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

Various medicinal herbs are sold in Tabriz traditional market with its colourful grocery stores.

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

People in ancient times had indeed no choice but to resort to medical herbs. The use of chemical and synthetic drugs intensified during past century; 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 groceries  in Tabriz traditional market:

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