Usage of Medicinal Orchids by North American Indians

  • Eng Soon Teoh


North American Indians lived very close to nature. They employed plants to treat distressing symptoms or disease. This included two dozen orchid species growing in marshes, meadows or woodlands. Early white settlers resorted to Indian remedies when in need because supplies from Europe were difficult to obtain. This resulted in some Indian remedies appearing in the pharmacopoeia of the United States and several European countries. Foremost among the medicinal orchids was Cypripedium parviflorum which was employed to treat hysteria and disorders of the nervous system. The chapter discusses all 24 species used by North American Indians.


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