Rosaceae Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt. ex M. Roemer

Saskatoon Serviceberry

Thompson - Drug, Gynecological 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 253

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Scientific name: Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt. ex M. Roemer
USDA symbol: AMALA (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Saskatoon Serviceberry
Family: Rosaceae
Family (APG): Rosaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Gynecological Aid
Notes: Strong decoction of bark taken by women after childbirth to hasten the dropping of the afterbirth. The decoction was taken immediately after childbirth. The medicine made from the tall variety of saskatoon was said to clean her out and help heal her insides. It was also said to stop her menstrual periods after the baby was born and hence act as a form of birth control.

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