Native American Medicine is present at Indian tribes of North America which are applying their methods of treatment, according to some sources, more than 4000 years.
Medical information and techniques of Native American medicine are passed on from generation to generation. This ensures longevity practices. Some drugs are characteristic of the tribe to tribe, although not all tribal medicine collectively called indigenous American medicine.
While indigenous Native American medicine applied in North America, the traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda applied to the other end of the world. The fascinating thing is that all of these traditional medical practices based on the same basic belief, which is that the human health associated with the laws of nature, and work on the return of energy balance which, if completed and the establishment of the body, bringing health and happiness.
Native American medicine is passed from generation to generation
Native American medicine believes that man is one with nature and its elements provide the power and can cure the disease. Native American medicine combines religion, spirituality, herbs and rituals to rid the patient’s illness and emotional problems. There are many differences between the tribes, their rituals and beliefs are different. Most sacred traditions are still kept secret, and the surrender of one to the other healers.
Here is the list of the prevalent plants in Native American medicine:
- Alfalfa: It helps to stabilize digestion, blood clotting and strength immune system. It can be used in cases of bladder problems, kidney problems and arthritis.
- Aloe: The dense fluid from squeezed leaves of this plant can be used for insect bites, burns and wounds.
- Aspen: The inner bark (xylem) used like tea can treat a cough, fever and pain. Ingredient salicin is the main component for aspirin.
- Bee pollen: Can be mixed with food and, in that case, enhance our immune system, aid digestion and can boost energy. It`s not recommended for people allergic on bee pollen.
- Beeswax: It`s used as salve just externally for insect bites and burns.
- Blackberry: The leaves, bark and root when crushed and used like in tea can stimulate the metabolism, treat diarrhea and reduce inflammation. As a gargle, it treats inflammation of the gums, mouth ulcers and sore throats.
- Black Raspberry: Crushed roots can be used boiled and chewed or as a tea for general intestinal distress,diarrhea and to relieve coughs.
- Buckwheat: The seeds are used as porridge or in soups to relieve diarrhea, help with blood clotting and lower high blood pressure.
- Cayenne: The pods drunk like tea or taken with food are used for relieving a pain. Also are used to treat digestive distress and arthritis. They act as the anesthetic and an antiseptic to numb a pain.
- Chamomile: Used as a tea can treat nausea and intestinal problems.
- Chokecherry: Usually they are crushed, pitted and dried and used into tea. They are used for a cough and flu, colds, nausea inflammation and diarrhea.
- Echinacea: This Native American medicine is used for fight fever and infection, to strengthen our immune system, an antiseptic, and to treat a cough, flu and colds.
- Eucalyptus: The oil from roots and leaves used in a tea is used for a treat sore throat, fever, flu and coughs.
- Fennel: It`s a plant with the licorice flavor. Chewed or like tea is used to relieve a sore throat, coughs, relief diarrhea, aid digestion, colds, headaches and as a poultice for eye relief.
- Feverfew: Is a Native American medicine for headaches (a migraine), fever, joint and muscle pains, asthma and digestive problems.
- Feverwort: It`s remedy for joint stiffness, itching, pain and fever. This remedy can be crushed as a poultice, salve, chewed or used like tea.
- Ginger root: Is a very powerful plant that Native American medicine is used. Crushed can be consumed in our food like a poultice, salve or like a tea. It helps for joint pain, bronchitis, flu, coughs, colds, aids circulation, aid digestive health and is anti-inflammatory.
- Ginseng: This herb was used as an additive to food, poultice or like tea to boost energy, treat fatigue, to strengthen our immune system and helps for lung and liver function.
- Goldenrod: It`s considered like another all in one Native American medicine. It`s used for chest congestion, bronchitis, flu inflammation, sore throats, colds and like antiseptic for abrasions and cuts.
- Honeysuckle: The leaves, flowers, stems and berries are used for treating skin infections and bee stings. It has anti-inflammatory properties and like tea is used for sore throats, headaches and colds.
- Hops: Used as a tea for digestive problems.
- Licorice: Leaves and roots are used for sore throats, colds and coughs. If you have toothaches you can chew a root.
- Mullein: It can be added to food or salad or infused in tea to treat lung afflictions, congestion, coughs and inflammation.
- Passion flower: The roots and leaves are used for tea to treat muscle pain and anxiety. It can be used as a poultice for skin injuries like insect bites, boils and burns made from passion flower.
- Red clover: The roots, flowers and leaves are used to prepare tea to treat respiratory conditions, manage inflammation and improve circulation.
- Rose hip: This is orange to a red berry that you can find in the fruit of wild roses. It`s an excellent source of vitamin C and you can eat, use for tea or add in the food to treat intestinal distress, coughs, colds and as antiseptic for inflammation.
- Rosemary: Used as a tea or in the food to improve circulation, cleanser for our metabolism and to treat muscle pain.
- Sage: It`s an insect repellent and is used for a sore throat, colds and digestive disorders.
- Spearmint: Is used to treat colds, coughs, respiratory distress, stimulation of blood circulation and cure for diarrhea.
- Valerian: Tea from this plant can relieve muscle pain, aches and has a calming effect.