The International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) is the world’s foremost community of scholars and practitioners devoted to understanding the history and contemporary practice of Asian medicines in all its many forms. Unlike other organisations, we attempt to be inclusive and to overcome all boundaries, whether these be of geography or ideology. Our membership is made up of academics and clinicians, pharmacologists and epidemiologists, and many other stakeholders caring for the past, present and future of Asian medicines. We encourage critical engagement with Asian medicines as “living traditions” even as we seek to promote their enduring relevance to the contemporary world. We are independent of commercial, professional and political interests and therefore able to provide a space for the expression of different views. And we are known for putting on the most exciting events and conferences in the field. So please enjoy browsing this site… or even better, join us.
— Dr. Geoffrey Samuel, President