Constipation is a common medical ailment and is caused by numerous factors. These range from improper and unbalanced diet to infections. It is as old as time itself and was fairly common in Arab at the time of The Holy Prophet (SAW). In those times, modern medicine had not progressed to deliver tablets, syrups and gels for its immediate treatment. Instead, the people relied on herbal remedies and food for its treatment. Even with the advent of modern medicine, their potency remains unquestionable in treating constipation. As such, they remain popular for treating constipation.
Symptoms of Constipation
Constipation generally occurs when the it becomes hard for the digestive tract to move. This movement of the digestive tract (peristalsis) moves the food from esophagus to the entire digestive tract, from which it is eventually excreted. While mostly a mild inconvenience, untreated constipation can become dangerous, causing internal poisoning, pain and even cardiac arrest. As such, it is imperative to treat constipation as soon as possible in the right way.
Treatment with Tibenabvi
The Holy Prophet (SAW) treated constipation in a manner of ways, ranging from using senna and sanoot to honey. Digestion is directly hindered by constipation, hence it becomes difficult to get the medicine to be absorbed for any effect. However, tibenabvi treatment has no side-effects and is completely safe for everyone. It relies on natural herbal remedies and foods to effectively treat the disease.
1. Drink Senna (Senna Maki) Tea
Senna is a time tested remedy for treating constipation. Simply add a few dried, or even fresh senna leaves to boiling water and let it simmer for a few minutes. After the leaves have left their extract, strain the water and drink it. The remedial effects can be amplified by simmering the senna leaves with violet flowers and red raisins (deseeded).
Senna is classified amongst the most ancient of herbal medicines and was also used by The Holy Prophet (SAW). It is native to hot and humid climates and grows on average to 1 meter in height. Senna flowers are yellow and the pods contain six to eight seeds. As Allah wills it, Makkah is abundant in the best species of senna. Senna is a mild laxative and hot in the first degree, which makes it an excellent prescription for almost any case of constipation. Senna is an effective remedy against black bile and various other stomach ailments.
As stated by At-Termezey and Ibn Majah, The Holy Prophet (SAW) inquired Asma bint ‘Umais about how she dealt with constipation. She said, “By using Shubrum”, to which The Holy Prophet (SAW) said, “It is hot and to strong laxative.” She then added she also used senna.” The Holy Prophet (SAW) replied, “If there is a cure that prevents death, it would be Senna.”
2. Black Cumin/Sanoot, Butter Extract and Honey
Black cumin on its own is a very potent medicine boasting numerous health benefits. It is an important ingredient in Middle Eastern and Subcontinental cuisine. Black cumin contains thymoquinone and nigellone oils which contribute towards bronchodilation and suppresses irregular breathing. It also functions as an antihistamine, which allows it to contain respiratory allergies.
While there are different interpretations for what sanoot actually is, scholars agree that a mixture of black cumin with butter extract and honey works to relieve constipation. The thymoquinone in black cumin also acts as anti-inflammatory, which reduces swelling in the gut, thus allowing food to pass easily and as a result, relieving constipation.
Hazrat Abu Huraira (RA) narrates that he heard The Holy Prophet (SAW) quoting “There is healing in Black Cumin for all diseases except death” (Sahih Bukhari 7:71:592).
3. Euphorbia Piteous/Shubrum for Strong Cases of Constipation
Constipation can become a serious issue under certain circumstances. In these cases, it is necessary to use strong laxatives. The strong nature of shubrum makes it perfect for dealing with such medical emergencies. It is commonly made into a tea, which is then consumed directly. It is also an excellent remedy for breathing problems and various respiratory issues. Other than treating constipation, it also clears the digestive tract of intestinal worms.