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A Brief Excursion Through Traditional Persian Treatment

Shahla pulls her wheeled suitcase behind her over the cobblestone streets of Istanbul. Inside are herbs and herbal products she has brought from Iran for her niece. As soon as she arrives, she opens the suitcase and hands them one by one: henna, tea, turmeric, cinnamon, herbal flu tablets and shampoos. She apologizes for not bringing pennyroyal. Shahla, who is in her early 60s and lives in Tehran, is an encyclopedia of traditional medicine. “I barely use chemical medicine for flu, instead I drink brewed pennyroyal or borage,” she says. “Pennyroyal is a pain killer too. If you have a fracture or bruise, you can mix it with roasted flour and oil and rub it in.” And it’s not just flu. Shahla uses henna to strengthen her hair roots and mixes it with yogurt to make a face mask. She says it is also a remedy for foot odor as it kills fungus. She recommends mint tincture for bloating, but adds that dog-rose tincture is better for women after the menopause as mint is garmi (it raises the body temperature) and therefore unsuitable for women who get hot flashes. She browses her memory for more advice. “Chicory tincture cleanses the liver, marjoram is an anti-depressant, turmeric heals wounds. After childbirth, women should drink kachi, a soup made of turmeric powder, flour, oil, sugar and water - it heals all the internal ulcers.” Shahla is continuing an Iranian tradition of medicine going back several thousand years. While western cultures tend to see herbs as an ‘alternative’ treatment, traditional medicine retains a prominent status in modern Iran: most households reserve a shelf for herbal essences, powders and tinctures. The health benefits of pairing ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ ingredients are integral to Iranian cuisine. The act of squatting in a courtyard or the kitchen floor to prepare fresh herbs is a folkloric women’s pastime; eating herbs (sabzi khordan) is prescribed by both doctors and grandmothers to cure everything from joint pains to high cholesterol. Iranians are not impervious to medical advances. Shahla injects insulin for her diabetes. But she pairs it with cinnamon infusions in a good example of traditional medicine existing alongside modern medicine.

From rich sources of herbal life to those enormous range of method tracing back to the ancient Persia, all provided for those who want to be health and make themselves protected against heart attack, harmful effect of chemical drugs and so forth. Iranians have long used traditional remedies to cure all kinds of ailments - pennyroyal to soothe, chicory to purify, marjoram to lift the spirits. Abu Ali Sina's historical books and scripts combined those ancient methods with Islamic medicine. There are a lot of endeavor to find those historical instructions to construct a healthy world.

Generally, it is good speech that prevention is better than cure. The traditional health tourism spends more on this speech and has provided some popular unique services such as: Phlebotomy, Leech therapy, Ancient Massage, etc.

Kashan, is a popular city in Iran where you can test those herbal Extracts and syrup which each of them has some special health benefits.