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Native American Formula #4
Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium L.) root was dried and pulverized.
This herb was used for a headache and for a serious affection of the nerves, the headache being a symptom. May also be accompanied by outh twitches, dizziness, and in the case of insanity another herb was added.
There were 5 ways of administering this herb.
- 4 pieces of the dried root about the size of a pea were pulverized and the dry powder was snuffed up the nose.
- The powdered root was put on hot stones. The patient's head was covered and the fumes inhaled.
- The powdered root was moistened with lukewarm water and applied to incisions on the temples by eans of soft duck down.
- Dried, chewed.
- A decoction make and taken internally