Ayurvedic Herbalism
Lesson 17 - Correct Answer Key

    Correct answers are indicated by an asterisk (*).

  1. 1. The Ayurvedic system of herbalism traces its roots back five thousand years to
    A. the Kunlun Mountains of Tibet
    *B. the Himalayan Mountains of India
    C. the Gobi region of China
    D. the Nile valley of Egypt

  2. The word "Ayurveda" comes from two Sanskrit words; Ayus, or "life," and Veda, or "knowledge." "Ayurveda" has thus been translated as
    A. the knowledge of life
    B. the science of life
    C. the knowledge of life span
    *D. all of the above

  3. The Ayurvedic system was first written down in the first century A.D. by the Ayurvedic physician
    A. Galen
    B. Hippocrates
    *C. Charaka
    D. Marcus Welby

  4. While searching for a shorter trade route to acquire the herbs and spices of India, an Italian sailor by the name of Christopher Columbus stumbled upon the great continent of North America.

  5. Which of the following statements does not characterize Ayurvedic philosophy:
    A. Illnesses of the mind are just as important as illnesses of the body.
    B. In order to avoid illness and pain, one must control the destructive (and destructive) nature.
    C. Living in harmony with the environment is essential to one's mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
    D. Prevention is more desirable than a cure.
    *E. Treatment should focus on the symptom, rather than the underlying cause.

  6. The ideal of Ayurvedic medicine is to develop an individual's natural resistance to disease to the point where one's _______ system can function as one's best medicine.
    A. cardiovascular
    *B. immune
    C. nervous
    D. intestinal
    E. respiratory

  7. Today's Ayurvedic physicians, like their predecessors, recognize three major body (or physiology) types which they refer to as the three
    A. Stooges
    *B. Doshas
    C. Morphs
    D. Elements

  8. In addition to herbalism, Ayurvedic physicians also use
    A. meditation
    B. hatha yoga
    C. aromatherapy
    D. music therapy
    *E. all of the above

  9. Herbalists who draw upon various traditions (e.g., Chinese, Ayurvedic, etc.)--choosing what appears to be the best for any given situation--are referred to as
    *A. eclectic
    B. mixers
    C. confused
    D. synergistic
    E. holistic

  10. Ayurvedic herbalism uses single herbs. Herbal combinations are rarely if ever used.

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