Pinaceae Larix occidentalis Nutt.

Western Larch

Thompson - Drug, Cancer Treatment

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 99

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Scientific name: Larix occidentalis Nutt.
USDA symbol: LAOC (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Western Larch
Family: Pinaceae
Family (APG): Pinaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Cancer Treatment
Notes: Decoction of small pieces of branches and tops used for cancer. A decoction of plant tops was used to wash the areas affected by cancer. A second decoction of branch pieces was taken internally. It made the emaciated patient get better and gain weight. This treatment was used after a 'western' doctor diagnosed the breast cancer patient as being terminal.

RECRD: 32147 id: 19561