The traditional bazaar of Tabriz in north-western Iran is one of the oldest and most beautiful grocery markets of the country.

The use of herbs as a treatment for diseases is as old as the human existence.

People in ancient times had no choice but to resort to medical herbs, until the past century when the use of chemical and synthetic drugs was intensified; however the harmful effect of modern medicines made people resume taking medical herbs.

The traditional medicine in Iran dates back to the Aryan era: Avesta- the holy book of Zoroastrians- is the first Iranian book to speak about medical herbs.

According to Avesta, the first Persian physician was “Triteh”- the father of Garshasb, Iranian mythic hero- who knew about the use of medical herbs and extracts.

What follows are Fars News Agency’s photos of Tabriz traditional groceries where medical herbs are sold:

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