NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE
To Native Americans, people must stay in harmony with themselves, with other people, with their natural environment, and their Creator.
They believed that most illnesses had a spiritual cause, which created an imbalance between the body, mind, and spirit.
For them, bad spirits caused the harm.
They used herbs to purify the spirit and bring balance to people who are unhealthy in spirit, mind, or body.
They learned about the healing powers of herbs by watching sick animals.
Medicine people were healers who had power in the tribe. Some medicine people were also shamans (holy men and women). They were good at in herbal medicine, bandaging, and setting bones. They kept their sacred medicine tools (stones, animal bones, herbs) in a bundle. It was very powerful for them.
(by 2LSB & 2LSA)