The consumption of botanical supplements in the United States has been increasing at a rapid rate and this trend is expected to continue. In many cases, the original use of the herbs for wellness appear to have come from Native Americans.
Seven of the 10 most common botanicals sold in the United States were used extensively by Native Americans.
Long before medical technology was available, pioneer doctors relied on Native American knowledge of nature to treat illness. Our ancestors freely shared their healing knowledge of plants, roots and berries with early settlers. In fact, Native American herbal treatments were so effective, many have been refined into present day medicine.
Native American use of herbs for health and healing and the sharing of that knowledge is not often a story told.
Read more about the Native American herbal legacy at http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/72/2/339.long#sec-2