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Primitive Medicine Cont.

  • 300 of them had a medical degree

  • within 3-6 years of beginning his apprenticeship, a doctor was doing his own surgery, bloodletting, tooth pulling and dressing wounds.

  • Some practicing privileges as medical school degree

  • no sick days were allowed

  • There was no shortage of theories in colonial times, like today we have many theories of treatment of cancer, viral infections, hypertension and alcoholism.

Basic Treatments:
  1. Stuff for a cold such as starve a fever.

  2. Bloodletting

  3. Blisters - made of Spanish fly beetles

  4. Cataplasms - poultice - for pain, swelling, discharge of pus

  5. Formentation - application of hot, moist substance and pain

  1. Anodynes - lessening pain, not useful for removing symptoms - inflammation opium - either

  2. Anti-arthritis - Epson salt, bark

  3. Anti-dysentery - Ipecac, blackberry wine, opium, honey, licorice, camphor oil, alcohol, warm bath and vomits.

  4. Antipyretics - to prevent or reduce fever - Bark - because it contains Quine

  5. Emetics - vomiting - tarter water and honey

  6. Muscular spasm - opium, wine(quarts and gallons daily) , bark oil of amber.

  7. Purgatives or cathartics - laxatives, salts, - Glauber, rhubarb, castor oil, Epson salt.

  8. Diaphoretics - camphor oil, opium, rhubarb, sweet bath

  9. Diuretics - milk, dandelions, juniper berries, and lemon juice.

  10. Stimulants - pepper, cinnamon, cloves, dill, sage, ginger, horse radish, lavender, nutmeg, spearmint

The following are some wildflowers that are believed to have healing properties:

  1. Indian Paintbrush - sooth burning skin, ease the burning sting of a centipede, roots cooked - dried up menstrual flow.

  2. Jack in the pulpit - made a starchy flour. Rich kids were tricked by poor kids to trade for this plant. They suffered from inflammation and tenderness of the tongue and mouth for hours afterwards. This plant can be used a s a pepper substitute, good for bronchitis.

  3. Trillium - 1. Chewed by Indians who thought it cured snakebites. 2. Astringent for diarrhea 3. Uterine stimulant in childbirth. 4. Roots steeped in water was supposed to ease sore nipples in nursing mothers.

  1. Virginia Bluebells (oysterleaf) - Fleshy leaves taste of oysters when chewed

  2. Yellow Ladies Slipper - used by Cherokee Indians to treat worms and nervous disease. Subdue pain and induce sleep.

  3. Dutchman's breeches - 1. Early settlers used preparation of the plant to treat urinary diseases. 2. Poultice for skin diseases. 3. Poisonous root can cause staggering in cattle who feed on the plant.

  4. Sweet White Violet - used to treat complexions when mixed with goats milk, used to strengthen heart muscles and also used to calm nerves. Still used today for salads and used in soups ad sauces as a thickening agent. Made into wine, candy, jam, and jelly. The jelly was also used for headaches and bedsores. The bad effect of the plant is that it can cause a temporary loss of smell.

This is just a sketchy overview of what Charlie presented. If you were at the meeting you had an opportunity to view his research and sources. If you have questions on this topic feel free to contact him.



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