Native Americans and Herbal Rememdies
Posted November 19, 2008on:
Anthony Chihoke described some herbal healing in his book, “Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies,” by stating that an herb was defined depending on the person you ask. He contends that some people say that an herb has to have a woody stem and also has to be able to be used for flavoring or medicine. Others contend that an herb is not a woody plant at all and can by herbaceous. No matter the definition, most herbs are aligned with the idea that the herbs, no matter how they are defined, are referenced as healing.
So how did the Native Americans find out if an herb was medicinal or not. It really came down to trail and error. If they tried an herb on a patient and the patient reported that they felt better, they would keep using it. The Native Americans relied on colors of the herbs and aligned those colors to the forces of the body. For example, if the herb was red, they would closely align the healing properties of that herb as a medicine for blood diseases. If it was yellow, they would treat the patient for jaundice or other disease that made the skin a yellow color or if the patient had a yellow discharge that was emitting itself from the body.