As the philosophical principles of Tibb, makes it possible to identify the cause/s of most illness conditions – Treatment in Tibb has a targeted approach aimed at restoring balance (homeostasis) between the humours and qualities in relation to the temperament of an individual, working with physis. In addition, treatment always include lifestyle factors thus ensuring that not only are the symptoms treated but that the underlying cause/s of illnesses are also addressed. Unfortunately, in Western medicine because of the limited understanding of the cause/s of illnesses, treatment is aimed at treating symptoms.
Tibb is fortunate to have many tried and tested treatment options, that have been developed over centuries. These include:
A unique approach of Treatment in Tibb is in keeping with the original understanding of ‘allo – pathic medicine’ where the word allo: is a Greek term for opposite. Treatment is based on the concept of opposites, both with respect to lifestyle factors as well as pharmacotherapy.
For instance, medication formulated to treat a cold and flu will not only include the pharmacological action that will counter/be opposite to the symptoms of a Cold and Flu but also has qualities that is opposite to the signs and symptoms of flu. For example, the pharmacological action of Zingiber officinale (ginger) is often included in common cold formulations, as it counteracts the specific symptoms of runny nose, fever/chills; however, it also has Heating qualities which oppose the Cold & Moist symptoms. Similarly, Lifestyle Factors is aimed at increasing the Heat & Dryness to overcome the Cold & Moistness associated with the cold and flu with hot chicken soup.
In conclusion, Treatment in Tibb, based on its principles has a targeted approach with therapeutic options, aimed at restoring balance (homeostasis) between the humours and qualities in relation to the temperament of an individual, working with physis. This approach not only addresses the signs and symptoms of illness conditions, but also addresses the underlying cause/s of disease.