venues throughout Cape Town to empower the community with information setting them up to take responsibility for their own health, lifestyle and conditions.
Cooking for Your Body Type – Everyday Meals to suit your Temperament provides a compilation of delicious every day recipes in combination with the Tibb philosophy. First published in 2003, the Tibb Recipe book provides detailed understanding of each person’s unique disposition and how best to enhance health and well-being through individual dietary needs. A must-have for every home, this popular recipe book is a gastronomical delight with invaluable insight to the Tibb belief in food as medicine.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb once again sets a precedence through its continued support of the Islamic Medical Association clinics in Malukazi and Marianhill, an organisation assisting the underprivileged communities of Kwa Zulu Natal. IMA have been working tirelessly for approximately 32 years on developing processes and structures from within, to help the “forgotten” people of KZN. Their three on site Primary Health Care Clinics in the poorest of the poorest areas namely Malukazi, Braemer, Marianhill and a Mobile Primary Health Care Clinic serving the Inchanga area bears testimony to their contributions.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has partnered with IMA, since 2011 and currently sponsors two Community Lifestyle Advisors, whose role is to raise awareness and educate people on practical healthy living habits and improving the management of their chronic illnesses. Tibb provides training to assist in this role. To supplement the advice given with practical support Tibb also sponsors food hampers and food gardens to those in need.
On the 19th of November 2013, Prof R Bhikha, the founder and chairman of the Institute visited the IMA clinic in Marianhill. This lasting impression led to the signing of an extension to the existing partnership on the 20th of February 2014, continuing the services of 2 Lifestyle Advisors, for the impoverished communities, for a further year.
Sister Honey Allee of IMA (KZN) had the following to say: – “The partnership with TIBB providing structured Health Education to patients coming to the IMA clinics over the last two years has proved to be a tremendous highlight for these patients. As a step forward TIBB have now started providing provisions and guidance for “kitchen gardens”. This has made a significant difference in the lives of the community served by the IMA. Progress has been made towards eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by providing 25 food parcels a month reaching 125 homes in the last year. This was for patients on ARV’s and TB medication. 10 food parcels per month was provided for “Granny headed” households reaching 50 homes. Provisions of seed and gardening equipment have been supplied to five homes in Malukazi, 3 homes in Marianhill and two homes in Braemer; all thanks to TIBB.”
Staff of both the Langa and Saartjie Baartman Clinics got together to plan the year ahead. After being in operation since 2006 in Langa and 2008 at Saartjie Baartman, we have learned some valuable lessons, to this end, we are implementing a new system this year at both our clinics, that we know will enhance the services offered to our patients.
Our clinics has seen a huge increase of patients numbers over the years, last year, we had to at times, close the clinic by 12.00 to ensure that we are able to assist all the patients at our centres. Patients arrive at our clinics before we open our doors at 8.00am.
We have increased the capacity of our Clinics, in order to assist more patients and serve the under privilege communities to whom natural medicine, or an alternative approach to health, would not be accessible without the assistance of the Institute. Through the expansion, we are aiming to see more than the 15,000 patients at the Saartjie Baartman clinic in 2014.
Our clinics are funded by the Institute and thus are able to offer a subsidized fee to our patients. The Clinic at Saartjie Baartman Centre also partners with the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women & Children and offers services to their clients at no charge.
Our clinics provide employment for recently qualified Tibb doctors, the clinic is also able to build on an important resource, that of recently qualified Tibb doctors.
The Saartjie Baartman Clinic is situated near the Cape Flats, an area with extremely high rates of crime, gangsterism, child abuse, unemployment, substance abuse and violence. There are few resources available in the surrounding areas and as a result the Centre provides services to a wide range of constituencies: neighbouring townships, farming communities in the Philippi area, Gugulethu, and ‘informal’ settlements.
The Langa community in Cape Town is an area characterized by underdevelopment, poor infrastructure and a dire lack of proper and sufficient civil services. The clinic provides community members with access to affordable healthcare as well as educational opportunities regarding the holistic approach of Tibb.
Strategically situated near one of the main transportation hubs of the Langa community, the clinic is perfectly positioned to assist large numbers of patients. The clinic also, contributes significantly to community health initiatives. Situated amongst other NGOs at the St. Francis Centre in Langa, the Clinic has become the medical service provider to other partners that we share the premises with. For the 2014 year we are aiming to see more than 12 000 patients.
The Tibb Clinic participates in various community upliftment activities, also offering, consumer talks to our patients, in order to empower them to take responsibility for their own health, especially to those patients who are diagnosed with chronic illnesses, e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol etc.
In keeping with its vision and mission statement
“Assisting any worthy external Aid Organisation, Charity or NGO with the aim of uplifting the conditions of underprivileged communities in South Africa in the areas of healthcare, education, spiritual upliftment, food programmes etc”
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is proud to announce its continuous support of the Mustadafin Foundation, an organisation assisting the underprivileged communities of the Western Cape. Mustadafin was established in Cape Town in 1986 to address the issues of dependency, unemployment and illiteracy in South Africa, through developing partnerships and networks, encouraging healthy lifestyles, creating self-reliant communities and advocacy. Services include community Home Based Care, HIV/AIDS support and awareness programmes, feeding for 15,000 people daily, early childhood development centres, and a Youth and Mental Health Division.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has partnered with Mustadafin, since 2011 and currently sponsors three Community Lifestyle Advisors, whose role is to raise awareness and educate people on practical healthy living habits and improving the management of their chronic illnesses. Tibb provides training to assist in this role. To supplement the advice given with practical support, Tibb has renovated and equipped the Lifestyle Advisors office in the heart of the community, it also sponsors food hampers, toiletries and linen for identified households in need.
On the 4th of February 2014, Prof R Bhikha, the founder and chairman of the Institute signed an extension of an existing partnership with Mustadafin, continuing the services of 3 Lifestyle Advisors, for the impoverished communities, for a further year.
Sister Ghairunisa Johnstone the Director of Mustadafin Foundation had the following to say: – “We at Mustadafin Foundation would like to thank the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb for the on-going partnership in providing health services to impoverished communities. Through your donation, we are able to employ three Lifestyle Advisors, educate approximately 1000 people per month about healthy life style choices, monitor and advise people dealing with chronic disease and tend the aged and frail who cannot access public health. Thirteen families are also provided with a monthly food parcel. We are grateful for the difference that your support makes to those in need. May the Almighty continue to place abundant blessing in what we are to accomplish together.”
On Monday the 3rd February Prof Rashid Bhikha met with the Western Cape MEC for Health, Mr. Theuns Botha, and discussed the Integration of the Tibb Lifestyle Approach in Health Promotion and in the Management of Chronic Illness Conditions. The Institute has over the past few years gained experience in the practical application of the Tibb 6 Lifestyle Factors in health promotion and in the management of chronic illnesses such as, Hypertension, Diabetes and HIV & AIDS. This experience was facilitated by the training and placing of Lifestyle Advisors in various Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) across the country. Copies of the Training Manuals as well as patient pamphlets used in the training activities of the Lifestyle Advisors were presented during the discussion.
In turn, Mr. Theuns Botha provided information on the Wellness Programmes that the Department of Health has initiated. Mr. Botha was of the opinion that the Tibb Lifestyle approach could most certainly add value to these programmes, and promised to arrange a meeting with the relevant doctors in the Wellness Programme.
Tibb – Traditional Roots of Medicine in Modern Routes to Health was the first book to be published by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb in July 2000. Written by Prof. Rashid Bhikha and Hakim Muhammad Abdul Haq, this is a concise and comprehensive publication that provides invaluable advice on the Tibb Philosophy, its diagnostic approach and the link between an individual’s Temperament. This book is key to understanding Tibb’s approach to health maintenance and specific illness treatment. It is now available as a free download.
In January 2014 a combined research project will commence between the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb and the Sultan Bahu Drug Rehabilitation Centre. The research will investigate the influence between temperament and substance use disorders and the research topic will therefore be: The influence of temperament on the pre-dispositions to and recovery from substance use disorders from the Tibb perspective.
The aim of the research is to determine whether there is a link between temperament and substance abuse. The significance of this research is to determine the link between temperament and substance abuse in order to make it possible to understand who is more prone to addiction, and allows for guidance in treatment to improve recovery based on the temperamental theory.
Qualitative research will be conducted within the Sultan Bahu Drug Rehabilitation Centre by means of questionnaires and/or interviews and then tracking the individuals’ progress throughout the programme.
4 Temperaments – 6 Lifestyle Factors is an interesting and motivating read aimed at the consumer and gives clear, explicit instructions on how to identify ones temperament. It also offers invaluable advice on lifestyle through individualized lifestyle programmes for each temperament. Written by Prof Rashid Bhikha, the book was first published in January 2006, with huge success. We are delighted that the book is now available as a free download. Beautifully laid out, with a wealth of information on the health science of Tibb and the impact which all aspects of lifestyle has on health, this book is a must-have for every home……
On Friday the 30th August 2013, Tibb along with our partner Usizo Lwanamuhla were invited by the Gauteng Province to participate in a programme entitled ‘Celebrating African Traditional Medicine’ held in Duduza in the Ekurhuleni Metro. Amongst the guest speakers was Mr Hope Papo, Gauteng MEC for Health, Chief whip councilor Christina Sale and Traditional medicine standardization head of SABS Amanda Gcabashe. The programme was well received with over 600 people attending, 80 % of whom were traditional healers. Tibb was well represented with banners, literature, medicine samples and 2 Gazebo’s set up in the hall, and 2 mobile HIV testing facilities manned by Usizo outside. Tibb was once again recognized by the Ekurhuleni Metro as an important partner in primary healthcare.
Modern Medicine is respected and accepted by all Africans. Its benefits and advancements can never be dispelled. Why is it then that over 80% of the continent’s population still relies on traditional medicine for their basic health needs? The answer is as deep rooted as our African culture and tradition because healing forms an integral part of the African belief system. It hardly matters whether you turn to your local Inyanga, Sangoma or o’dokotelo, the quest for good health has many paths and we need to pursue all of them. What is important is that we respect the benefits of the different treatment modalities and recognize that there is a time and place for each one. With such a large percentage of the population still relying heavily on traditional forms of healing, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on African governments to create conditions necessary for the use of traditional medicine to thrive on the continent. WHO’s African Regional Director has said that since 80 percent of Africans use traditional medicine for their healthcare needs, it is important for governments to promote its rational use and integration into their national health systems. He further noted that traditional medicine should be accorded with the status and respect it deserved.
This has led to greater awareness of the benefits of traditional medicine, to the extent that the last week in August is now recognized as National Traditional African Medicine week, with traditional healers and doctors working together to find auniquely African system of medicine.
What do we mean by African Traditional Medicine?
African Traditional medicine is a holistic discipline dating back more than 3500 years and involving the extensive use of indigenous herbs, sometimes combined with aspects of spirituality through prayer. It is often passed on from one generation to the next. Colonialism led to the misconception that African traditional Medicine was paganistic and implied that traditional healers were involved in witchcraft. These negative connotations have distorted the truth, wisdom and effectivity of this ancient form of healing.
In fact, history shows that the first form of medicineas we know it today did in fact originate right on the African continent. Imhotep, an Egyptian physician could arguably be considered as the founder of medicine, and it is from him that we find the first evidence and link between modern medicine as we know it today and African Traditional Medicine that is practiced throughout the continent. Many of the herbs, tools and practices used by Imhotep and his disciples form the core of both modern medicine as well as many forms of traditional healing.
In the last century, through various factors including westernization, urbanization and the decline in cultural awareness, traditional medicine has faced many challenges. The germ theory and growth of modern medicine has also shadowed the value of traditional healing. However, the fact that it remains the first port of call for so many Africans cannot be simply because of the cost effectiveness as claimed by modern medicine but rather because of the numerous benefits it still offers. Nevertheless, African Traditional Healers, together with the Department of Health government and healthcare providers have to take active strides in formalizing and structuring the modality to give it the longevity it deserves.
Tibb is a system of healing that has the same roots as African Traditional Medicine. It shares many of core principles and relies on the healing power of herbs and plants for many illness conditions. The Tibb system of healthcare, which is extensively practiced in Asia, has been introduced in our country since 1997. Tibb doctors have conducted extensive research on the link between the different forms of healing and are of the opinion that integrative medicine is possible as an answer to Africa’s health needs.
Both African Traditional Medicine and Tibb recognize the importance of spiritual health and the role it plays in the manifestation of physical disease. They also share common philosophies around the importance of elimination of blood or humoural cleansing. Tibb has therefore been active in addressing some of the educational needs of African Traditional Medicine including training on cupping therapy, the importance of lifestyle in maintaining health and managing diseases.
Let us celebrate the ancient wisdom of our ancestors not only through what we have learnt and gained, but also through commemoration, acceptance and remembrance by teaching our children. We live in a time and age where we are blessed with options. With regards to our healthcare, let us draw from the familiar and integrate into the modern to ultimately form a total and complete form of healing. We are, after all, blessed to have Africa coursing through our veins.
It is with great honour that the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb announces the appointment of its Founder Professor Rashid Bhikha as an Honorary Professor at Hamdard Al-Majeed College of Eastern Medicine, Hamdard University, Pakistan. The Institute and Hamdard University have had close collaboration since 1994 when Prof Bhikha met with the late Hakim Mohammed Said and with whom a Memorandum of Understanding exists. We are confident Professor Bhikha will fulfill this role with the same tenacity he has shown at the institute.
The Institute is committed to social development and spent its 67 minutes on the 18th of July at the Osizweni centre in Southern Johannesburg. The Insitute has partnered with Osizweni over the past 2 years assisting the organisation in fulfilling its mandate to the local communities. They provide a day-care and after-care facility caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the community.
Children from birth to 6 years receive daily meals at the day-care and are provided homework support at the after-care. Osizweni also assists in helping the orphans apply for social grants, do home visits and distribute food parcels once a month. They run support groups for caregivers. In addition they teach community members aged 18 to 22 years income generating skills such as sewing, beadwork and gardening.
Osizweni’s services include: Child Abuse Prevention, Therapy and Treatment; Economic Empowerment Programmes; Educational Support; HIV and AIDS; Information Provision and Referral Services; Life Skills Training; Nutritional Support; Psycho-Social Support; Recreational Activities; Social Welfare/Support.
Prof Rashid Bhikha presented a paper on “Ibn Sina’s Medicine: Training and Practice in the 21st Century”, at an International Symposium on: “Bridging Cultures: Celebrating Ibn Sina on the Millennial Anniversary of his Qanun fi al-tibb” – that was held at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul Turkey. Representatives from numerous countries including Canada, Syria, Azerbaijan, United States of America, China, Germany, together with many research scholars in Turkey, were invited to participate in the conference.
Topics covered included:
Prof Bhikha’s presentation included the recognition of Unani-Tibb with the Department of Health, the various training initiatives including the training of Unani-Tibb doctors, the establishment of Unani-Tibb medical practices, as well as the public awareness campaign of the Tibb medical discipline. The delegates at the conference commented positively on the progress that was made in South Africa, on the globalization of Tibb.
Tibb assists weekly support groups around the country, sponsoring a health educator, providing training information materials and training, and arranging for participants to receive a cooked meal afterwards. The regular support group at Osizweni in Ennerdale for those affected by HIV and AIDS has now grown to over 100 people. Alinah Mabaso is incorporating tips learned from her Tibb training, including engaging participants with interactive ideas and active exercise sessions and involving other facilitators such as the local Health Promoter from the Dept of Health.
On 12 February, 2013, Soweto Footprints held a palliative care event. The health educators walked the streets of Soweto, handing out and discussing health information leaflets from the Department of Health and Tibb, both major sponsors of the centre. The JMPD and SAPS assisted with traffic management and provision of a loudspeaker for the duration. The information reached a large audience, including taxi drivers, people at clinics, those manning spaza stores, residents, and passersby. Sr Mary Jwaii gave a short talk at the Walter Mandela Susulu Clinic reminding families to take care of their sick, to consider to a hospice if they can’t manage, and thanking Tibb for its support.
Prof. Bhikha handed over the keys to the vehicle to Aurum’s representative at the premises on the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb.
Osizweni Community Centre, a centre for orphans and their guardians who are infected and affected by HIV AIDS, is celebrating the completion of its roof covering on 19th January 2013. The solid timber and steel awning has been sponsored by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, and a number of private donors and Islamic Relief Worldwide SA. The awning enables activities to take place while protected from the sun and rain. This benefits support groups and community events, as well as the daycare and aftercare children who now have the space to eat and play.
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb sponsored a vehicle to the Aurum Institute on the 14th May 2012.
The vehicle will enable the Aurum Institute to reach prospective clients in local SMEs in Selby, Booysens and other areas. The vehicle is branded with both the Institutes logos further cementing the partnership between these Institutions.
Prof. Bhikha handed over the keys to the vehicle to Aurum’s representative at the premises on the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb.
The Footprints Hospice home based care service got a big boost all thanks to the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb’s R240 000 sponsorship.
Hospice manager Marry Jwani said they applied for the sponsorship in October 2011. “An inspection was carried out by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb and they were impressed by the work and efforts on the hospice”.
The funds will be used to pay the salaries of the community health nurse, the ancillary health worker and the driver.
Lucy from the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb said.”This enables them to provide health education, preventative advice, medicine support, diet improvements, practical exercise sessions and other services”. The funds also provide for food hampers and the food garden.
Prof Rashid Bhikha presented a paper on the “Progress in Education and the Practice of Unani-Tibb in South Africa”, at an International Conference on: History, Culture and Science: Asian and European Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) that was held at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum Germany. Representatives from numerous countries including Iran, France, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Pakistan, together with many research scholars in Germany, were invited to participate in the conference.
Topics covered included:
(1) Medical Knowledge and Culture Identity- Historical Perspectives;
(2) Worlds Apart? Comparison of Medical Concepts, Methods of Diagnosis and Therapy;
(3) CAM Pharmacology between Medical Practice, Science, and the Market; and
(4) Medical Pluralism Today: State, Society, and Globalization, in which Prof Bhikha participated.
Prof Bhikha’s presentation included the recognition of Unani-Tibb with the Department of Health, the various training initiatives including the training of Unani-Tibb doctors, the establishment of Unani-Tibb medical practices, as well as the public awareness campaign of the Tibb medical discipline. The delegates at the conference commented positively on the progress that was made in South Africa, on the globalization of Unani-Tibb.
Osizweni Community Centre, an educational and counseling centre for orphans and their guardians, held a Healthy Living Day on 23 February. Many local NGOS took part, including Jozi Hlomile, Siyathuthuka, and Hlergiwe Women of Destiny. Representatives from Government were also there, including the Community Worker Programme and the Department of Environmental Health.
The event started off energetically at 7am with a vigorous 5km walk around Ennerdale involving the young and young-at-heart, men, women and children. Marshals in luminous yellow jackets and a bakkie containing first aiders helped to make this part of the day go smoothly. Participants gathered to run races inside the perimeter of Osizweni, before different community groups performed songs. The local Department of Health led an exercise programme for everyone to join in. The Centre Manger, Lettie Ngubeni, and Alinah Mabaso, the Tibb Lifestyle Advisor, then celebrated the launch of the Homestead garden project – distributing 60 wheelbarrows donated by Tibb to those who were making the most effort with their gardens. 280 families from the community have now begun to establish homestead gardens. Women sold vegetables from individual gardens and from Osizweni’s community garden to those attending. And people queued patiently for the final item on the agenda: a nutritious and balanced lunch, which included centre-grown vegetables.
Anna Motloung, 58, from Mountain View, who won a medal for winning the walk and who also received a wheelbarrow, said: “I feel very happy with how Osizweni is helping me and others around me. They are encouraging me to live a healthy lifestyle, and now I have a garden I don’t struggle buying vegetables and I feel much better.”
The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb has a proud history of providing healthcare and life practices founded on age old principles of preventative integrated care and developed through rigorous scientific research. The Tibb health sciences are perfectly suited to the South African environment that requires empowering, effective and sustainable forms of health care. In keeping in with its commitment to community health the TIBB Institute works with and supports many health and care-giving NGO’s, especially in communities suffering from the devastating effects of HIV / AIDS and TB.
On 3 February 2012, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb agreed to provide R500 000 in funding to the Aurum Institute to advise on lifestyle adjustment for people living with HIV and TB within Johannesburg’s inner city. The joint initiative will be centred on Aurum’s well-established health clinic at the busy Bree Street Taxi Rank, through which 500,000 commuters pass every day, driven by more than 500 drivers. Over 20,000 people have been tested for HIV or TB by the Aurum clinic team since inception in 2008.
‘This initiative with Aurum is particularly ground-breaking’ said Professor Rashid Bhikha, founder and chairman of the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb. ‘We will assist in providing Tibb-trained nurses who can show tested patients how to take simple but important steps to improve their own health.’ Tibb will also fund a vehicle enabling Aurum to reach prospective clients in local SMEs in Selby, Booysens and other areas.
‘We’re very pleased with this new partnership, which will give a new dimension to our counseling endeavours, particularly in assisting clients to understand the importance of diet, exercise, nutrition and other health-seeking behaviours in an holistic view of health’, said Aurum Deputy CEO Dr Dave Clark, ‘and we look forward to sharing this knowledge with the City of Johannesburg Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) Programme’. The Aurum Institute is an internationally recognised, specialist research and health programme implementation organisation. Aurum has spent the last decade focused on researching, monitoring, treating and managing the HIV and TB co-epidemic, making a substantial and measurable difference to the lives of the people of Southern Africa.