Greetings, fellow practiser of the Art. Or just an interested bypasser.
Whoever you might be, welcome to my Herbalism Test.
I will test your knowledge of Herbal Medicine, sometimes referred to as
Herbalism or Botanical Medicine, which means the use of herbs for their
therapeutic or medicinal value. An herb is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, aromatic or savory qualities.
Herb plants produce and contain a variety of chemical substances that act upon the body. Some of these acts have been verified by scientific methods but most of the information is the more or less ancient heritage of various cultures near and far. They methodically collected information on herbs and eventually developed well-defined herbal pharmacopoeias. Indeed, well into the 20th century much of the pharmacopoeia of scientific medicine was derived from the herbal lore of native peoples. Many drugs commonly used today are of herbal origin.
Herbal Medicine can be broadly classified into various basic systems:
Traditional Chinese Herbalism, which is part of Traditional Oriental
Medicine, Ayurvedic Herbalism, which is derived from Ayurveda, and Western
Herbalism, which originally came from Greece and Rome to Europe and then
spread to North and South America.
My own knowledge is mainly Western and Nordic since that's where I've dwelled all my life. Consequently this test will concentrate on european herbs, but I assume most of them are known everywhere in the world. To minimize the misunderstandings I have usually given the scientific name of the herb in question after the english one and whenever these two should, in your opinion, be of different plants, stick to the scientific one.
Feel free to comment. I'm eager to learn more and make this test better :)