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Iroquois medical botany

Traditional medical usage of herbs in the culture of the six Native American peoples that constitute the Iroquois League. According to the Iroquois theory of disease, symptoms are manifestations of a disturbance of the “vital principle” (life force) within an individual and result from any of four acts: (1) violating a divine guideline, (2) self-denial, (3) interacting with entities or events that give off “negative power” or evil, and (4) offending someone who has access to “great knowledge” regarding the manipulation of “spirit forces.” Iroquois herbal “medicines” include “antighost” plants, “anti-witching remedies,” and “cures” for “bad luck” and even death.
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