Native American Medicines: If you seek health, look around you

Native American Medicines

Century plants take many years to flower, although not a century. The Century Plant provided Native Americans with a source of soap, food, fiber, medicine and weapons. CC BY 2.0/Wikimedia

Native American Medicines

Many pharmaceutical medicines come from Native herbs and plants. Native people had a cure for anything that bothered them, however we did not deal with a lot of sickness or disease. Diabetes, tuberculosis, measles and cancer were unheard of in our populations, so these diseases are a relatively new phenomena.

There are still healers among the Native people who know the original practices of medicine men and the herbs and plants necessary to bring healing. There are medicine men practicing today, descendants of generations of medicine people who knew where to look, what to look for, and how to use it. One example is Honey Bee Medicine.

To learn more about the historical health of our native peoples, and how it changed with the arrival of the Europeans, read my book, Dancing My Dream, available through this web site and through

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