PROPHETIC MEDICINE AND HERBALISM
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In specific contexts, terms are given specific meanings which may deviate from the meanings the same words have in other contexts and in everyday language.
Herbalism (also herbology or herbal medicine ) is the use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of botany for such use. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today.
As the practice of herbalism is not strictly based on evidence gathered using the scientific method, modern medicine recognizes it as a form of alternative medicine.
Herbalist is therefore, one who studies herbal medicine and the healing properties of plants in regards to therapy.
The use of some prophetic herbs such as Habatu sauda, Albasal, Sidr, Thum, etc qualified us to be called herbalists but because it is widely used in a particular field, we prefer not to be tagged.
There is a huge tradition of “Islamic” herbal medicine, going back to Prophet Muhammad himself, to whom the prescriptions of some herbs are attributed.
CAN WE USE OTHER NATIVE HERBS THAT ARE NOT ATTRIBUTED TO THE PROPHET?
Yes. Islam does not condemn the use of other herbs but it gives us moderation and conditions with which we identify the lawful and the unlawful medicines.
The consumption of some herbs are halal and such herbs can turn to unlawful if prepared or prescribed in an unlawful way.