Filed under: December Volume 1 - 2008, Hakimah's Corner, Magazine/ Culture | Tags: Hakimah's Corner, Natural Medicine
By Hk. Fatimah A. Shakur
Islamic Post Staff Writer
“By the Fig and the Olive…” (95:1)
In Holy Qur’an, Allah, the Most High, swears by the honorable olive tree. Throughout the history of mankind the olive tree has played a special role in many aspects of society.
The ancient Egyptians, who are the descendants of the people to whom the Holy Messenger Idris was sent, considered the leaf a symbol of heavenly power and used olive oil to anoint their dead pharaohs in preparation for mummification. Idris is known as Enoch in the English language.
The Old Testament also spoke to the longevity of this leaf when, in Genesis, the olive leaf was brought by the dove back to the Ark of the Holy Messenger Nuh, who in English is Noah (peace be upon him). This leaf is indicated in the Old Testament as a sign that the flood had ended.
In the New Testament, the Book of Revelations refers to the “tree of life” whose leaves provided “a healing for all nations.” The tree referred to is held by many to be the olive tree.
Olive leaves, the fruit and its oil, the roots, bark and even twigs have been used medicinally in the area of the Mediterranean Sea for over 2,000 years. In recent years the media has enlightened the public to the importance of the “Mediterranean Diet” that promotes health of the heart. The main feature of this diet is olive oil expressed from olive leaves.
Olive leaf is extremely effective in treating infections and eliminating symptoms associated with chronic viral infections.
Chronic fatigue sufferers report great improvement and even elimination of symptoms caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Some of the effects reported were increased energy, reduction of pain and achiness, disappearance of debilitation fatigue, and an overall feeling of well-being.
Chronic upper respiratory symptoms (sinusitis, chronic bronchial cough, asthma, etc.) all respond favorably with olive leaf, doing away with or reducing the need for inhalers and decongestants.
Diabetics may benefit from olive leaf. Reports from animal studies suggest that a compound in olive leaf, oleuropeside, is responsible for lowering blood sugar levels. Caution– if you are diabetic do not attempt to treat yourself with olive leaf without consulting a healthcare practitioner.
Anecdotal evidence proves olive leaf to be of use in providing significant relief from pain due to arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis) as well as the pain and inflammation of fibromyalgia.
What a blessing from Allah, the Almighty Creator, is this miraculous herb. This powerhouse is safe, effective and affordable, providing an ally in the fight against illness and disease in a natural, healthy way.
Make olive leaf a part of your daily nutritional regimen. One cannot go wrong using a remedy provided by the tree that Allah swears by, Great and Glorious is He.
-Olive Leaf is available through Hikma Herbals. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*A hakimah (m. hakim) is a natural health practitioner who has received certification in traditional Islamic medicine. Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is not intended as medical advice; consult your health practitioner.
Filed under: Hakimah's Corner, Magazine/ Culture, Sept/Oct Volume - 2008 | Tags: Fasting, Hakimah's Corner, Ramadan
Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended as medical advice; consult your health practitioner.
By Hakimah Umm Tabari, Islamic Post Staff Writer
As Ramadan draws to a close and we approach the optional and highly rewarded post-Eid fasts during the Islamic month of Shawwal, it is encouraging to examine the ways that fasting benefits one from a physical perspective. Fasting helps the body restore homeostasis. Homeostasis is the near perfect balance that is found in a healthy body. It is the normal interaction between all of the systems and organs. Disruption of this state leads to the development of illness and disease. When one fasts during the prescribed time period, the body is able to perform it’s various functions unhampered by the demands placed on it by the constant eating and drinking of snack food, devitalized fast food, sodas, and other things that do not support the heath of the human body. As this homeostasis is restored, the delicate interplay between systems is kicked up a notch and fine-tuning of body functions begins. This restorative process allows for the strengthening of the immune system– the all-important system in the body that protects one from becoming a victim to the manifold pathogens (bacteria, viruses, etc.) that are ever-present in the environment.
Fasting provides rest for the digestive and metabolic systems. The Islamic fasting requires that one meal taken in the pre-dawn hours and another after sunset. Since a lunar calendar is used, this time period changes from year to year so one may fast anywhere from 13 hours to 18 hours, depending on the season. Since absolutely no food or drink is taken during this time the body has the opportunity to work on breaking down and eliminating excess food, stored fat, and extra cellular debris, in essence “cleaning house.” It is important to note that in order to gain these benefits one must protect the body against the extravagance of huge sehri (pre-dawn) meals and iftari meals that are heavily laden with fats and sugars and are difficult to digest. It is necessary to maintain a balanced diet during this time to aid the body in its work. Equally important is to get as much water between iftar and sleeping and with suhur, to ward off dehydration, especially if the fasting day is long or very hot.
Fasting can be a weight management tool. While the main focus of Ramadan is to receive the most spiritual benefit possible from the fasting, prudent preparation of the meals taken can allow one to moderate their eating habits and lose weight by choosing foods that are nutrition rich and avoiding high caloric, high sugar foods that one is used to snacking on throughout the day normally. Foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good protein sources such as chicken, fish, beans and legumes, eggs and some dairy products like yogurt and cheese are the best sources to choose from when planning meals. Good eating habits acquired during Ramadan should be maintained after the month ends.
Remember that thirty days is an excellent length of time to establish a new habit and break an old one. Studies have shown that a lower caloric intake is associated with longer life spans and many of the people studied who lived well into their 90’s and 100’s were people who were conservative in their eating habits and fasted regularly.
Fasting provides mental and emotional stability. During Ramadan one is reminded to show restraint in all things and this causes a positive effect on one’s mental health. Fasting causes one to become more introspective and more attentive to the spiritual aspects of life. Avoiding unhealthy practices such as smoking, drinking and overeating helps one feel healthier and happier, creating a more stable mental outlook. Poor eating habits can lead to health problems i.e., low blood sugar, headaches, insomnia, etc., that in turn lead to behavior and or attitude problems. Many fasting people report that they have more energy (especially after the first week) and feel more content and tranquil. They report being able to cope better with stresses in their lives. This feeling of tranquility leads to health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, better sleeping habits, reduction in anxiety and depression and better control of behavior. Of course much of this is due to the increased ibadah (worship) that is performed, for that in itself is a healing.
Filed under: Hakimah's Corner, Magazine/ Culture, Sept/Oct Volume - 2008 | Tags: cancer, Hakimah's Corner, Medicine
Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended as medical advice; consult your health practitioner.
By Hakimah Razia A. Mumin, Islamic Post Staff Writer
Allah knows best why a person gets cancer. Believers have a better understanding of the pre-ordained life span on this earth, and the tests and trials we must endure (and pass) as well. All of this may in turn assist with the healing process, or the transition to the Hereafter.
Cancer is not one disease but many diseases brought about by abnormal cell growth. With almost all illnesses, if you act quickly to remove the problem, you will have more success in eliminating and destroying the source (God willing). In the case of cancer, the source of the problem are the invading parasites and bacteria.
The most commonly found parasite in cancer patients is called (Fasciolopsis buskii) the human intestinal fluke or flatworm. These parasites live quietly inside of our bodies mass-producing, passing their excrement and eggs out along with our waste. When their eggs and waste leave the body on a regular basis (as ours should), the parasitic infestation stays at a low tolerable level. However, when they don’t leave, due to a continued poor diet, constipation, excess sugar, stagnation, stress, low water intake to (flush them out), what ever the many possible reasons; millions of parasites continue to mass produce inside of us, completing their full cycle of life, this becomes the proper environment for cancer cells to grow. If they go through their development in your breast it becomes breast cancer. If they go through their development in your prostate it becomes prostate cancer.
Cancer is an illness that usually occurs when people consume large amounts of devitalized foods on a regular basis. Some people call them ‘comfort foods’. Other factors in this equation are chemical toxins; radiation, environmental pollution, stress, and poor nutrition which break down the immune system and cause our bodies to become ‘auto intoxicated’. We poison ourselves with poor food choices. Processed foods which have been robbed of their natural minerals and vitamins are the culprits here, and as a consequence, do much harm to us. Their low costs have a lot to do with the fact that we eat them so frequently, and in such abundance.
In order to decrease the occurrence of cancerous cell growth, we must stop destroying our health, by eliminating artificial foods from our diet. On an average, we excrete about a pound of artificial substances monthly; dyes, preservatives, and unnatural fillers. We should eat more organic foods; green vegetables, fruits, wholesome grains, and foods that are in season. Grow them in your garden. You can par boil them and freeze them for winter use.
Every minute of the day and night, our bodies are fighting, a never ending battle, to detoxify and eliminate noxious substances that invade our bodies. Good health is a blessing, worth its riches in gold. We seem to concentrate on good health after we, or someone very close to us, becomes sick. We can help our bodies’ task of keeping us healthier, by cutting back on denatured foods. Our digestive, immune, and respiratory systems must be in, top notch, shape at all times to help in the battle to stay well. It is important to have a good balance oxygen, water, salt, potassium, fats (oils), and lack of exercise, otherwise, there can be serious illnesses.
Here are the reasons why:
Oxygen: It is outside and inside of our blood which flows throughout the body. If our levels are low we become tired, we lack mental clarity, and memory loss, and the blood can’t carry the toxins out of the body promptly. A raised oxygen level saturates the blood by keeping our blood acidity levels down. Without oxygen our blood becomes thick and it makes for a very unhappy life that is certain to involve illness. Air pollution, and lack of deep breathing, cuts our oxygen supply dramatically; and we suffer physically as a result.
Water: As with oxygen, our blood becomes thick without it, then we can’t push the toxins out of our systems and our blood becomes acidic (another cause of arthritis). This condition may cause the cartilage in the bones to dissolve. Water puts much needed oxygen into the blood stream and helps us with digestion. Nothing kills life quicker than the lack of water. Those with the worst health conditions drink less water than healthier people. Asthma is a condition resulting from lack of water. Water can be harmful if it passes through corrosive pipes. City dwellers need to investigate water filters for their faucets. Check your city’s water source. You could be drinking purified sewer water!
Salt: Sodium is an indispensable mineral which helps maintain proper water balance, assists in muscle contraction, aids in proper functioning of nervous system, and maintains the correct balance of acid in our blood and urine. One teaspoon of salt has about 2000 mg of sodium. The average recommended daily allowance is about 8 grams. Iodized salt is a poison, as is white sugar. Kelp or dolce ( which are two different forms of sea weed) is healthier and also a good sea salt. One of the best salts to ingest is Celtic Sea Salt, which is grey in color and full of vitamins and minerals. In early European history, people were deprived of salt as a form of torture; they literally went mad. Visit the web site realsalt.com .
Potassium: It helps release energy from cells, and is important in maintaining a normal heart beat. This element, helps regulate acid-base balance, manufactures glycogen and protein; and is found in the following foods; prunes, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, mangoes, wheat germ, peanuts, broccoli, carrots and bananas.
Fats/oils: . Fat is an essential part of every cell in the body. Stored fats act as a concentrated form of energy, which can replace carbohydrates. Since vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble; fat is necessary for their proper utilization in the body. Good fats are ghee, coconut oil, organic butter, olive oil and 100% natural oils. Man made oils such as Canola, vegetable (genetically engineered soy bean oil), corn, and cotton seed oil are harmful and should be avoided at all costs. They cause free radical, which cause cancer, [free radical is closely associated with oxidative damage more familiar by analogy with the process of rust formation of iron exposed to oxygen]. These oils don’t fare well with high heat during frying. Their compositions are changed into chemicals which are carcinogenic.
Exercise: The best form of exercise is walking. Moving the body on a regular basis is the best medicine for keeping circulation flowing and health at it’s maximum. There is NO way around exercise, you must do it to become, and maintain good health!
There have been many tried and true remedies for cancer, however, altering the way you think is the first step in conquering this illness God willing. Your emotional health and stress level can definitely contribute to the healing process.
In many people illnesses are created by way of negative emotions and bad habits looming from the past. Pain, be it physical or emotional, is a difficult test to conquer. When you are free from physical and emotional pain, you can then become more receptive to healing. You must forgive and let things go (as taught in Islam). Healing is a spiritual, physical and emotional process, which takes strength, and endurance.
When treating cancer the first line of attack is to clean the blood stream and the colon. Skin brushing helps eliminate trapped toxins from the skin and helps with circulation. Deep breathing exercises help the lungs get ride of toxins. Drinking the juice of an organic lemon and water every morning helps the liver and the kidneys with the tasks of processing and removing toxins. Organic or home-made vinegar is also a good start for the day. You should do combinations or all of the following things to combat cancer.
Drink six to eight glasses of herbal teas/water daily. Vegetable juices are very helpful. Try: celery, carrot, beets, parsley, cucumber, and ginger. Fruit juices are also beneficial, however, be aware of food combinations. It is very important, at this time, to never combine fruits and vegetables in one sitting, unless authorized by a Hakeem/Hakeemah.
Get plenty of exercise, fresh air and sunshine. Never cook in aluminum utensils.
Sweat baths and a rubbing with mineral salts are a good stimulant for the body.
Eliminate meat from your diet for a good, long while because it is hard to digest and full of chemicals. Eat lots of pumpkin seeds; parasites don’t like their taste.
Enemas are a very fast way of removing toxins and will also bring down fevers.
Remember, it has been shown that this illness is brought about by a parasitic infestation and when you cut off their food supply by changing your diet, you can flush them out.
There are many accelerators that cause cancer, here are a few:
Microwave ovens ~ Studies are finding all kinds of carcinogens in microwave plastic, which also seeps into your food.
Hair Dyes ~ Chemicals such as diaminoanisole and FD& C Red 33 are found in most hair dyes. Both chemicals are carcinogenic and linked to Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Multiple Myeloma.
Talc ~ Which is a mineral found in mines, when processed to become a minute fiber, is very similar to asbestos. If not removed, inhalation of this powder is sometimes cancer causing. Talc is found in medicated powders, baby powder and perfumed powders. An alternative is to make your own. Add essential oils to rice flour which works just as well and isn’t harmful.
Cosmetics ~The human skin is extremely permeable; what ever you apply to it soaks into your blood stream. A warning is “if you can’t eat it don’t use it.” An experiment proving this point, is to weigh yourself and then sit in a bathtub full of water for 1hr (if you can). You will find that you are heavier!
Radon ~ a common gas emitted from, say, a furnace. Have your home checked for it.
Ex-Rays ~Avoid at all costs
Mycotoxins (from mold) ~These are toxins produced by fungus. Cheaply produced foods are more likely be contaminated. Moldy cheese, fruits, nuts, bread, cereals, corn, wheat, and vegetables can all develop Mycotoxins. The consumers can do nothing to control Mycotoxins except to stay away from cheap foods and anything with mold on it.
Asbestos ~Nearly every American will or has been exposed to some sort of asbestos in their lives. Over 5000 products still contain asbestos. It is linked to lung, kidney, abdominal, and gastrointestinal cancer.
Cell Phones ~Read the fine print!
Sanitary napkins ~Make your own!
Herbs that can be used for cancer are as follows:
African cayenne, blood root, burdock root, violet leaves, yellow dock, blue flag, red clover, dandelion root, golden seal, chaparral, garlic, pau D’ arco, parsley, echinacea, guggul gum, green tea, tumeric, garlic, milk thistle seed, cordyceps mushroom, maitake mushroom, astragalus root, poria mushroom, and rhubarb root. The list truly goes on. Each country has thousands of successful remedies for this disease. The most important thing to do is to strengthen your immune system.
Use these herbs combinations that are good for you. You can put them in [vegetable] capsules or drink them as tea.
Multi vitamins can be taken daily with excellent results. Of benefit are extra A, C, B-complex as are the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc.
This remedy was used by American Indians but has been changed throughout the years.
20 parts burdock root
4 parts slippery elm bark
1 part rhubarb root
16 parts sheep sorrel
1 part blessed thistle
1 part kelp
1 part red clover
1 part water cress
Use stainless steel pots, or glass
2 gallons of water
Add herbs in your desired amounts, such as cups or ½ cups, or tablespoons if you want a smaller batch
Example; 20 cups of burdock root, 4 cups slippery elm etc
Add herbs to a pot of water, bring to a boil, let stand in water for at least 6 hours, stir vigorously, let stand another 6 hours.
Strain, store in a cool dark place, and seal in air tight containers.
The Hoxey Formula
This is a classic American formula used by Harry Hoxey. His grandfather used it to cure farm animals with cancerous lesions. This formula is a blood purifier; it cleanses the liver, and lymphatic systems. Use equal parts of the following herbs:
Red clover blossoms
Oregon grape root
Prickly ash bark
Wild indigo root
We should fear none save Allah the Most High, the Knower of all our affairs. Know that there is no substitute for Allah Almighty.
The Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) said “What have I to do with this world? As regards this world, I am like a rider who rests under the shade of a tree, and continues his journey, then leaves it.”
The soul was created before the body. Allah is the Healer, and in this place of test and trial, each challenge is another hurdle to jump. This is why we say cancer kills some people and, others, it just sets them free!