Native American medicine


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Na·tive A·mer·i·can med·i·cine

(nā'tiv ă-mer'i-kăn med'i-sin)
Therapy based on a spiritual view of life. Methods of healing include prayer, chanting, music, smudging (burning sage or aromatic woods), herbs, laying-on of hands, massage, counseling, imagery, fasting, harmonizing with nature, dreaming, sweat lodges, taking hallucinogens (e.g., peyote), developing inner silence, going on a shamanic journey, and partaking in ceremony.

Native American medicine

Traditional, culturally specific beliefs and practices of Native Americans regarding health that emphasize awareness of self and spirit, rest, connection with nature, herbal medicine, social support, and ceremonial or ritualistic healing.
See also: medicine
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Medicine Path, Healing Songs and Stories of the Northwest Native Americans, Sounds True Recordings, Boulder, CO, told by Native teller Johnny Moses (Whistemmenknee, Walking Medicine Robe) who is one of the greatest voices of Native American medicine.
I was puzzled, to say the least, but nevertheless delighted and wallowed for a day or two in the sort of awe normally afforded to an ancient native American medicine man or African voodoo witch doctor.
A number of "Plastic Medicine People" have surfaced in the New Age movement, typically Euro-Americans claiming mentorship by "authentic Native American medicine people." These "Shake and Bake Shamans," as some Native American activists have dubbed them, write best-selling books and lead expensive workshops claiming to teach their consumers "how to practice Native American spirituality."
Information regarding their preparation and uses had come largely from the accumulated knowledge of native American medicine men.

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