Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS AND HISTORY OF MEDICINE   JANUARY 2016 , Volume 8 , Number 5; Page(s) 33 To 43.
 
Paper: 

A REVIEW OF AROMATHERAPY IN ANCIENT PERSIA

 
 
Author(s):  MALEKSABET SAMANEH ALSADAT*, KEVEYANI POOYA HAMID, NAJAFI MOHAMMADHASAN, SEIAMAK DASTJERDI AZAM
 
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Abstract: 

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that is now widely practiced throughout the world. Medical history studies indicate the popularity of aromatherapy in ancient civilizations such as Persia as a method of decontamination and treatment.
The present study uses religious texts, ancient Persian manuscripts in the Pahlavi language, and the history of Persia to confirm the status and application of aromatherapy as a method of treatment in ancient Persian medicine.
In ancient Persia, illness was perceived as a product of evil. Ahriman and Ganak Mainyu were the main causes of diseases, often associated with foul odors and filth. Thus, ancient Persians tried to cure illnesses by using herbs and applying certain principles of hygiene.
Evil, foul odors and stale air were believed to transmit diseases, while ahuric divinities were associated with sweet smells. Therefore, fragrances were used in keeping with the divine forces, and aromatic substances, herbs and woods were employed as a means of prevention to eliminate the causes of illnesses, and as a cure for certain mental and physical diseases.

 
Keyword(s): AROMATHERAPY, FRAGRANCE, PERFUME HISTORY, PAHLAVI TEXTS, ANCIENT PERSIA
 
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