"Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.
We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work."
by Shakirah Gathoo
Bearing this thought in mind, we should consider what our bodies comprise of, and what its capabilities are, in order to achieve and maintain optimal health. This conforms with the philosophies and practices of Tibb medicine, which identifies the four main temperaments: heat, coldness, moistness and dryness.
From here, the four main temperamental types are obtained:
Sanguinous - possessing the qualities of Hot and Moist,
Phlegmatic - qualities of Cold and Moist,
Bilious - qualities of Hot and Dry
Melancholic - the qualities of Cold and Dry.
Eating correctly, according to one's temperament ensures a safe and natural way of life.
Eating incorrect foods create physical reactions in the body, as well as adverse effects.
In Tibb, a person's temperament may be diagnosed according to a list of criteria.
This would then ascertain which Temperamental type best suits or describes the patient.
The following are a variety of foods, which have been recorded as Sunnah, which contain healing properties.
They have not been categorized for any particular Temperament.
Arguably one of the most widely recognized and most consumed Sunnah foods is honey. Its properties and healing effects are numerous. To list but a few, honey is a food, a medicine, a tonic, a vitality booster, a detoxicant, a food for bees, a cosmetic product, a disinfectant, a cure for night blindness and lice.
2) Zam Zam
The blessed water of Zam Zam. It is known to be a cure for all skin ailments, to lower a fever, and provide relief from most medical conditions. Zam Zam is an excellent skin toner and natural beautifier- giving you a healthy, glowing skin.
Dates are an excellent source of phosphorus, vitamins B and C and iron. A source of nourishment, energy and strength. Dried dates aid in general lethargy. Promotes menstruation in cases of delayed menstruation.
Water is not only fluid medium, necessary for normal, healthy functioning of the body. It is a source of vitality and hydration. It flushes toxins from the body and aids in cell renewal and rejuvenation.
5) Black Seed
Black seed, also known as Nigella Sativa, Kulunji, Black Cumin or Habbatus Sauda. A cure for all ailments except death.
Vinegar. Besides being a common condiment, it is an excellent cure for blue bottle stings, makes a good mouthwash and gargle, kills intestinal parasites and prevents tooth decay.
Olives and olive oil. A most beautiful base oil, a medicine in its own right, used in the successful reduction of cancers and stomach ulcers, a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and a cure for head lice.
Melons. A superb source of distilled water containing a range of essential minerals. Melons soothe the heart, nourish and cool the body and cleanse the bladder and liver.
Raisins are sweet grapes which have been left to dry during a natural process. An excellent source of iron for anaemia. Rich in carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins.
These are but a few examples of the Mercy and Wisdom of The Most High, Most Great.
We hope to showcase many more in the future.
May we all benefit from the cures and remedies provided so generously to us...
Shakirah Gathoo is a proud Muslimah, wife, mother to three sons and a daughter,
a published writer and a Health Care Professional,
with special interest in healthier alternatives to achieve holistic wellness and well-being.