Although conventional medicine won’t acknowledge any of the things that the American Indians use and have used for over 40,000 years as cures for the many ailments that people suffer, they certainly cannot disprove their effectiveness either. In fact it can be said that a lot of the things they used such as herbs and different procedure to cleanse a person do have obvious benefits. Native Americans use a combination of herbs, religion, different rituals and their spirituality to help with a lot of different medical issues and many say it has worked wonders for them.
One of the first things that the American Indians will do is to use purifying and cleansing techniques in order to help the patient to become a lot more receptive to the techniques that they offer to help them heal. These purifying and cleansing techniques may include different herbal teas that will cause a person to vomit, smudge (using smoke from plants to cleanse a person) and sweat lodges. These sweat lodges are kept dark and are enclosed with a fire in the middle that keeps stones hot. These techniques are also used for changing a person's awareness. Other things that are done for purification can be singing, chanting, dancing, and sometimes even hallucinogenic substances produced naturally by nature.
For people who are suffering from different kinds of respiratory conditions are often treated by American Indians with skunk cabbage. This is said to be able to loosen up any phlegm a person may have and it is also used for those who may have asthma. Other herbs used are called pleurisy root and wormwood and they are often used for the symptoms that come with bronchitis. The pleurisy root is also used for pneumonia. For coughing they often use things like bone-set, aspen tea, wild cherry tea, sarsaparilla, rabbit tobacco, white pine tea, as well as blood root. Sage is also often used to help to combat the symptoms of a cold or the flu.
If a person has diarrhea, some of the herbs that they claim that are good for this condition would be black cherry root, tea made from dogwood bark, black raspberry roots as well as black cherry fruit juice that has been fermented. For heartburn and any urinary tract problems it is said that using dandelion roots will help ease these problems and sage can be used to treat upset stomachs. Juniper can also be used for diarrhea and urinary infections.
Other problems that may arise such as kidney problems are treated with oak and wild yam root can be used for hormonal imbalances. Sage can also be used for cuts, TB, colds and bruises. Purple cone flower is good for bites from insects, snake bites, gonorrhea, toothaches and sore throats.
Safety Note: Although a lot of people swear by these treatments it is important to note that none of these have been medically tested to see if there will be any interactions with other medicines or supplements that a person might already be taking and are not regulated or endorsed by the FDA. Always make sure to check with your doctor first before trying any of these remedies.