Honey: A miracle drug

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    You should use the two healing ones, honey and the Holy Qur’an; honey is a healing for the body just as the Holy Qur’an is a healing for the soul.” (Zad Al-Ma’ad Fi Huda Khayr Il-‘Ibad- volume III)

    The use of honey in the treatment of various ailments dates back to thousands of years. Allah the exalted said: “There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.”(Surah Al-Nahl, 16:69)

    The Qur’an indicates quite clearly that Allah has blessed honey with healing properties for the use of man. Honey is known to be composed of substances that are vital and beneficial to the human body. These include proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin B1, B2, vitamin H, copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, sulphur and chlorine.

    This article intends to discuss the benefit of honey consumption in the treatment of various ailments of the body system.



    A soothing balm for the stomach

    It has been narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim that a man came to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) whose brother was suffering from a bad case of diarrhea. The prophet repeats thrice the same advice of treating the patient with honey even when his condition did not seem to improve as stated by the patient’s brother. The messenger of Allah (PBUH) then said: ”Allah is telling the truth and your brother’s stomach is lying.” The man then gave his brother honey to drink again after which he recovered.

    This hadith demonstrates the conviction of the Prophet in the efficacy of honey for the treatment of the condition. Experiments have shown that fructose in honey encourages the absorption of water from the intestines without the absorption of sodium thereby aiding in recuperation from diarrhea.

    An experiment carried out by Dr.Sackett, a germ specialist and researcher at Colorado Agricultural College, has proved the effectiveness of honey in killing germs that cause typhoid fever and dysentery between 10 to 48 hours.

    Honey is the best form of food and medicine during GI tract infections and it also regulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid at normal levels, keeping stomach, duodenal ulcers and hyperacidity at bay.



    The sweetest antibiotic

    In 1958, Wenick found the presence of an enzyme in light honey that functions as an antibiotic. In 1960, Stenson and in 1963, Jonathan, both researchers, assumed that it was the hydrogen oxide or glycolic acid content of honey which was responsible for the germ-killing activity.

    Studies have proved that honey is a more powerful antibacterial agent than antibiotics (Mercan et al, 2007).



    Wounds and burns begone!

    Experiments have shown the rapid effect in the reduction of wound pains with the application of honey-cream packs. It is also useful in prevention of blisters that develop after burns. Beeswax mixed with olive oil has also proved beneficial in treatment of wounds and post-operative healing. Honey lowers the inflammatory markers in plasma like prostaglandins that make it a wonderful pain-killing ointment.

    Dr. Peter Molan, Professor of Bio-Chemistry at Walkato University, New Zealand who also heads the university’s Honey Research Unit has confirmed with experimental studies the effectiveness of controlling burn wounds with honey than silver sulfadiazine. It has also confirmed its strong antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties with complete healing without the need for skin grafts.



    Sniffs, colds and flues away

    A five-minute honey-water steaming has proven to be beneficial in relieving nasal congestion, throat pains and infections. Juice drops of a whole lemon mixed with a large tablespoon of glycerine and honey that is consumed for 5 days helps alleviate all kinds of cough especially in children.

    Honey with a milk and ginger infusion has long been used as an effective respiratory stimulant and expectorant in bronchitis and other respiratory infections.

    A study published in 2007 in the archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine by Dr. Ian Paul, a researcher at the Penn State College of Medicine, has confirmed that children who received honey before bedtime coughed less than those that received over-the-counter-drugs or nothing at all.

    Care and caution must be exercised in feeding honey to babies less than one year of age to prevent cases of botulism (a rare form of food poisoning).



    Honey eyes

    Honey ointments have proved beneficial in healing eye infections that include scotomas, general corneal infections, dryness of conjunctiva, inflammation of the eyes and viral infections of cornea (herpes).

    One of these studies was carried out at Al Mansoorah College of Medicine, Egypt, in conjunction with the Dept. of Biochemistry in an effort to isolate the enzymes present in honey that have been theorized to function as potent antimicrobial agents. Studies carried out by Rajan et al (2002) and Mc.Guire (1999) have published statistical results that indicate the reduced incidences of eye allergies by the regular consumption of honey.



    Sweet dreams, honey

    Due to the presence of reasonable amounts of sodium and potassium, honey has been indicated for use in the calming of nerves and to ward off anxiety and insomnia if a spoonful is consumed everyday before bed.

    Prof. N.K. Bogolepov and V.I. Kiseleva (1949) reported successful treatment of two recorded cases of patients suffering from disturbed sleep, headaches and irritability in a three-week treatment period.



    Bed-wetting woes

    Bed-wetting in young children that may be due to nervous, pathological or psychological issues can be controlled with a spoonful of honey before bed after emptying the bladder. The concentrated sugar content present in honey absorbs water from the child’s body and the vitamin B1 content is beneficial in cases of numbness and nerve paralysis. The underlying cause of the condition must be treated since further research is required to prove honey’s greater efficacy in treating nocturnal enuresis.



    A dose of honey for your heart

    Honey has also shown an indication in reducing the risk of heart disease. It lowers the C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker of atherosclerosis) according to a study done by Waili in 2004.Consuming honey also has a low impact on lipid levels compared to glucose or sugar syrups.

    Remember that honey from different floral sources exhibit varying antimicrobial activity. Also keep in mind that some varieties of commercially processed honey may have lower antioxidant properties. To maintain honey at its optimum quality, check for favorable storage temperatures and opt for appropriate airtight containers.

    http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/food_health/article558482.ece
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    shukran for this brother,,,i will definitely return to taking honey daily after reading this
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    assalaam alaikum

    jazakAllhah khair for this..

    Allah mentions that honey is healing and so does His prophet(saws)...that is enough proof for us subhan'Allah...we don't need any scientific proof to back the truth...

    alhamdulilah for honey

    i have a request,i read in one of your posts about al hijama(cupping),and i'm ashamed to say that i hadn't heard of it before..asthagfirulah..

    i did some reading but could you please post an article on al hijama....i think people are losing the practice that muhammed(saws) recommended... at least that was my case...in sha Allah,the article may bring the sunna to many minds

    i'm asking you as i don't have much knowledge on that subject;and there are days on which it should not be done,which needs to be mentioned...

    jazakAllah khair
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    Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah wabarakatuh

    I agree with you. Honey isnt a drug.
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    assalaam alaikum

    sorry,but i didn't get you
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    I agree with you. We dont need scientific proofs for honey. Honey is blessing.
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    yes,i understand you now...yes,that is sufficient proof for us alhamdulilah
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    Wa`alaykumassalam

    Yes hijaamah is sunnah and many people get cured by it Alhumdulilah. You should know we had great doctor of both heart and health in our Ummah that is Ibn Qayyim (May Allaah bless him).

    If you want to study more on Tibbenabawi and Hijaamah visit here http://www.tibbenabawi.org/
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    salam aleikum wa rahamtulahy wa barakatuh

    Honey is very usefull and i like it so much, alhamdullilah, thank you for the post.
    I see nothing wrong in science that stay in the limits of islam as from what i know our Prophet SAWS encouraged us to seek knowledge and Allah swt gaved us a brain to use.
    The more details we know, the more we are humbled...

    may Allah guide us all

    :salam2:
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    Awesome honey!

    :salam2:

    :ma:
    Alhamdulillah!

    Thank you for
    sharing ,brother.
    :jazaak:

    ~May Allah swt help,protect and guide all muslims~Amin!

    Take care,
    Wassalam :)
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    Very informative. Thank you for sharing!

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