For example, herbal medicine has been practised much in the old civilisations, yet it is still preserved and practised today. Names and terms can be changed, but the main ideas are still the same. I.e. use of the same plant for the same disease, with better developed dispensing method and with more controlled planting, harvesting, and processing techniques.
Graeco-arabic medicine is a perfect case for fighting of a term. Graeco-arabic is presently not a common word in any medicinal education in Australia. However, this much practiced medicine during medieval era has been transformed, mixed and expanded to other terms i.e. western herbal medicine and naturopathy.
We found that in Australian medicinal society, Graeco-arabic medicine has lesser supporter compared to western herbal medicine initiatives. Regardless, they shared much of the Galeanic principles in healing. Either lack of Government support or broad acceptance of Graeco-arabic term may be a cause of this phenomenon.
Under Australian jurisdiction, Graeco-arabic practitioners could be categorised as naturopathists, but practitioners are reluctant to accept the status. This fact is supported by a case study, provided by Dr. Paul Hysen of South Australia. He had forced to close the only college taught for Graeco-arabic medicine, whilst western herbal medicine, naturopathy and traditional chinese herbal medicine courses are adopted in universities and colleges.
However, we found that in the national Australian library of Canberra, the history and knowledge of Graeco-arabic medicine is preserved in the form of a book, titled Hakim Ajmal Khan.
In a broader view, preserving original term should be sought to provide fair acknowledgement for our previous civilizations.