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Hydrotherapy

This type of therapy is carried out underwater to strengthen the muscles or joints. It puts lesser pressures on the joints as opposed to when the exercises are done on land. Hydrotherapy has the following benefits:

  1. Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain
  2. Boosts the immune system
  3. Relieves stress
  4. Rehabilitates injured muscles

I’ve had physiotherapy sessions previously but on Wednesday it was my first time in the pool for a hydrotherapy session. I’ve had three major abdominal surgeries; two laparotomies and one laparoscopic procedure so as you can imagine my core muscles are very weak. In addition to many other issues I’ve also been diagnosed with something called sensory neuropathy so in terms of my balance, I was all over the place the handrail and the floats were a massive help. Alhamdulilah.

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My lupus journey

What is inside my pink rucksack?

When I was given an option of which colour rucksack I wanted, obviously I chose the pink coloured one over the navy blue and black colours. I also asked for some wheels with it.

Inside the rucksack, I was to place something called a Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) bag and my Micrel Mini Rythmic™ PN+ pump. I was put on this after I spent 3 months in hospital post-surgery suffering from high-output which was depleting me of vital electrolytes from my system. TPN was replacing them just about at that time along with additional IVs of magnesium and potassium. I was constantly eating. The reason behind this was that I had a newly re-fashioned (yes, this is a medical term) ileostomy after an emergency admission which was literally pouring like a tap!

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) diagnosis while going through my GCSE’s and moving onto college

Rewind back to 2011. I actually typed this post up on the 14th of July 2011; ever since it has been sitting on my memory stick. And now I know what to do with it!

I was at my final year at secondary school which meant the most important exams were taking place. This is the time I started getting my external symptoms which made it terribly hard for me to pay attention and concentrate on these exams. And to top that off I was getting snide marks and whispers about the rash on my face. I didn’t let it bother me because I knew I’d never see these people again once I left school!

An average 16-year-old would probably not have been through how much I have been through over the period of 2-3 months in terms of health that too at a critical time in every 16-year-olds life. The symptoms I experienced were: extremely bad fever, nasty cough, joint pain. I would collapse because I didn’t eat anything, I was anemic (a blood disorder in people with SLE, it is the lack of red blood cells or the presence of red blood cells that do not have enough oxygen carrying capacity due to a deficiency in iron or vitamins).

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The secret by Rhonda Byrne

I ordered this book from the city’s’ central library on the recommendation of a friend and it was put on hold for me. After two weeks it became available so I collected it and started reading it. I have to say, it’s a relatable book and a delight to read. I’ve never actually read a book like this before. It is stuffed with positivity from cover to cover which brushes off on the reader instantly. It contains numerous theories which have been compiled by the author taken from a number of successful people. Some famous names include Marci Shimoff author, international speaker and transformational leader, Bob Proctor Philosopher, author, and personal coach, John Assaraf entrepreneur, and moneymaking expert and Dr, Joe Vitale Metaphysician, marketing specialist and author.

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Prophetic medicine A-Z

Ceylon (cornel tree) ● Warss

The fruits of the cornel tree can cure a number of diseases. They include diseases of the throat, anemia, measles, kidney disease, diarrhea, and hemorrhoids. Its medicinal properties have been known since ancient times.

 The fruits of the cornel tree contain large amounts of natural sugars, organic acids, pectin, tannins and vitamin C. They contain twice more vitamin C than oranges and can be eaten fresh, dried or frozen.  They can be used to make compotes, juices, jam, and honey.

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10 things that make me happy

I feel it is very important to take time out regularly and ponder upon what we hold as important and what makes us happy. We hear about so much sadness in this world, there are also things for us to be happy about if only we were to reflect upon these and be grateful for them.  We often don’t see the good because we spend so much time thinking about the bad.

Allāh says in the Qurān:

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.”

[Qurān 14:7]

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Citron/lemon ● Utrujj

It has been said of the Prophet, (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that he liked to gaze upon a citrus fruit. He said, “The citrus fruit is like a true believer, with a good taste, and a good scent.”

[Bukhāri]

There are four elements in the Utrujj:

  1. The peel is hot and dry.
  2. The heart (or pulp) is hot and wet.
  3. The Utrujj pith is cold and dry.
  4. The seed is hot and dry.

 

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Chicory ● Hindibā, shikoriā

Chicory is very popular as food and medicine in human life. It is marketed under the name ‘syrup of ‘wild cherry’ in the European market. Chicory can be eaten raw or cooked and comes in red and white varieties. It is a woody herbal plant that has a number of health benefits:

  • It is highly effective with a cough.
  • Most parts of the plant, for example, leaves, stem, root, and seeds are being used as a drug for different ailments.
  • The extract of chicory leaves is useful in cataract if dropped in the eyes.
  • The aqueous extract of chicory roots is a good remedy for eye problems.
  • Chicory normalizes body temperature and relieves gastrointestinal inflammation.
  • It is useful for all digestive problems if taken in vinegar.
  • Crushed leaves of chicory, if applied on inflamed parts of the body, relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Chicory removes the obstruction of the liver and gallbladder.
  • It is highly useful in jaundice and the effects are more fortified if given with dates.
  • If olive oil is mixed with the extract of the leaves of chicory, it is very much useful in all cases of poisoning.
  • The leaves of chicory remove constipation, and if chewed, relieve bleeding.
  • It is useful in all types of coughs, indigestion and liver disorders.
  • It relieves diarrhea and dysentery. It becomes more effective if taken with cuscuta reflexa.
  • Chicory relieves visceral inflammation, cleans nasal passages, expels stones and removes obstructions.
  • Leaves mixed with vinegar are effective in treating urticaria and prickly heat.
  • The gurgling of the decoction of chicory leaves with common salt is useful in a sore throat and mouth ulcers.
  • The decoction of chicory seeds and sandal with syrup of viola odorata (sweet violet) is highly effective against insomnia.

 

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Prophetic medicine A-Z

Cheese ● Jubn

Cheese contains a range of essential nutrients; it is a source of calcium, for building strong bones; essential protein; vitamin D, to help absorb the calcium; a selection of B vitamins for the central nervous system; vitamin A as a cancer-fighter; and beneficial for healthy skin.

Cheese also supplies zinc in an easily absorbed form, vital for male reproductive function. As well as its high levels of calciumcheese also contains phosphorous, which combines with calcium to strengthen the bones, good for growing children. Its protein-content helps to build muscle strength.

“Abdullāh bin Umar said that the Prophet was brought, some cheese while in the area of Tabuk. and that he asked for a knife, mentioned Allah’s Name and then cut it.

Also, the Companions used to eat cheese in Iraq and Sham (Greater Syria) areas.

[Narrated Abu Dawūd]

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Cedar/pine ● Arḍ, shajarāt ar-Rabb, sidr, arḍ al-Lebanon, shajarāt al-Allāh ṣanāwbar

Farooqi lists the plant under the family name Pinaceae, whereas Johnstone attributes the plant to the family name Coniferae.  The Bangladesh National Formulary of Unani Medicines identified the plant pine (ṣanawbar) as Pinus longifolia. Pine kernels are the edible seeds of the female pine cone. They have a tiny and teardrop shaped, some may be an oblong shape.

Ka’b ibn Mālik narrates that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “The example of a believer is that of a small plant that bends under the pressure of winds and afterward straightens, whereas the example of a hypocrite is like a cedar, which stands straight until it is uprooted by the winds.”

[Bukhāri and Muslim]

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My lupus journey

The Intensive Care Unit

At the start of those excruciatingly painful 10 months when I was in the hospital in 2014. While on the renal ward where I had initially been admitted to under the care of my rheumatologist, my dad had come to visit me like usual during the afternoon visiting hours and we went to sit in the day room.

We were just casually sitting, watching the TV while I was reading something on my phone in my hand. Then suddenly for no apparent reason, I started to have a seizure. My hands started shaking and I fell to the side. My dad, who’d never seen anything like this happen to me before, was extremely worried and panicked so he quickly got one of the nurses and she pulled the red emergency triangle and all the rest of the nurses came rushing. Everyone was ushered out of the day room including my dad and I was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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Caper ● Kabr/Kabur

‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Abbās reports that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) came to the Companions and said: “When paradise smiled, truffles came in there on earth, and when the earth smiled, capers came in there.”

[Recorded by as-Ṣuyūti]

Capers have a number of health and medicinal benefits:

  • Caper flower buds are used in the treatment of scurvy.
  • They can be pickled.
  • It has been reported that Caper bark has diuretic and expectorant properties, and it is used in the treatment of the ailments of liver, rheumatism, tubercular glands and paralysis.
  • Caper seeds contain more than 35% of the fatty oil. As-Suyooti says that capers are good for the spleen.
  • Capers contains many phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins essential for optimum health.
  • Capers are a very rich source of quercetin (180 mg/100 g) second only to tea leaf.  Research studies suggest that quercetin has antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Capers are one of the highest plant sources of flavonoid compounds rutin (or rutoside). rutin strengthen capillaries and inhibits platelet clump formation in the blood vessels.
  • The spicy buds contain healthy levels of vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-K, niacin, and riboflavin. Niacin helps lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Minerals such as calcium, iron, and copper are found in sufficient amounts.
  • Caper parts have been used to relieve rheumatic pain in traditional medicines.
  • Caper pickles are added to recipes as an appetite stimulant. Also, they help reduce stomachache and flatulence conditions.

References

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com

as-Ṣuyuti, As-Ṣuyitis Medicine of the Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم)

Medicine and Pharmacy  in the prophetic traditions volume 2 by Muhammad Musharraf Hussain

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