Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Pusat Rawatan Islam Al-Hidayah

Dear students,

I did not have time to teach you in detail on the topic of Islamic Medicine - Quranic Medicine & Prophetic Medicine. I'm still searching. There are websites that touch on these topics.

Here is information on Quranic Medicine.

If you visit the page, you will see many conditions listed. There are basically 6 categories of conditions that they treat: pediatric, terminal, fertility, mental/psychological disturbances, addiction, and medical problems.

Pediatric cases include:
Down Syndrome, nephrotic syndrome, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, hyperactive, and late brain development.

Terminal conditions include:
Cancers, systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE), AIDS and HIV.

Fertility problems include:
Fibroid, ovarian cyst, endometriosis, and low sperm count.

Mental/Psychological conditions include:
Conditons resulting from sihir jin, syaitan and iblis, saka, santau, rasuk, susuk, and depression.

Addiction cases include:
Drug addiction, gambling, and alcoholism.

Other cases include:
Diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, gallstones, renal/kidney problems, epilepsy, rheumatism, hepatitis and neurological problems.

My comments:

DIABETES is kencing manis. There is presently no 100% cure known for diabetes nor can the condition be reversed 100% nor does it go away for good. But the condition can be controlled in many ways, for which patients perceived themselves as "cured" or even "cured for good". Death from diabetes is inevitable in the long run but patients die from complications of diabetes, not diabetes itself (i.e., not diabetes per se). Control measures include dietary restrictions, especially carbohydrate intake - there is a need to reduce the amount of rice taken - major source of carbohydrate in our Malaysian diet. The type of rice used and the way the rice is cooked also matter. The usual rice that we take (beras Siam #1 or any of the Malaysian rice variety) is rich in carbohydrate. The rice can be cooked in the usual manner but half way through cooking, the rice water needs to be drained (discarded) and fresh boiled water can be added. The rice is left to cook. This will remove starch from the rice and give a bland taste to the rice (nasi rasa payau). When cooked in this way, the patient can still consume the rice and body weight is easier to control. Another way is to switch to Beras Basmati (or beras wangi). This is an Indian rice variety and is grown in India where the soil is rich in calcium. The rice contains little starch. The patient can eat this rice but because this calcium-rich rice is tasteless, patients tend to eat very little rice. This rice has a plus point - it takes away hunger, i.e., patients only need to eat a little Basmati rice and this will make them feel full for a long time, so patients tend to lose weight rather than gain weight. The Indians eat this rice and can work all day long without additional food between meals.

HYPERTENSION needs proper attention. We eat rice with other accompanying dishes (lauk). Rice is unsalted but the accompanying dishes are what give us a lot of problems. We don't seem to be able to control our salt intake. Salt is usually added to our dishes during cooking, so we have to get the cooks/chefs to control how much salt they add to our food while cooking. But because a lot of the food we eat today are buffet style, they need to last longer than normal, for extended eating times. As such cooks/chefs add more salt to food than necessary so food last longer especially for buffets. There are too other appetizers and condiments are which are salty - ikan bilis, ikan masin, sambal belacan, etc. There are also salted eggs and salted vegetables. It will be better to control intake of these foods in order to avoid hypertension or to help control hypertension. The other source of hypertension is STRESS - exam stress (for students), love stress (for couples), work stress (for working adults), old-age stress (for elderly) and other stress of various sorts.

HEART problems can be an underlying disease and undetectable for a long time (chronic process). When it does show clinical symptoms (what the doctors can detect and therefore investigate), it is too late and often it is irreversible. Surgery is the next best alternative. So prevention is better than cure. Prevention covers 3 aspects - food, exercise and attitude (mood). Good healthy clean nutritious food is best. Constant exercise or movements are good for the muscles and bones. Having a positive attitude and being happy is the best cure for all human problems relating to the heart. Of course a dead heart (a deceased person) can't wake up! The opposite of being happy is being depressed. So try to adjust life to be more on the happy side and enjoy life, but within limits (not beyond limits). You can jump or bounce high, but you still need to keep your feet on the ground. Life has rules - stick to the rules in life. You break the rules, you suffer the consequences. You have yourself to blame for whatever goes wrong with your body, including heart problems. So live safely, healthily and be happy - to guard your own heart. Don't create unnecessary heartache and get heart problems. Heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) can be avoided. Heart problems are created after all.

GALLSTONES are worth studying. Dietary change is a key means to overcoming gallstones. There are now 3 cures known for gallstones:
(i) Surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholescystectomy) - this procedure costs RM3,000.00
(ii) Take olive oil for 3 days until the gallstones dissolve -cheap; olive oil is RM25 per bottle.
(iii) Quranic Medicine - cheap; RM10 per appointment

Prof Faridah


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