At first glance, the name “Therapia” may seem to denote an imaginary land, but Therapia is real and still alive as a neighborhood on the European coast of the Bosphorus strait (Bogazici) in Istanbul. Although the original name has changed slightly, to “Tarabya,” in modern-day Turkish, this piece of land devoted to the concept of healing has existed since ancient times. In old texts, the nearby area was said to host a temple dedicated to Hecate, the goddess of darkness, fertility, the moon, the underworld, and witchcraft (1, 2). From this, it is possible to assume that there was a tradition of interest in knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants in the area. It is where Medea, in the story of the Argonauts, drops her herbal bag while she is fleeing with Jason, and the former name of the vicinity, Pharmakos, is derived from this legend (1–3). However, as the name also implied poison, to avoid hesitation in potential settlers the vicinity was renamed Therapia in about A.D. 500 (1–3). It is possible to regard this story as an indication of early contention or agreement between “pharmacy” and “therapy.” Alternative explanations may be considered regarding the origins of the names. As the land was a piece of paradise overlooking a cove on the Bosphorus, ancient genius might have tried to protect the area by introducing a fearful name, Pharmakos. The beautiful cove and green land might have given a sense of “therapy” to the southbound sailors after the dark and stormy waters of the Black Sea.