Islamic Medicine's Guide to the Body Types.
Somewhere along the path to good health, truths changed. Our foods changed. Our medicine changed. Our relationship with our bodies changed. We now find ourselves disconnected; disconnected from the earth, from nature, from each other, from our food, and even disconnected from our own bodies.
To understand how we’ve ended up here today and why the concept of disease and healing are so vastly different from the medicine practiced at the time of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, we need to go back and examine how medicine has evolved.
About the Book
Have you ever wondered why some people, no matter what they eat, just cannot gain weight?
Or why others, who spend endless time and energy trying to eat healthy and even cut down on food, cannot lose weight?
It’s frustrating not knowing why your body isn’t responding to the advice and tips that’s helped your friend lose pounds. If it works for others, it should work for you, too, right? Wrong.
Our bodies are complex, and so are its needs. This might seem like common sense but what we don’t know is that each body is unique, and therefore, when it comes to healing and following tips and hacks, there’s no one-size-fits-all.
This knowledge will build your foundation so that you can begin your journey to
health and well-being.
Knowing my body type has empowered me with making the right food choices.
For a long time, I was just as unaware of this intricacy as the next person. Then a turning point in my life necessitated that I study Traditional medicine and search for a cure.
I learned the hard way that I can't eat the same foods as my husband. When we were newly married, we would eat together and try different foods, but I didn't understand that my digestion and metabolism weren't the same as his. I began having allergies and reacting to foods that are a common ingredient in every household.
I didn’t know at the time that my body is a Phlegmatic Body Type, and he's a Choleric Body Type.
Not knowing the specific needs and unique characteristics of my body type led me to suffer for many years, with continuous trips to the hospital.
I was afraid not just for my own health but also for my children’s. If I didn’t know how to take care of my body, how could I ensure their wellbeing?
I finally began researching Prophetic medicine, Islamic medicine, and Herbalism and was blown away to find out that we don't all have the same body types. This helped me understand my body's needs as well as why each of my children had different food cravings and aversions.
Once you know your body type, you’ll know exactly what foods are good for you and what you should avoid, what diseases you are prone to, and what will aggravate your health.
What Readers Are Saying
Prior to knowing my body type, I’ve read diet and health books and got into few health programs, and the latest action I took was eating when the sun rises and stop eating when the sun sets, as well as implementing portions and being mindful of what I eat which means having only protein, veggies and some starch in my diet. YET, only through learning my body type that I understand my body’s complete needs. Knowing my body type freed me from the shackles of fear of eating because now I know what food to eat. Knowing my body type made it easier for me to take actions to work my way toward rebalancing my hormones, in shaa Allah.
Khadeejah Riza Khamal
Learning my body type helped me in a couple of ways: 1. It helped me understand why I had certain food intolerances. 2. It helped me learn what is balanced for my body type. 3. It helped me learn what foods to eat that would help me achieve said balance. Overall, I would say that learning my body type has helped me to become more self-aware, and it has enabled me to work on and heal various illnesses/imbalances in the most natural way possible without the use of pharmaceuticals. It was an invaluable tool that not only has helped me but will help my family and friends (and anyone else who will listen)
I always wondered why I felt cold all the time, or why my skin was so dry. Since learning about my body type, I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me. I see foods in a completely different way. I know which foods will be warming and hydrating for me and which ones I should avoid because they will only aggravate my cold & dry body type. I've already started to eat balanced meals that compliment my body type. I strongly believe that knowing your body type is the basis of good health because it helps to guide your everyday food choices.
Knowing my body type has empowered me with making the right food choices or at least being conscious of what I am eating. I have learnt to eat and observe my body to see what works best for me and what does not. I have understood that healing is not a one-size-fits-all but has to be catered to our body types to achieve the maximum benefit.
I was looking for a better way to improve my health and alhumdulillah found out about Nurasunna - a way of prophetic medicine by sister Aiman. It started with learning about your body type as we are all unique. Learning about body types helped me understand my body and its needs. I wasn't eating enough protein and sour fruit. I made changes to my diet and alhumdulillah now feeling way better. Also recognized the root cause of many health issues and working to fix it. It is not a shortcut but a longer and healthier way of life.
Reading "By knowing my body type it's given me a clearer vision on what foods are best to eat. It also helps to give me a guide of how to treat my body when I have specific symptoms, ie., what may aggregate it or what may aid in its healing. I feel knowing my body type is a very important foundation of knowledge to have and the first step to healing.
I always thought that my body type was phlegmatic because of my recent health issues that lead to some food intolerances and seasonal allergies. But learning to dig deeper with Aiman’s help and guidance clarified a lot of misconceptions I had about my body.
Learning my body type made me aware that I naturally leaned towards certain foods leaving out other foods. Since adding in more food diversity my psoriasis has disappeared!
Amatullah C. Keeling.