Modern and Traditional Medicine Integration: Iranian Experience


Alireza Zali


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




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Iranian Traditional Medicine (ITM) dates back more than 3000 years in Iran. With arrival of Islam in Iran and the great motive of Muslims to gain knowledge, and in particular medical knowledge, Gondi Shapoor University served as a link between medical sciences in Iran and other communities. Medical knowledge of Iranians and the countless pieces of advice in Islam for learning, prompted Iranian Muslim scientists, such as Avicenna and Razes , to theorize medical knowledge in Iran. Iranian traditional medicine (ITM) continued to prevail despite great pressure from modern medicine because it is part of culture of the Iranian people. New herbal medicines based on ITM enter the Iranian drug market every year. Herbalists use their own and traditional experience to prepare herbal medicines and dispense them. Fortunately, scientists working at universities as well as state officials have paid attention to it in the past years. The Iranian traditional medicine is currently endeavoring to gain a proper place within the PHC and HCS system. In this presentation the Iranian experience of integration of traditional medicine and modern medicine will be discussed