Tibb-e-Nabawi Qist Al Hind





Abu Bakr ibn al ‘Arabee stated:

‘Qust (Qist, Costus) is of two types: Hindi (Indian) – which is black, and Bahree which is white. Al-Qust al-Hindi is hotter than al-Bahri.”

Ummu Qays bint Mihsan said: I heard the Messenger of Allah – صلى الله عليه وسلم – say:

It is upon you to use ‘Al-‘Uood al-Hindi’ [i.e. Qust/Costus], for indeed it contains seven cures; it is inhaled through the nostrils to relive throat aches/tonsillitis and placed in the sides of the mouth for the relief of Dhaat al-Janb [1]Collected by Bukhari and Muslim.



Dear Readers,


Eating Disorders are mental health conditions that can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environment, and lifestyle with symptoms that range from mild to debilitating and potentially life-threatening. The Prophetic Medicine approach recognizes the importance of addressing all aspects of a person’s life in order to achieve holistic healing.

Some people also look to manage eating disorders with alternative remedies, rather than with medication a doctor prescribes. On our website we have covered complementary and alternative therapies and Prophetic Medicine. complementary and alternative therapies. There are beautiful medical guidance & teachings from our Prophet Muhammad  ﷺ regarding uses of Quranic verses, Dua, natural herbs, food products, medicines, diseases, principles & etc under the heading of Tibb-e-Nabawi ﷺ (Medical Guidance of Nabi ﷺ) to treat health and mental health.


One of the most important natural remedies in Prophetic Medicine for mental health is the use of herbal remedies, today we bring to you Qist Al Hind. Qust Al Hind if used correctly can aid in your journey in recovery from eating disorders as it can help with malnutrition and many other health problems.



Please we ask you to only use this remedy under a guidance of a qualified practitioner. You should never stop taking conventional drugs without the knowledge and approval of your doctors. Always seek the services of a registered homeopath and tell your doctor if you are planning to start any new treatment, including herbal remedies.



Tibb-e-Nabawi Qist Al Hind


Al-Imam Ahmad and the authors of the Sunnan collected a Hadeeth on the authority of Jabir that the Messenger of Allah – صلى الله عليه وسلم – said:

If a child is inflicted with tonsillitis or a headache, then let his mother take al-Qust al-Hindi, scrub it with water and let him inhale it as droplets through his nostrils.


In a Hadeeth narrated by Anas that will be explained after two chapters he said:

The best thing to cure yourselves with is Hijamah and al-Qust al-Bahri.


It is understood from this Hadeeth that it is a cure for all pains, al-Qust al-Hindi is used when hot medicine is needed for treatment, and al-Bahri was described as milder, because al-Hindi is hotter than al-Bahri as has already been explained.

His statement:

For indeed it has seven cures…



There are essentially two types of Qust, Indian (Qust al Hindi) and Marine/Sea (Qust al Bahri). Both come in the form of a dried root and both have an extremely high status in Prophetic Tradition. Although the specific cures were not all mentioned in the above hadith (prophetic quote), Qust is widely acknowledged today for its powerful medicinal qualities. For example, Qust contains helicene and benzoic acid, both of which are substances that kill germs, hence the benefit in the treatment of infections and inflammations. Qust can also help kill ringworm (intestinal parasites) and if applied as an ointment can remove dry scales which are shed by the skin, including dandruff.


Imam Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah (rahimullah) said that both types of Qust provide considerable medicinal benefits. Qust is one of the remedies to always have at home which I must recommend to all my brothers and sisters who are serious about using Tibb an Nabawi to treat themselves and their loved ones.

Qust is hot and dry in the third degree and helps to dry out excess phlegm, help to remedy colds and influenza and nasal congestion. Imam Ibn Al Qayyim said that drinking an infusion of Qust helps strengthen the liver and helps to remedy weakness of digestion, slackness of the stomach, and if used as an ointment, it helps backache or rheumatic pain in the lumbar region.

Imam Ibn Al Qayyim said that Qust is also very beneficial for illnesses relating to breathing and the chest – pleurisy (a type of painful infection of the lining of the lungs), asthma, heaviness in the chest (breathing difficulties) and it helps to reduce thirst. It also helps remove freckles, fade scars and helps to control skin discolouration on the face and the chest which results from pregnancy or malnutrition.

Potential Uses:


Cold / Flu

Immune Function

Respiratory Issues

Liver Function

Mental Health


Sexual health & reproductive system in both male & females

Gastro-intestinal system

Urinary system

Fever & achey muscles

Expel Sihr & Jinn


There is a possibility that the ‘seven’ mentioned in the Hadeeth are seven methods which are the basis of how it is used as treatment; because it is either rubbed in, drank, Takmeed, Tandheel, breathed in as a smoke [incense], inhaled as liquid drops through the nostrils or placed at the sides of the mouth.

Rubbing it in is done by mixing it with oil and creams until it is smooth, likewise is Takmeed.

To drink it, it is crushed into a powder and mixed with honey, water or other liquids, likewise is Tanteel.

It is inhaled by mixing it with oil and putting droplets of it in the nostrils.

Inhaling it as smoke is clear.

With each method, there are different healing benefits, and such eloquence, coming from one who was given Jawami al Kalim[2], should not be surprising.



Disclaimer: Not to be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. If taking any medications, consult a doctor before use. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. for diagnosis or treatment consult your doctor. Caution should be taken by those with low blood pressure and when using blood thinners such as warfarin. Pregnant & breastfeeding women should ALWAYS seek advice when using any type of herb.



You can  buy Qist al Hind over-the-counter herbal remedies at drugstores and health food stores. The dosage and quality of these products depend on the manufacturer.


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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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