Since 1985, there has been an active attempt by just a few of us researchers to better understand Unani medicine.
Unani medicine is now ready to expand the popularity of its practice in the United States (see links below), much like the practices of Caribbean African-American did about 20 years ago, in parts of the Southeastern and Southwestern United States (i.e. African herbalism, divining, spirituality, voodoo, hoodoo, etc.).
Unani medicine has two cultural links–India and the Middle East (mostly Iran and Iraq).
The social settings with the longest history of Unani practice are probably in the New York-New Jersey region, where they first developed storefronts and clinics devoted to this healing faith.
There are a number of features of Unaniism that make it attractive to western medical patients. Unaniism has a unique philosophy on personal, culture and mental health, attractive to some in much the same way that homeopathy, aromatherapy, shamanism, traditional chinese medicine and drumming have become popular culture complementary-alternative medicine (CAM) ways to treat certain patients.
The following are additional sources on Unani practice:
I focus extensively on Unaniism at my Pinterest page devoted to International Health at
and use it to demonstrate mixed research methods (combined qualitative/quantitative for PIPS and QIAs) at:
Benchmarks for Training in Unani Medicine (WHO) — http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/documents/s17558en/s17558en.pdf
WHO and Unani growth and development — http://www.unani.com/who%20&%20unani.htm