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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diabetes is a complex disease which ravages the entire body. It leads to widespread damage in the body which includes damages to the heart, kidney, eyes and nerves. After the death of my mother due to diabetes, I have made it my personal mission to seek natural ways to heal this disease. I have come to a realization that conventional medical industry does not heal diabetes (nor do they want to), they only treat the symptoms.
My father was a high ranking medical doctor (Director of Health for 25 years, now retired) of my native country, Malaysia. My younger brother is a doctor who runs 3 medical clinics. Another younger brother of mine is an orthopedist (bone specialist) at a hospital. My brother-in-law is the head of the large city hospital. Yet, in spite of being surrounded by doctors and taking their drugs and even after undergoing surgery (her leg was amputated due to gangrene), my mother’s condition only continued to deteriorate and she eventually succumbed to her death.
Within your body, there runs a life force that makes you alive and strong. If the life force gets weak, it makes you feel sluggish and tired. This life force travels within the human body along channels known as meridians. This life force is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Prana by the Indians, Ki by the Japanese and Great Spirit by the Native Red Indians. For all these cultures and many others, the idea of life force is central to their healing.
Picture a garden hose where the water runs freely. If you fold or bend the hose to put a kink in it, the water will slow to a trickle from that point onward. The same principle holds true in the body meridians. Where there is free flow of the life force, there is no pain or disease in the body. However, when is the Chi is weak or blocked, there is no energy flow and the body will experience many forms of pain, illness and disease.
Eid is meant to be a day of celebration and enjoyment for Muslim. After the Eid prayer in the morning, do things that are fun and enjoyable for you and your family, especially the young kids. Invite friends over to your place or go visit friends at their place and enjoy a good meal together.
Also, don’t forget to pay your zakatul fitr, latest before the morning of Eid prayer. It is compulsory to be paid for each Muslim alive, even if they are an infant or underage kids. For instance, for a Muslim family of 6, comprising father, mother, 2 high school kids and one kindergarten child and one baby, the breadwinner of the family (normally father) would pay 6 counts of zakatul fitr. The usual amount is about $10-$15 per person. Zakatul fitr is usually collected by the masjids, and distributed to the poor and needy Muslims so they too can celebrate Eid joyfully with the rest of us.
Ramadan fasting is a perfect time to do the annual detox on our body and our internal organs. Detoxification is the process of reducing intake of foods and eliminating toxins from our body. This allows the body to clear excess mucus and congestion which helps to revitalize the body’s natural functions and healing capacities.
Fasting improves the processes of elimination and increases the release of toxins from the colon, kidneys and bladder, lungs and respiratory tract, sinuses, and the skin. Without the continual intake of foods during the day, we allow the digestive system to rest.