Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (2004): Supplement 2:
2nd International Congress on Traditional Medicine and Materia Medica
Herbal medication and venesection in the treatment of sciatalgia in Islamic medicine
Agha Rafiee A.A.
The Center for Islamic Medicine, Tehran, Iran
This paper is based upon a ten year study on the combination of venesection (fasd), blood letting (hejamat) and herbal therapy in the treatment of sciatalgia as based on the sayings of the Holy Prophet of Islam and his family. In this paper we present venesection and blood letting as two major methods of treating sciatalgia in parallel with herbal therapy and we demonstrate the efficiency of this therapy on sciatalgia.
This is a subjective retrospective review. Initially 1000 patients were randomly selected form a pool of 25,000 patients received at the Islamic medicine Center over the last ten years. Of this group of 1000, 100 had sciatalgia. The group of 100 patients with sciatalgia was studied for the cure rate offered by the methods of Islamic Medicine namely venesection and blood letting in conjunction with selective herbal therapy. In the full text we extrapolate on the exact herbs, the site of venesection and the types of blood letting used.
Sciatalgia had a predominance of 10% at the Islamic Medicine Center. Of the 100 cases of sciatalgia, the cure rate was 96%.
The therapeutic techniques taught to us by the Holy Prophet and his family is a valuable guide for healing the ill as they have a heavenly source. This study demonstrates the high efficacy of Islamic Medical therapy on sciatalgia that consists of proper herbal therapy, blood letting and venesection. These methods are inexpensive and afford avoidance of the difficulties of physiotherapy and/or surgery.