In the West herbs are classified by their ingredients and can be recognized by means of their characteristics. Drugs then can be described only by means of their specialties in chemical formulas.
In Chinese medicine the herbs are classified with the influence they are making on the organism. Herbologists describe the actions that different sorts of herbs are making and try to collaborate with the Yin-Yang system which is one of the basis of the Chinese medicine and Planetary herbology as well. This heating-cooling system is working with people's health and state of mind resulting in better healing.
Japanese medicine is very much the same with the Chinese medicine manipulating the same types of herbs, but making an accent on agreement between some of traditional formulations. Although the Yin-Yang system takes place in Japanese medicine too, the differences are visible and the confusion is evident, if try to use traditional forms instead of adopted system created by some prominent herbologists.
Indian Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of natural healing, the basis of the construction of Planetary Herbology .Wise men from the whole world were traveling to India to find out the secrets of health and happiness. Eventually the knowledge about it spread from Himalayas, where they were naturally founded far away from here to Europe and Japan. As all the systems of Planetary herbology, the Ayurveda classifies the foods and herbs according to three humors: Vata (Air) is responsible for nervous system, Fire to all movement processes, like circulation, digestion and other processes, and Water to aspects of organism coverage, blood and bones. When all three of these humors cooperate the state of health is good, but as soon as at least one of them does not work properly the imbalance forms diseases.
The Old American traditions used plants in their herbology system. They even divided some of them into day and night parts, pretty much the same as for Chinese medicine. Native Americans also discovered a lot of unique local herbs that were used only in Native American medicine. In this way the northern and southern American tribes contributed to the system of Planetary herbology, adding the unique examples of their healing system.