Treating Sciatica with a sheep tail

In the traditions of Ibn Majah as was reported from Anas Ibn Malek the
prophet (PBUH) said: "The cure of Sciatica is the tail of a desert
sheep molten and split into three parts each is taken on an empty
stomach for three following days" (Desert sheep: meaning sheep that
graze in areas with grass growing naturally.)

Symptoms of Sciatica: Sciatica is a pain radiating along the sciatic
nerve starting from the hips down the back of the leg and possibly to
the foot.

The longer it remains the more it moves down the leg that becomes
thinner, accompanied with numbness and weakness of the leg.

The symptoms may include a back pain and can be serious if are
accompanied by bowel or bladder incontinence.

What causes Sciatica ? : Sciatica has various causes; most cases
result from a herniated disc that leads to the compression of the
nerve roots.

Infection by some enterobacteria causes the inflammation of the
sciatic nerve and so Sciatica.


Scientific miracles in the hadith

1-The role of fats in the treatment of this illness:

The prophet (PBUH) mentioned that the treatment of Sciatica, in some
cases, is the tail of a sheep, which is in fact fat.

Modern science says:

Lipid metabolism has three branches, each is related to the type of
fat consumed in a big quantity, leading therefore to the formation of
three different chemical compounds that have opposite effects from
each other. These compounds, called the prostaglandins, resemble the
hormones and have different effects on pains and inflammations in the

Prostaglandins type 1 prevent pain and come from the fatty acid called
gamma linoleic acid GLA that belongs to the omega 6 fat group found on
a limited basis in somewildplant .

Therefore medical products containing extracts of those two plants are
expensive. Those products help people that do not have active enzymes
to convert linoleic acid to gamma linoleic acid and then to
prostaglandins type 3.

Type two prostaglandins, on the other hand, augment the pains. These
are formed from omega 6 fat group as well, and mainly from linoleic
acid found in margarines and cakes, as well as vegetal oils converted
by the food industry to the solid trans fats, so that cakes,
chocolates and sweets remain in the solid state in room temperature.

Type 3 prostaglandins are known for their calming action on the pains
and inflammations. Those are formed from Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA),
which is converted to the two compounds EPA and DHA. Alpha Linoleic
Acid is found in the oils of natural leaves and herbs, and so this is
an advantage of the natural vegetal food eaten by humans and animals
like the sheep living in a desert (oasis)

Oils that contain alpha linoleic acid are cheap. Those belong to the
omega3 group known for its large benefits and are liquid in room

Some of the benefits of fats of omega 3class are:
- The decrease of cholesterol level,
- The protection from heart and brain strokes
- The protection from arterial hypertension, rheumatoid, eczema
and cancers.

Furthermore it was proved that lipids of type sys have a role in
decreasing the lipid amount in the body and so in weight loss.

Contrary to the fats of omega 3 class, saturated animal fats and
hydrogenated vegetal fats which is converted in food industry to fats
of type Trans, as well as fats of omega 6 class do not have all the
benefits that omega 3 fat class has but have many harms.

This big variation in omega 3 fats benefits can be understood by
showing the physiological effects of the principal fatty acids.

Fatty acids are involved in the formation of the tissues of the brain,
the eye, the ear, the reproductive glands and the other glands'

They are involved in the formation of the membranes surrounding all
the cells in the body and acting to protect the cells.

Fatty acids have a role in repairing the nervous tissues as in the
case of a herniated disk, one of the principal causes of Sciatica.

Science proved that Omega three fat group has important roles in
treating the inflammation of nervous tissues, which is the second main
cause of Sciatica. A book specialised in this field was edited in
1998, written by Joel Krimmer, the professor in medicine and the chief
of the rheumatism division in the medical school in New York. The book
is titled "The Medical Fats and Inflammation" and includes many
details of the biochemistry of the inflammation treatment by the omega
3 fats.

2- The desert sheep live on natural herbs,rich in the omega 3 fats and
from which scientists could extracted 700 medicines. The beneficial
oils the sheep obtains from these herbs are stored in its tail.

3- The Prophet (PBUH) said that the tail should be melted first,and so
the harmful bacteria and germs are killed by the heat.

4- It should also be taken in three days, not more,to avoid fat
oxidation and rancidity.

5-It should be taken on an empty stomach:so that no other lipids
compete with the lipids of the tail for absorption in the digestive
tract at the vesicule and pancreas level in addition to the cellular
level where the enzymes acting at the membrane convert those lipids of
the omega 3 group to the beneficial type 3 prostaglandin that reduce
the inflammations and the pain caused by Sciatica


Reference : Summary of the research work presented by Dr Zoheir Bin
Rabeh Gerrami in the conference of the international Organisation for
Islamic Miracles, Dubai, Ramadan 2004.