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Our Vision

Tibb Health Sciences is committed to providing the highest quality, clinically proven and uniquely formulated natural products to all South Africans

Our Philosophy

Tibb Health Sciences is a licensed pharmaceutical company, committed to providing the highest quality products to South Africa. This is an exciting year for us, as we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary in August 2017. All Tibb products conform to EU quality control requirements, and the Tibb manufacturing plant has been awarded internationally Acceptable Good Manufacturing Practice, ISO9001 and ASCP certification.  

Tibb‘s wide range of products are used and endorsed by more than 200 000 doctors in over 40 countries, proving that they are tried and tested. Our products are represented in the top alimentary therapeutic categories as indicated in the IMS reports. Efficacy and safety are of the utmost importance to Tibb, and all of our products can be used, either on their own, or as an accompaniment to allopathic treatment.

With solid research and clinical studies supporting our products, it’s easy to see why Tibb is rapidly becoming one of the most highly regarded pharmaceutical companies in South Africa. Tibb products cover a broad range of conditions and are backed by over a thousand clinical trials. We offer a comprehensive range of products, in a wide variety of dosage forms, making it truly accessible for the whole family. 

All Tibb products are NAPPI Coded, and are available in all Independent Pharmacies, and big pharmaceutical chains. 

“Our reputation is our biggest asset and we therefore strive for excellence through superior customer care and products of the highest quality. Choosing Tibb is not just choosing a healthcare provider, it’s choosing the right to a healthier, happier life.” -Zain Bhikha, CEO

Milestones

When It Started

1997
June

June 1997

Inspired by the philanthropic activities of Hamdard Foundation in Pakistan, Rashid Bhikha established the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb - a non-profit organisation to promote the practice and training of Tibb in South Africa. He also facilitated the establishment of the South African Tibb Association.  
1998
July

July 1998

The Institute supports local government by establishing a PHC clinic in Kagiso, West Rand
1999
January

January 1999

The Institute establishes its first Tibb clinic in Johannesburg
April

April 1999

The Institute establishes a second PHC clinic in Leratong, West Rand
2000
May

May 2000

Tibb product sales via Be-Tabs increaased extensively throughout South Africa; through pharmacies, doctors and other medical professionals. The Tibb range increased to over 40 products
2001
July

July 2001

The Institute establishes an AIDS Home Base Care Centre in Katlehong, East Rand
August

August 2001

The Allied Health Professional Council approved the opening of a register for Unani-Tibb practitioners.
2003
January

January 2003

Training of Unani-Tibb doctors, at both, a five year Undergraduate Degree as well as a one year Postgraduate Diploma (for doctors and clinical primary healthcare nurses) commences at the University of Western Cape
2004
September

September 2004

The first cohort of students graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Unani-Tibb medicine from the University of Western Cape
2006
September

September 2006

Institute establishes a second Tibb clinic in Langa, Cape Town
2007
February

February 2007

Institute establishes a second Tibb clinic in Langa, Cape Town
April

April 2007

The first cohort of undergraduate students complete Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (Unani-Tibb) from the University of Western Cape.
2008
July

July 2008

The Institute establishes a further clinic at Saartjie Baartman Centre in Surrey Estate, Cape Town
2009
June

June 2009

Tibb Health Sciences establishes their very own trained professional national sales force. These representatives called on all retail pharmacies, health shops and select medical practitioners
2010
January

January 2010

The new management team of Tibb Health Sciences was appointed. This includes specialists in their individual categories: Marketing, Sales, Finance etc
2011
May

May 2011

Tibb Health Sciences re-brands itself and introduces their new look packaging, giving the brand a more clinical / scientific identity. The sales team is expanded from 16 to 20 representatives which now includes a doctor-focus team
2014
October

Oct 2014

Developed a Training Programme for medical doctors on “Integrating the Theory and Practice of Tibb medicine”.
2015
April

April 2015

Institute concludes an agreement with Allied Communities Network for the training of 168 Lifestyle Advisors in 84 Non-Governmental Organisations in Gauteng.
November

Nov 2015

Established: 110 wellness desk in Non-Governmental Organization across Gauteng.
2016
November

November 2016

Trained 220 Health Promoters for City of Joburg’s Department of Health as Tibb Lifestyle Advisors.

JOURNEY

The story behind the beginning of Tibb Health Sciences- Prof Rashid Bhikha

My journey towards Tibb has been a long and traumatic one. I have always had an open mind towards new ideas, new concepts and ultimately judging everything based on outcomes – if it works, use it. The value of a philosophy or practice is not that it an argued well using remarkable intelligence, but that it works for the person who is using it. The journey to Tibb began when my youngest daughter, Zaheera, became ill after a holiday to the Far East. She developed Jaundice. The onset of symptoms were slow, and the recovery period longer than usual. This was the beginning of 1992. The attack of jaundice was followed by an ‘infection’ of the lungs that affected her breathing. ‘She must have picked up a bug,’ the doctor said. I have since come to learn that this clichéd phrase is a fundamental part of the philosophy of western medicine – and that there are alternative interpretations of disease.

Believing in the quest for the ‘bug’ resulted in test after traumatic test. Her condition in the meantime deteriorated and within a month she had to use her diaphragm to breathe, as her lungs were severely compromised. A month later this complication resulted in an enlarged heart, requiring an angiogram. By the end of June a lung biopsy ‘confirmed’ the diagnosis of fibrosing alveolitis – the cause of the illness unknown, Treatment consisted of 50mg of prednisone (cortisone) daily and Zaheera needing oxygen twenty-four hours a day. The days that followed were as dark as the nights, watching her breathe with an oxygen mask and seeing her pretty little face swelling up from the side-effect of cortisone. Desperation drove us to investigate other healthcare givers – anybody who could help. We visited a Reflexologist, Aromatherapist, Colourtherapist, Energy healer and Spiritual healer.

What intrigued me was the ability of some of these healers to diagnose the condition without the technology of modern medicine. As a pharmacist who has always asked the question ‘What is the active ingredient?’, or ‘What is the mode of action?’, this was an eye opener. Eventually we visited a ‘Hakim’, a doctor that practiced Tibb, traditional Greco-Arabic medicine. He performed a pulse diagnosis from which he pronounced that she was suffering from a hardening of the lungs, caused by what he called a ‘Cold and Dry’ condition. He prescribed various herbs that Zaheera had difficulty in taking. He also advised Zaheera to eat hot spicy chicken soup.Continuing treatment with the Homeopath, the Hakim, the Reflexologist, an Aromatherapist, a Pulmonologist and Cardiologist, I started integrating the treatment between them. Within a year my daughter was swimming again and had recovered completely. Thank God. Whilst continuing treatment from all the different healers, we used modern medicine to monitor the progress. By doing lung function tests, X-rays and scans, we were able to measure her recovery.

During this period I reduced the cortisone level faster that the rate prescribed by the specialist. We continued the follow-up visits with the cardiologist and pulmonologist and maintained the integrated approach of the treatment programme. This experience was the catalyst to find a health system that has a better understanding of not only treatment methods, but also the ‘causes’ of illness. After years of research into the different philosophies of healthcare, including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and many other practices of healthcare, I uncovered the hidden history of medicine. The fathers of modem medicine, Hippocrates, Galen and Ibn Sina had elaborated on an approach to health that most modern practitioners had not even heard of. Their theory and practice of medicine has come to be known as Greco-Arabic medicine. I was surprised that so many of today’s practices of medicine are offshoots from this knowledge of medicine but that our current over-reliance on philosophical teachings of Greco-Arabic medicine. I became increasingly aware of the lack of a philosophical base in conventional western medicine.

In 1994, the formulation of South Africa’s new National Health Plan highlighted the country’s need to provide effective, affordable healthcare to all our people. The plan stressed the incusing of all role players, including traditional healers and prioritized the promotion of primary health care. Tibb, or Greco-Arabic medicine, places equal stress on the treatment of illness and the maintenance of health to prevent illness. This philosophy and practice of medicine was in keeping with the requirements of the National Health plan, and indeed that of the World Health Organization’s stated objectives – to empower individual to take care of themselves. In order to find out more about Tibb I met with the late Hakim Mohamed Said of Hamdard Foundation I Pakistan. I was inspired by the humanitarian and academic activities of the organization and more particularly the strides that the foundation had made in its Medical University where both Tibb and conventional western medicine are taught alongside each other. With the academic support of Hamdard University and following in the footsteps of Hakim Mohamed Said, I founded the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb to promote the practice of this philosophy in South Africa and to provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals and lay-people alike to learn its principles.

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