Constipation – Tibb-e-Nabawi


رَبَّنَا إِنَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Prophet’s Guidance on treating Constipation

روى الترمذىُّ فى “جامعه” وابن ماجه فى “سننه” من حديث أسماء بنت عُمَيْسٍ، قالت: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “بماذا كُنتِ تَسْتَمْشِينَ” ؟ قالت: بالشُّبْرُم، قال: “حَارٌ جَارٌ”. قالت: ثم استمشيْتُ بالسَّنا، فقال: “لو كان شىءٌ يَشْفِى من الموتِ لكانَ السَّنا”.

Tirmizi and Ibn Majah narrated that the Messenger of Allah asked Asma Bint Umais Radi Allaho Anha, “How do you deal with constipation? She said, by using Shubrum (Euphorbia). Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam said, it is hot and a strong laxative, she then said, in addition I use Senna and the Prophet replied, if there is a cure that prevents death, it would be Senna “.

وفى “سنن ابن ماجه” عن إبراهيم بن أبى عَبلة، قال: سمعتُ عبد الله ابن أُم حرام، وكان قد صلَّى مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم القبْلتين يقول: سمعتُ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: “عليكم السَّنا والسَّنُوت، فإنَّ فيهما شفاءً مِنْ كلِّ داءٍ إلا السَّامَ”، قيل: يا رسول الله؛ وما السَّامُ ؟ قال: “الموتُ

Furthermore, Ibn Majah narrated that Abudllah bin Umm Haram said that he heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “Use Senna and Sanoot, because they cure every disease except Saam“. He was asked, “What is Saam?” He said, “Death“.

Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam asked the woman about what she uses to treat constipation, meaning what cure she uses to help soften the stool, so that the body is able to get rid of its harmful waste.

In another narration of the Hadith, Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam asked Asma about what she uses to cure constipation, and she mentioned the Shubrum (Euphorbia), which is the bark of the root of Euphorbia tree and which is dry and hot in the fourth degree. The best type of Shubrum is the one that is reddish in color, which is soft and feels like wrapped skin.

Shubrum is among the medications that doctors do not advise people to use because it is a very strong laxative. In the Hadith, our beloved Prophet described Shubrum as being hot and a strong laxative.

Senna is a plant that grows in HIJAZ (Western Arabia) and the best kind of it grows in Makkah, Senna is hot and dry in the first degree and it is a good, mild medication that does not cause any side effects. Senna helps against bile and black bile ailments and strengthens the heart. Senna is useful against melancholic obsession and corporal incisions, relaxes the muscles and improves the hair. It helps against lice, headache, mange, pustules, rashes and epilepsy. It is better to cook Senna as a whole and drink three measures of its soup than cooking it crushed. In addition, it is better to cook the Senna mixed with violet flowers and red raisins, after removing the seeds.

Al-Razi said, Senna and fumitory help extract mature humors (bodily wastes) and helps against leprosy and rashes, when one takes four to seven measures of each remedy.

As for Sanoot (cumin), there is a difference of opinion concerning its nature. Umar bin Bakr As-Saksaki said that Sonoot is either honey or butter extract. Another opinion suggests that Sonoot is a seed that resembles the cumin, as Ibn Al-Arabi has asserted. The fourth and filth opinions suggest that Sonoot is the Persian cumin or fennel, according to Abu Hanifah Al Daynoori. The sixth opinion suggests that it is the Shibitt (DILL SEEDS), and seventh opinion suggests that it is the dates, according to Abu Bakr bin As-Sunni. The eight opinion suggests that it is honey that exists in butter-skin. Some doctors stated that the last meaning is the most probable. In this case, Sonoot is prepared by blending Senna powder with some honey mixed in Ghee, as this is better than taking Senna alone. Then, one licks the mixture that contains Senna, because of the honey & butter which assist further the laxative features of Senna, Allah Knows the Best.