Fatwa: # 39017
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Country: India
Date: 28th September 2017


Blood or Steroids?


I am an orthopedician. There is a treatment method for regional pain where 5ml blood is taken from the patients body,  is centrifuged and the upper layer (platelet rich plasma)  is injected to the area of pain the patient has. This is an established method at present.  There are alternative treatment methods available like steroid.  But in certain body areas steroids are contraindicated.  

If the patient has an option for using steroid and PRP,  and PRP has an advantage over steroid,  would it be permissible to use this form of treatment,  in view of blood being injected back into the body? 



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. 

It is permissible to use the PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment in the absence of a viable alternative. If treating with steroids may be harmful, engaging in the PRP treatment will be preferred.[1]   

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Tahmid Chowdhury

Student Darul Iftaa

New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (5/ 228)

قال في النهاية: وفي التهذيب يجوز للعليل شرب البول والدم والميتة للتداوي إذا أخبره طبيب مسلم أن فيه شفاءه ولم يجد من المباح ما يقوم مقامه، وإن قال الطبيب يتعجل شفاؤك به فيه وجهان، وهل يجوز شرب العليل من الخمر للتداوي فيه وجهان، وكذا ذكره الإمام التمرتاشي


الفتاوى الهندية (5/ 355)

وَالرَّجُلُ إذَا اسْتَطْلَقَ بَطْنَهُ أَوْ رَمِدَتْ عَيْنَاهُ فَلَمْ يُعَالِجْ حَتَّى أَضْعَفَهُ ذَلِكَ وَأَضْنَاهُ وَمَاتَ مِنْهُ لَا إثْمَ عَلَيْهِ فَرْقٌ بَيْنَ هَذَا وَبَيْنَمَا إذَا جَاعَ وَلَمْ يَأْكُلْ مَعَ الْقُدْرَةِ حَتَّى مَاتَ حَيْثُ يَأْثَمُ وَالْفَرْقُ أَنَّ الْأَكْلَ مِقْدَارُ قُوتِهِ مُشْبِعٌ بِيَقِينٍ فَكَانَ تَرْكُهُ إهْلَاكًا وَلَا كَذَلِكَ الْمُعَالَجَةُ وَالتَّدَاوِي كَذَا فِي الظَّهِيرِيَّةِ


الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (1/ 210)

ففي النهاية عن الذخيرة يجوز إن علم فيه شفاء ولم يعلم دواء آخر


فتاوى دار العلوم زكريا ٦/٧٨٣

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