Boost Your Immune System
By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain and well being writer.
We are still not out of the woods, while the boys are trying to create a case for drought, the April showers are coming down every day. This is Spring not Summer, so those of you that way inclined, please put your shorts way for now. One minute its hot, one minutes its cold. The perfect breeding ground for germs, virus, all those little nasties that come to test us. We need, especially us Urbanites, to boost our immune system against this attack.
In the Medicine of the Prophet,(salah la alaihi wa salem), in the sunan of Ibn Maja,(marfu), from the hadith of Abu Harayra, radialahu anhu, it says,
” anyone who takes an electuary on three mornings of every month, he will not be touched by major affliction.” Ibn Maja. tibb,7.the isnad includes al -Zubayr Ibn Sa’id who is matruk
Definition of an Electuary
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An electuary is a medicinal paste composed of powders, herbal remedies or other medical ingredients, incorporated with sweeteners to hide the taste, like syrup, honey, jam, etc., for the purposes of oral consumption.”
“the prophet, salah ala alaihi wa salem, used to drink honey with water, on an empty stomach; herein lies a most notable secret for the preservation of health that is only to be grasped by the astute and discerning..this we shall mention, if God wills, under his guidance for the Preservation of Health.” Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah, Medicine of the Prophet.
BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
There are various herbs/spices that boost the immune system and two of the strongest are Echinacea and golden seal. Available from Neals Yard,Holland and Barrat or Boots or a local health shop .
I was told that golden seal is more suitable for people who have a tendency to get hay fever, asthma and eczema and that Echinacea is for others.
Personally I take golden seal, with honey and water as its mentioned, this is an electuary. Some of you will not like it as its very bitter and you would rather take a tablet when you have a cold, but Islamically we should used these types of medicines first , after making duaa they are considered “simple” medicines, if this does work then we can take a ” compound ” medicine, which pharmaceutical would come under.
Goldenseal is a bitter that stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, and can also be used as an expectorant. It also has strong activity against a variety of bacteria, yeast, and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida.
Goldenseal is used for infections of the mucus membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines, stomach, urinary tract and vagina.
Goldenseal is used for the following conditions:
minor wound healing
fungal infections of the skin
colds & flu
sinus and chest congestion
Side Effects and Safety
Goldenseal should not be taken by pregnant women. One of goldenseal’s chief constituents, berberine, has been reported to cause uterine contractions and to increase levels of bilirubin. Goldenseal should not be used by people with high blood pressure. Those with heart conditions should only use goldenseal under the supervision of a health professional.
The safety of goldenseal in nursing women, children, and people with kidney and liver disease is unknown.
Side effects are rare, but include irritation of the mouth and throat, nausea, increased nervousness, and digestive problems. The liquid forms of goldenseal are yellow-orange and can stain.
Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that Echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. For this reason, professional herbalists may recommend Echinacea to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (Candida) infections, ear infections (also known as obits media), athlete’s foot, sinusitis, hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), as well as slow-healing wounds. One study even suggests that Echinacea extract exerted an antiviral action on the development of recurrent HSVI when supplied prior to infection.
Side effects and contraindications
Reported adverse effects of Echinacea are primarily allergic in nature and also include anaphylaxis, asthma attacks, thrombocytopenic purport, leucopenia, abdominal pain, nausea,dysuria, arthralgia, myalgia, and dizziness. These tend to be infrequent, mild, and transient. Echinacea should not be taken by persons with progressive systemic and auto-immune disorders, connective tissue disorders, or related diseases. It should not be used with immunosuppressants or hepatotoxic drugs, and has the potential to interfere with anesthesia
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