Avicenna’s Medicine

Who Was Avicenna?

Avicenna was a renowned Persian scientist and doctor born in what is today Uzbekistan (then part of Iran) in 980 C.E. His most important work, The Cannon of Medicine, (El Kanun fi’ Tib) was used and taught in the medical faculties of European universities for many years. Avicenna, (the Latinised version of his actual name, Ibn Sina) is known as one of the most important scientists of all time. In addition to medicine, the polymath Avicenna, known also in the West as ‘the master physician’ also specialised in the study of mathematics, physics, philosophy and astronomy.

What is Avicenna Traditional Medicine?

In addition to be the first physician to perform an appendectomy, he also broke fresh ground with his highly successful treatments for illnesses such as cataracts, diabetes and schizophrenia which up to that point had been deemed untreatable. In Avicenna’s traditional medicine, the body is made up of 4 humours (sanguineous, bilious, serious and atrabilious) which vary in proportion according to a person’s physical and psychological characteristics and each of the 4 main elements (fire, air, water and earth) are present in each humour to varying proportions. Each organ, illness, food, plant and even animals, seasons and places were ascribed a humour. A person becomes ill when their humours are out of balance. So, in short, Avicenna’s traditional medicine, a total method, is predicated upon physical and mental balance. The doctor first identifies your type of humour imbalance and works to restore balance.

1. Nourishment Treatment

According to Avicenna, each person is nourished in 8 ways (food, smell, sound, sight, thought, touch, sex and socially).

Your doctor will inquire into your nourishment habits and ensure that you make the necessary changes so that your physical and mental balances are restored.

2. Cupping

3. Bloodletting

4. Leeching (Hirudotherapy)


WARNING: Everyone is unique. This means that the treatment length, planning and results may be different for yourself. The information you see here are is the resulting average from a large range of samples.