Golden Milk Islamic Ayuverdic Medicine

Golden Tumeric Milk for Sleep

“The soul should take care of the body, just as a pilgrim on his way to Mecca takes care of his camel.” ~ Al Gazali

Golden Tumeric Milk is a very simple and effective recipe against cramps, restlessness, back- and neck pains, migraines, stiffness and sleeplessness, flu symptoms of various kinds, skin problems, rheumatic arthritis, nervous conditions and liver diseases, but also against blunt trauma injuries resulting from accidents.

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Healing with Islamic Meditation

Healing with Islamic Meditation (Muraqaba)

“Allah is the light (nur) of the heavens and earth.” ~ Holy Quran, Surat An-Nur

It is scientifically proven that meditation and prayer aid mental health and aid recovery from mental and bodily illness. In addition to various positive cognitive effects, such as raising awareness and attention, prayer and meditation have positive consequences for our emotional lives, with periods of practice resulting in ‘positive mood, emotional stability and resilience to stress and negative life events’. Many studies have demonstrated these effects using behavioural and social measures, and conclusions are reinforced by research using brain imaging techniques, which have shown that emotionally oriented meditation activates areas of the brain known to have important roles in emotion-related processing. (Source: Cognitive Neuroscience, Spirituality and Mysticism: Recent Developments, in: Psychosis and Spirituality, Ed. Isabel Clarke, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

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Bird Praising Allah

Leech Therapy (Taleeq): History and Overview

“The colour should be greenish (like duckweed), and there should be two longitudinal lines having the colour of orpiment and ruddy; they should be rounded and liver-coloured. One may accept leeches which look like little locusts, or like mousetails, with very small heads. But do not accept those with red bellies and green backs, especially if they were collected from running waters.” ~ Avicenna on Leeches, from “The Canon of Medicine”

Leeches have been used for therapeutic purposes for millennia.  The earliest traces of the use of leeches appear to date back to 1600-1300 BC to a Greek named Nicander of Colophon.  The medical use of leeches is discussed by Avicenna ( Ibn Sina in The Canon of Medicine (follow this link for the Online Edition of The Canon of Medicine and the section on leeches), as well as by Abd-el-latif al-Baghdadi in the 12th century.

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Red Clover Plant Healer

Portraits of Plants and Healers: The Red Clover

There are two kinds of knowledge: knowledge of religion and knowledge of the body.” ~ Prophet Mohammed (a.s.)

Not far from our house we have fertile meadows that carry from Spring to late Summer lush fields of red clover. These modest little pink to dark purple colored flowers are not only gentle to the eye, they are also a great source of nutrition for insects, animals and people alike. It tastes wonderful in salats, but also makes dried a great tea and is a healing agent for both women and men. Traditionally Red Clover tea is known as hormone balancing herb for women in hormonal distress, mainly with menopausal or menstrual problems. However, I also found it to be a very good healer for women (and men) who went through major upheavals and emotional turmoils and it can take the edge even off post traumatic symptoms, depressions and associated problems such as chronic pains, nervousness, anxieties and dark moods.

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The Dervish's gift

God’s Attributes and the Dhikr in Iatro-Theology and Theurgian Medicine

“Knowledge gives life to the soul.” ~ Ali Ibn Talib (a.s)

It is interesting how words are made and how words are lost. It is through the lecture of German science historians such as Arthur Imhof and Robert Jütte that I un-earthed the words Iatro-Science, Iatro-Theology, Iatro-Magic and Theurgian Medicine. They give semantic criteria to various practises that were also part of European healing cultures and traditions but got lost over time.

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Spiritual Healing in the Sufi, Shi'i and Isa (Jesus) Tradition

Spiritual Healing in the Sufi, Shi’i and Isa (Jesus) Tradition

“It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.” ~ Ibn Arabi

I have started this blog in August 2014 and populated it with varying subjects, ranging from herbal recipes to standard health advise, to historical anecdotes, and complex matters such as the works of Henry Corbin and Shi’i Illumination, and further to mental health issues and questions of natural healing.  I have seen through the statistics provided by WordPress that the most popular subjects on this blog are those relating to the occult, and mental health in general and specifically in Islam.

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Halal Herbal Vinegar

Recipe for (Halal) Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar

Allah has put blessings in vinegar (…)” ~ Muhammed (a.s)

The issue of Halal is often raised in relation to vinegar due to the process of making vinegar from ciders and wine. The website “My Halal Kitchen” has looked at the issues closer and has written about the different varities of vinegar and what they mean in a Halal context.  http://myhalalkitchen.com/the-vinegar-page/

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Smudging in Islam

Rescue remedies against mental distress, Part 3: Smudging

“The ḥarmal does not grow, whether as a tree, a leaf or a fruit, without there being an angelic guardian spirit attached to it.” ~ Muhammed (a.s)

Throughout history, the burning of natural substances has been used for cleansing, healing and spiritual purposes. The Babylonians used smudge extensively while offering prayers or divining oracles, and so did the old Germans and Norsk tribes, as well as as the First Nations of the Americas and Austral-Asia. Whereever people make their habitat, smuding is part of everyday culture. In the regions of the Himalaya and the Indian sub-continent the incense trade started and via the Spice Route various religious ideas and incense came via Iran to Arabia and Mecca during the days of the prophet (a.s).

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Rescue remedies against mental distress, Part 1: Bathing & Cleansing

“Allah created every [living] creature from water. (…)“ ~ Quran, 24:45

In Islamic medicinal knowledge and spiritual rituals are many transmissions enshrined, that concern bodily and spiritual cleanliness, such as in the book of Taharah. Most popular are the Ghusl (ritual cleansing) and the Woudou before prayer.  Water does not only cleanse, it replenishes the mind and the body, and in a bath the water’s spiritual qualities are made optimal use of. Ritual baths (Ghusl) are also given to the dead in Islam.

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Recommended Times for Hijama

A Guide to Hijama, Part 2: Recommended Times for Hijama-Therapy

اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ وَإِن يَرَوْا آيَةً يُعْرِضُوا وَيَقُولُوا سِحْرٌ مُّسْتَمِرٌّ
“The hour drew nigh and the moon did rend asunder. And if they see a miracle they turn aside and say: Transient magic.” ~  Verse 54:1-2 of the Qur’an

“Cupping is most detestable at the beginning of the crescent, but it is curing when the full moon begins to decrease.” ~ Prophet Muhammed (a.s)

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