Foreign Tourists in Iranian Traditional Medicine Centres
Iran intends to present its traditional medicine to the world by founding specialized health centres.
For a long time, Iran is a health tourism destination for foreign people who wanted to do cosmetic surgeries, or to be treated for refractive disorders, infertility, etc.
Now, Iran wants to present its traditional medicine through the establishment of dedicated health care centers where people can undergo traditional treatments and buy the herbal medicines they need.
“Foreign health tourists sign up where the Iranian patients are doing.You are usually less aware of such a science, some of whom have already heard of Iranian methods of breathing, apitherapy and leech therapy,” said Mohammad Panahi, the general director of the Department of Health Tourism In Iran’s cultural heritage, crafts and tourism organization (ICHTO).
According to a report from the Iranian newspaper “Farsi”, he said: “There should be standards for the supply of medicinal plants, pharmaceutical products and distillates to meet the needs of the customers, we should all try to gain the confidence of the patients, To expand the circle of health tourists who are relying on traditional medicine.
Panahi noted that while some tourists know nothing about Iranian traditional medicine, some others have tried it and are worried about the consequences, so they are looking for a fully certified center. Some tourists go to health centers just to gather information on the subject. The costs are the same for domestic and foreign patients.
The least harmful method
“Not only is the chemical drugs less known among humans, their combinations with each other and their use in amounts more or less than what is prescribed can also be harmful.” The process of traditional treatment takes more time but the herbal medicines in this Method are the least harmful, “Panahi noted
“Medicinal plants are prescribed in traditional medicine in the form of herbal medicinal products, made by new technologies or old medicines, but in any case they are prescribed by a traditional doctor,” he added.
“As people believe that there is no harm in consuming fruits and vegetables, they have confidence in traditional medicine,” added the manager of first Iranian traditional medicine centre.
“75% of patients who go to house doctors do not need medication or can be cured by self-prescribed drugs when they are trained in self-care,” said Mahmoud Khodadoust, the former Iranian Deputy Minister of Health and Medical Education in the Department of Traditional Medicine, during the opening of the province of Alborz traditional medicine center, which is the most prominent in the recovery of health tourists.
He added that Iranians tend to believe in traditional medicine, referring to the existence of 10,000 traditional physicians and 15,000 apothecaries.