Have A Baffling Health Condition?

If truth be told, 95% of the people who come to our HijamaHerbs practice are people who have a health condition that baffles most people. Case in point: A few weeks ago, a young couple came to see me. The man said he has a terrible pain on his mid back, near his shoulder blades, and asked if I can help him.

I pressed on his points to check for the blockages in his body and tracked the “path of pain”, as I usually do. Then I told him that I may be able help him. He said, “Good, I have been to the doctors several times, and they ran all their tests but couldn’t find anything wrong with me. After a few times of seeing the doctor, he got upset and told me to get out of his office as he thought I was just playing around and wasting his time.” The wife said desperately, “Please help my husband as he has not slept for 4 nights due to the pain.”

Doctors only test for physical symptoms. When running tests, If their machines don’t register anything they will tell their patient that there is nothing wrong with them, and that its all just in their head. Unfortunately, the patient still feels the pain and wonders what to do about it. Sometimes, the doctor may be able to find the problem, but in their world, it may be a condition that’s been labeled as incurable, such as migraines or sciatica. In this case, they would give painkillers to reduce the pain, but that does not heal the ailment. On the other hand, we test for 3 levels of pain – physical, emotional and sihr/jinn. And the treatment is done accordingly. And we believe that all ailments are curable (Hadith, Bukhari 7:582). Some people have the knowledge and some don’t.

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To Relieve Pain, We Track The “Path of Pain”

A couple of days ago, a woman called me to ask about a pain she was having on her shoulders. She said she only wants to do hijama on one side of her shoulders and she needs only one or two cups. I told her that is not the right way to relieve her pain. It may provide little relief only temporarily. Or it can have the adverse effect of increasing the pain due to cuts made at the wrong spots.

I explained to her, “For real relief, we need to track the entire path of pain as the pain is normally not localized in one or two spots but runs a path. We need to track the path of pain and then cup along the entire path.”

When there is pain in the body, we need to track the path of pain. Just putting one or two cups directly on the pain spots is a poor way of dealing with pain. For lasting relief, we need to track the path of pain and cup the entire path.

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Get Rid of Gallstones, But Keep Your Gallbladder

Each year about 750,000 cholecystectomies (gallbladder removals) are performed in the US, making it one of the most common surgeries. It also happens to be one of the most unnecessary surgeries!

That is largely because many doctors believe there is no other way to remove gallstones. They also believe that the gallbladder doesn’t serve much of a purpose, and that you should be able to function just fine without it. They are wrong.

Suffering from gallstone pain? You may not need to have your gallbladder removed. That’s according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, in which researchers examined 17,000 cases of gallbladder pancreatitis. 80% of participants who suffered an attack had their gallbladder removed within one month due to doctor’s recommendations, but 2,500 patients did not have their gallbladder taken out, they recovered and continued on with their regular life activities.

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Eidul Adha Mubarak 2017

Eidul Adha Mubarak 2017
Wishing all Muslims Eidul Adha Mubarak. May Allah grant us all peace, health and prosperity.

Jazakullahu Khair.

P/S: We are taking a vacation to Malaysia to visit family and celebrate Eid there. As such, the HijamaHerbs office shall be closed till Sep 10, 2017.

Natural Healing for Psychosomatic Ailments

Yesterday, I had a young man who came to see me with his wife. Earlier, his wife had frantically called me several times saying her husband has intense pain on his mid-back and couldn’t sleep due to the pain. When he came in, he said he couldn’t sleep for the past 4 nights and asked if hijama can help his condition.

I checked his points on his mid-back to find the “path of pain”, as I usually do. After my examination, I told him that hijama can indeed help relieve his pain. And I further informed him that his back pain is actually brought by emotional reasons. When I told that to him, he was astonished and asked for more clarification. I told him this is what is known as psychosomatic disorders whereby the physical ailment is due to emotional triggers like stress and anxiety.

Your neck and shoulder pain may not be coming from physical source like herniated disc, pinched nerve or bulging disc. It may be coming from an emotional source like worry, stress and anxiety. This is what is known as psychosomatic ailments. Psychosomatic ailments are not fake illness. However, many doctors are not well versed in treating these ailments, and they tell their patients its “all in your head”, and send them home without any resolution.

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Natural Remedy for Relieving Neck Pain

Neck pain can include your neck feeling stiff that makes it difficult for you to turn the head from side to side, or you feel a stabbing pain in one spot in the lower part of your neck, or feeling soreness (not sharp) in the neck, or pain that is radiating to the shoulders and arms. Sometimes pain in the neck can also affect the muscles and nerves in your head, giving you pain on the sides of the head.

If neck pain symptoms continues on, it can make it difficult for you to sleep. The pain may also make it difficult to do other common things, such as getting dressed or going to work, or any activity that involves turning the head, such as driving or putting on your hijab (for ladies).

The neck is a delicate, hard-working area of your body that connects your body with your head and is very prone to strains and damage. Common causes of neck pain can come from straining due to poor posture, osteoarthritis, and everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or sleeping the wrong position.

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HijamaHerbs for Upper Shoulder Pain

Upper shoulder pain or commonly called frozen shoulder means the connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint has become inflamed and stiffened causing chronic pain, tenderness, and restricted movement of shoulder. There could also be swelling or numbness at the affected area.

Usually, you would notice that one arm is hard to move. To lift the arm is painful and the shoulder aches so much so that at night it becomes difficult to fall asleep, aggravated by moving the shoulders.

A common cause of shoulder pain is soreness of the tendon (a cord that attaches a muscle to a bone) of the rotator cuff. This is the part of the shoulder that helps circular motion. You might experience soreness after painting, lifting items, or playing a sport—anything that requires you to lift your arms.

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The Dark Side of Prescription Drugs for Insomnia

Insomnia is an ailment where you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, you may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. And you may not feel refreshed when you wake up.

Your first impulse may be to reach for a sleeping pill. Although this can help you to get some much needed rest, its better to think of them as a temporary aid. Prolonged use of medical drugs for sleeping have a dark side that you need to be aware of. Better to turn to natural remedies to help you sleep.

Before you take that prescription drug for insomnia, please consider the consequences. Common side effects of prescription sleeping pills such as Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien, Rozerem, and Halcion includes constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, difficulty keeping balance, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth or throat and tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs.

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Blood Pressure Shifa – Natural Healing for Hypertension

Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When your heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is called diastolic pressure.

Your blood pressure is measured with both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number). A reading of less than 120/80 is considered normal blood pressure. More attention is given to systolic blood pressure (upper number) as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. An upper reading of 120 to 139 denotes the person is at prehypertension. An upper reading of 140 to 159 denotes the person is at Hypertension stage 1. An upper reading of 160-179 denotes the person is at Hypertension stage 2. An upper reading of 180+ is considered Hypertensive crisis and the person should be brought to the emergency care immediately.

A normal blood pressure is reading is 120/80 or lower. If it goes above those numbers, there is reason for concern. In most people, systolic blood pressure rises steadily with age due to the increasing stiffness of large arteries, long-term build-up of plaque and heart related weaknesses.

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Health Benefits of A Plant Based Diet

Scientific findings now prove that a plant based diet no only prevent people from getting sick, but they also help heal people from their sickness and make them well again. Many people who switch to a whole food, plant-based diet are reporting that they are feeling well and alive again – something pharmaceutical drugs can’t do because those drugs only manage symptoms rather than treat the cause of sickness. Also, those drugs bring with them terrible side effects that make people feel worse, not better.

A plant based diet offers tremendous benefits to people, especially people with heart disease and type 2 diabetes. There are countless examples of individuals who, by changing their diet, have been able to reduce their dosage of pharmaceutical drugs under their doctor’s supervision. Increasingly more physicians now support plant-based diets as the foundation of medical treatment for a variety of chronic diseases.

A plant-based diet can help to promote weight loss and help to maintain your goal weight. Weight loss commonly occurs because the diet consists of foods that are full of fiber and have a high water content, which promotes the feeling of fullness. A plant-based diet helps to improve blood glucose levels in those who have diabetes or are prediabetic. It has also been seen to help lower blood pressure.

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