A Modern Appraisal of Ancient Etruscan Herbal Practices (Report)
American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology 2006, Jan, 1, 1
American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology
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INTRODUCTION In a recent article entitled "An Etruscan Herbal?" (vol 5, Etruscan News, http://www.umass.edu/etruscannews/), Kyle P Johnson of New York University made reference to eleven plants understood in antiquity to pertain to Etruscan religious practice. These plants being valerian Valeriana officinalis (Valerianaceae), arum Arum italicum (Araceae), pimpernel, scarlet or blue Anagallis arvensis / caerulae (Primulaceae), gentian Gentiana acaulis (Gentianaceae), tuberous thistle Cnicus tuberosus (Asteraceae), thyme Thymus vulgaris (Lamiaceae), feverfew Tanacetum parthenium (Asteraceae), madder Rubia tinctoria (Rubiaceae), helichrysum Helichrysum stoechas (Asteraceae), henbane Hyoscyamus niger (Solanaceae) and rough bindweed Smilax aspera (Smilacaceae). The author concluded "further study of the use of these herbs may reveal more about Etruscan religious and herbal practices" and to this end it seems logical to identify not only the modern herbalists view of these eleven plants, but also the opinion of modern scientific knowledge.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: 01 January 2006
- Publisher: Science Publications
- Print Length: 11 Pages
- Language: English