Elaeagnaceae Elaeagnus commutata Bernh. ex Rydb.
Thompson - Drug, Venereal Aid
Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J., Laurence C. Thompson and M. Terry Thompson et al., 1990, Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia, Victoria. Royal British Columbia Museum, page 207
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Scientific name: Elaeagnus commutata Bernh. ex Rydb.
USDA symbol: ELCO (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Silverberry
Family (APG): Elaeagnaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Venereal Aid
Notes: Decoction of roots and sumac roots taken for syphilis. This medicine was considered very poisonous and had to be taken with fish head soup to counteract the poison. One informant who was treated with this medicine recovered from syphilis but, afterwards, could never have children.
RECRD: 32711 id: 12992