Treating Conjunctivitis – Tibb-e-Nabawi

Treating Conjunctivitis

أَعُوذُ بِاللّهِ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ

Prophet’s Guidance on treating conjunctivitis with rest and observing a special diet

We mentioned that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam required Suhaib Radi Allaho Anh to observe a diet from eating dates when he was suffering from conjunctivitis, and asked Ali Radi Allaho Anh when he was suffering from the same condition. Furthermore, Abu Naeem narrated in his book, “The Prophetic Medicine”,

  وذكر أبو نُعَيْم فى كتاب “الطب النبوى”: أنه صلى الله عليه وسلم “كان إذا رَمِدَتْ عينُ امرأةٍ من نسائه لم يأتِهَا حَتَّى تَبرَأَ عينُها”. (حكم المحدث – الألباني: حديث موضوع)

“Whenever any of the Prophet’s wives would come down with conjunctivitis, he would not touch her until her eyes were cured”. (stated by AL-Albani as False Hadith)

Conjunctivitis is an infection that attacks the conjunctiva; that is the white part of the eye. The disease is caused by one of the four conditions [hotness, coldness, dryness and wetness], or by the accumulation of hot flatulence in the head and body, that later reaches the eye and causes conjunctivitis. When the eye receives a hit, the blood and the soul will rush to the aid of the affected eye, which then becomes swollen.

We should know that there are two types of moistures that ascend to the air. One is hot and dry and the other is hot and wet. These moistures form the clouds that shade the sky from our eyes. Likewise, gaseous substances and moistures ascend from the stomach to the upper parts of the body and cause many ailments, such as Conjunctivitis. When the body’s resistance is strong, it will push these gaseous substances to the nose and cause a congestion that usually accompanies colds. When these substances are pushed up through the uvula and the nostrils, they cause Angina. When these moistures are pushed towards the side, they cause pleurisy, and when they reach the chest, they cause pneumonia. When the moistures reach the heart, they cause rapid pulse, and when they reach the eyes they result in conjunctivitis. When they reach the intestinal cavity, they cause diarrhea and when they reach the brain, they cause forgetfulness. If the brain receives excessive amounts of these gaseous moisture, they might cause heavy sleeping. This is why sleep is a wet substance while being awake is dry. When the septic gases un-successfully seek to depart from the body through the head, they will cause headache and disturbance in sleep. When these gases attack one side of the brain, they cause migraines. If these gases reach the cerebral divider and impart coldness, hotness or wetness, it will cause sneezing. If the gases cause the accumulation of phlegm in the cerebral divider; so that its hot nature becomes weak, they cause unconsciousness & stroke. If the gases excite the black bile, they will cause obsession, and if they reach the nerves, they will cause epilepsy. When the cerebral nerves receive these gases they will suffer from facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy). If these gases were caused by inflamed yellow bile that heats the brain, they will cause cerebral tumors, and when the chest receives a path of these gases, they will cause pleurisy.

In short, the condition of the head and body will be irritated because of conjunctivitis, and having sex in this state will only aggravate the condition even more. Sex entails a movement that is shared by the entire body, the heart and the soul. As for the body, it heats up due to the intense movements during sex, while the heart will seek to acquire its lust and pleasures. The soul will follow the lead of the body and the heart, as the first part that is connected to the soul is the heart, which in turn affects the rest of the body. As for the body, it sends the semen that is needed to bring the sexual intercourse to conclusion. Thus, sexual activity involves a movement by the entire body, the heart and the soul, and every move excites the various conditions and causes them to move to meeker parts of the body, such as the eye when suffering from conjunctivitis.

We should state that the body benefits from conjunctivitis in that it helps the body to extract harmful substances and cleanses the body and the head from septic elements. In addition, conjunctivitis compels the affected person to observe a special diet and avoid sadness, grief, strong movements and hard work. Furthermore, one of our righteous predecessors said,

  لا تَكرهوا الرَّمدَ، فإنه يقطع عروق العَمَى. (موضوع)

“Do not hate conjunctivitis, because it prevents blindness”.(False Hadith)

Conjunctivitis requires rest and avoiding touching the eye to prevent more harmful substances from accumulating in it. Some of the Salaf once said, “The example of the Companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam is the example of the eye; its cure is in avoiding touching it”.

وقد رُوى فى حديث مرفوع، الله أعلم به: “علاجُ الرَّمد تَقطيرُ الماءِ الباردِ فى العَيْن”

A Hadith that we are not sure about its authenticity states that sprinkling cold water on the eye helps cure conjunctivitis. The remedy mentioned in the Hadith is beneficial for hot conjunctivitis, since water is cold and thus cools down the heat that accompanies it. This is why when the wife of Abdullah Bin Mas’ood Radi Allaho Anh complained about her eyes, he said to her “If you had done what Prophet Muhammad used to do, it would have bean better for you and would have brought fast healing to your eyes. Splash water on your eyes & then say,

“أَذهِبْ البأْسَ ربَّ النَّاس، واشْفِ أنتَ الشَّافِى، لا شِفاءَ إلا شِفَاؤك، شِفاءً لا يُغادِرُ سَقَماً”.

“Cure the ailment, O LORD of the people, Bring about the cure, for You Alone Bring the cure and there is on cure except that which You Bring about. Bring a type of cure that eradicates every ailment”.