An Introduction to Islamic Medicine

An Introduction to Islamic Medicine

An Introduction to Islamic Medicine

The discipline of Islamic Medicine is based on the four-element paradigm which offers a completely consistent cosmology, physics, physiology, psychology, and diagnostic and therapeutic science. Although it is startlingly unfamiliar to the modern Cartesian-Newtonian mind, it yields indisputable therapeutic results, often in areas where contemporary physicians must scratch their heads and submit to their limitations.

The name for this discipline is Hikmah or Wisdom, in that it is devoted more to the wisdom needed to live in the best condition of health physically and spiritually, rather than merely dealing with the ill effects of our contemporary lifestyle as modern medicine must do. This work benefits both from Hakim Salim’s dee

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    A thought provoking read!, 19 May 2012
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    This review is from: An Introduction to Islamic Medicine (Kindle Edition)

    This is a thought provoking book, of interest to all students of natural medicine, not just Tibb/Unani or students of Islam.
    There is an introductory section which gives the context and heritage of this system of medicine, still in widespread use today in India and Pakistan, and luckily for people of the UK, in Leicester too, where this Hakim (the author) practices.

    There is a wealth of information today about what is ‘healthy’, what is ‘good food’ and so on, a confusion of ideas which the health seaker can be bamboozled by. This book looks at age old traditions and lifestyle factors which are as relevant today as ever. It puts the other information into a framework, making sense of the plethora of facts and data. You may wonder ‘Is pomegranite good for me? what about omega 3?’ In this book, the author, a well respected practitioner of over 35 years, explains that it depends on your original temperament, or mizaj, and what has happened to it, to alter it over time. We are what we eat, yet one man’s meat is another’s poison. Individual assessment and prescription is key.

    Whilst it’s not an easy read, with material presented in a concentrated way, this is an interesting book, which will present the reader with questions as well as many answers. It sheds light on a complete and comprehensive system of medicine which is directly descended from the ancient greeks Hippocrates and Galen, maintained and enhanced by Islamic scholars, notably by Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna)c980 A.D. and still relevant today.

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