Plants Widely Used among Native-American Tribes
[WILD BLUE IRIS; LIVER LILY]
cholagogue/laxative constipation (Creek Indians)
emetic TOXICITY IN THE G.I. TRACT (Ojibwe & other tribes)
vulnerary & SORES & burns (Meskwaki & Manouan Indians) analgesic swellings (Ojibwe & Potawatomi Indians)
painful areas (Tadoussac Indians)
earache (Missouri Valley Indians)
[BLACK ROOT; CULVER’S PHYSIC; LEPTANDRA]
(Veronicastrum virginicum [formerly: Leptandra virginicum])
febrifuge fever (esp. w/chills) (Iroquois Indians)
biliousness (Iroquois Indians)
laxative/cathartic constipation (Ojibwe, Menominee,
Meskwaki & Seneca Indians)
antilithic kidney stones (Meskwaki Indians)
FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN HERBALISM
LESSON #4: NATIVE-AMERICAN PLANT MEDICINE
(You will need only your Workbook and Textbook [300 Herbs] to answer these lesson questions.)
1. Describe the native-American contribution to the early American pharmacopoeias, providing a sense of its import.
2. Looking at the way native-American tribes have utilized wild geranium, which predominant physiological effect would you say that it possesses? (Clue: Your answer should be one word, and that word should be one of the terms defined in glossary of your textbook, 300 Herbs.)
3. How did a plant used by the Indians to alleviate poison-ivy rash wind up attracting the attention of white American physicians, and what did the U. S. Dispensatory say about this application?
4. Which plant, mentioned in the Workbook, has been used by 5 different native-American tribes for fever?
5. Why would Solomon’s seal be helpful for respiratory soreness, as the Ojibwe Indians were prone to use it?
6. Name two plants used by native-Americans for earache and by which tribes they were utilized.
7. Name one plant used by native-Americans for colic in infants/toddlers and how it was utilized.
8. Native-Americans treated insect bites and stings effectively with the aid of a number of plants. Name the two mentioned in this lesson and describe how one of them was utilized in this regard.
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