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The Little Qanun of Ibn Sina

Little Model of the Great Qanun

Kadircan Hidir Keskinbora

Ibn Sina wrote many books on various scientific branches, many of which are on philosophy, religion, music, medicine, astronomy, physics, and natural sciences. Some sources state that the number of books he has written is over 240; 153 of these have been discovered. Among his valuable books, the two most well-known books are «al-Shifa», which deals mostly with philosophy, and the five-volume «al-Qānūn Fī al-Tibb», which is a complete medical encyclopedia. The Little Qanun is the model of «al-Qānūn». The idea of publishing this book struck the author’s mind when he thoroughly dealt with Avicenna’s views and thoughts. It is hard to imagine such discoveries were generated more than one thousand years ago.

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[17A] The second article


This chapter is related to the energy of food and beverages.5

Chapter one: The energy of the grains

Wheat is first-degree hot, wet, and highly nutritional.

Barley is first-degree cold and dry, low in nutrition, and gives (the body) a bloated feeling and causes gas.

White chickpea is first-degree hot, wet, and heats the body.

The red chickpea and black chickpea are hotter than the white chickpea.

The lentil is first-degree cold, second-degree dry, and could have negative sight effects. The jawsheer and the bird seed both are cold, dry, and then have good effect on the abdominal area.

The broad bean is first-degree cold and dry, causes gas, and is low in quality.

The cumin seed is first-degree hot and second-degree dry, causes anger. Mung (mash) is first-degree cold and wet, and high in quality.

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