Practised for over 4,000 years, the philosophy of Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM)—Teb-Sonati—is rooted in the strong interconnection between the body, mind and soul. Diseases are known as having physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as environmental elements. If an individual suffers from a particular condition, TPM seeks out the underlying causes rather than simply suppressing the symptoms.

According to TPM, a healthy person can become even healthier. TPM places equal emphasis on the state of an individual’s health and the disease affecting the body. It restores health in the body by treating the illness and subsequently supports the individual in maintaining optimum health.

Practised for over 4,000 years, TPM integrates the theory of the Four Temperaments, Humours and herbalism. It prioritises health management over treatment and relies on the body’s own ability to naturally self-heal. TPM aims to treat illnesses, chronic and acute, through a mixture of diet therapy, lifestyle adjustment, herbalism and natural therapies, all working together to help restore the body, mind, emotions and spirit to its proper balance.

TPM’s philosophy places equal emphasis on the preservation of health and beauty and the treatment of illness conditions. It advocates that a healthy person can become healthier and can delay chronic illnesses linked to lifestyle-related diseases.

TPM principles allow for a better understanding of the causes of disease and the application of a treatment that addresses the symptoms and the underlying causes. TPM encourages a lifestyle that combines the Science of Medicine with the Art of Care.

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About Persia

Persia refers to the area known as modern-day Iran. In 1935, Persia changed its name to Iran, but the people are still known as Persians. As a land of medicinal herbs, Iran is among the most geographically diverse countries in the world. Divided into 12 separate geographical environments, this ancient country has five major climates, which is ideal for producing thousands of natural herbal remedies. Iran is known to have 8,000 medicinal plants, with 2,000 growing exclusively within the country.

Avicenna (founder of Traditional Persian Medicine )


Traditional Persian Medicine was developed by Persian alchemist, philosopher and physician Avicenna (981-1037). Integrating the teachings of Greek, Arabic, Chinese and Indian medicine, he created the golden standard of botanical healthcare based on the theory of the Four Temperaments, herbalism and natural therapies. Avicenna authored over 40 books on medicine, but is most famous for his work The Canon of Medicine, which went on to form the basis of Eastern medicine.

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While Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM), Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) share some principles and practices, they also have distinct characteristics and approaches to healthcare. Here’s a breakdown of their potential interactions:


  • Holistic approach: All three systems emphasize treating the whole person, considering physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health.
  • Emphasis on natural remedies: All three rely heavily on herbal medicines, dietary modifications, and lifestyle practices for healing.
  • Energetic concepts: TPM uses the concept of “Mizaj” (temperament) similar to Ayurveda’s “Doshas” and TCM’s “Yin-Yang” to assess imbalances and personalize treatment.
  • Focus on prevention: All three systems prioritize maintaining health and preventing disease through proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices.


  • Specific theories: Each system has its own unique historical and philosophical underpinnings. TPM focuses on balancing four humors, Ayurveda on three Doshas, and TCM on Yin-Yang balance.
  • Diagnostic methods: While all use pulse diagnosis, tongue examination, and observation, specific techniques and interpretations differ.
  • Treatment modalities: While herbal remedies are common, each system has unique plant preparations, specific acupuncture points in TCM, and massage techniques in both TPM and Ayurveda.

Potential interactions:

  • Complementary approaches: Due to shared principles, practitioners may combine practices from different systems, like using Ayurvedic herbs with TPM dietary advice.
  • Integration in research: Some research explores combining specific practices from different systems for specific conditions.
  • Need for caution: Mixing systems without proper knowledge can lead to interactions with herbs or potential harm. Consulting qualified practitioners familiar with each system is crucial.

Important note: It’s essential to remember that all three systems have varying levels of scientific evidence supporting their claims. While certain practices within them may offer benefits, they should not be considered replacements for conventional medical diagnosis and treatment.

If you’re interested in exploring any of these systems further, it’s best to consult qualified practitioners and do your own research to understand the benefits, limitations, and potential risks involved.

Global Adoption of Traditional Persian Medicine: Past, Present, and Future

Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM), boasting a rich history dating back millennia, has seen its global adoption ebb and flow throughout the centuries. However, recent years have witnessed a renewed interest in traditional and complementary medicine.

This resurgence stems from factors like:

    • Growing interest in lifestyle changes to support conventional medicine’s treatment of chronic conditions.
    • The desire for holistic and personalised healthcare approaches.
    • Increasing awareness of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge systems.

While not as widely adopted as Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda, TPM is gaining traction in Western countries as growing numbers of individuals explore TPM for specific conditions or as a complementary approach.

Looking ahead, the future of TPM seems promising. With growing interest, research, and investment, it has the potential to play a significant role in shaping a more holistic and culturally sensitive healthcare landscape in the years to come.

We hope that you will join us, The East To West Lifestyle Co on this exciting journey.