Rubiaceae Cephalanthus occidentalis L.
Seminole - Drug, Blood Medicine
Use documented by:
Sturtevant, William, 1954, The Mikasuki Seminole: Medical Beliefs and Practices, Yale University, PhD Thesis, page 247
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Scientific name: Cephalanthus occidentalis L.
USDA symbol: CEOC2 (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Common Buttonbush
Family (APG): Rubiaceae
Native American Tribe: Seminole
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Blood Medicine
Notes: Decoction of roots taken for menstruation sickness: yellow eyes and skin, weakness and shaking head. If a man has sexual intercourse with a woman during her menstrual period, the results were more serious than the other menstruation sickness. A doctor would never do this, as it would damage the 'medicine' which he has in his body. Other men were, sometimes, willing to take the risk.
RECRD: 61969 id: 8841