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Book Review: Micmac Medicines

Aboriginals everywhere in the world rely on natural remedies when illnesses manifest themselves.

In every aboriginal community, one or two individuals gather herbs, barks, and other plants to prepare lotions and pomades to administer to patients.

Most work for mainstream illnesses, and some claim for even very serious and terminal maladies.

The author is a naturalist of Micmac ancestry, and spends much of his time gathering and researching the medicinal use of plants.

Micmacs (Mi’kmaq) are native to the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Quebec, and Maine (USA) with an estimated population of 40,000, 25 per cent of which speak the language once written in hyerogliphic symbols.

Micmacs are semi-nomadic people, spend summers on the shores gathering seafood, and winters in the interior hunting moose, caribou, deer, bear, rabbit, and beaver.

Their ancestral homes are wigwams that can accommodate 10 to 15 persons, some more and may be conical or dome shaped.

In this book, the author explains the gathering of plants and their preparation. Some explanations are general in nature, others in exact recipes i.e bruised blackberry root in boiled water for diarrhoea, dried root of burdock as a general tonic, strawberry leaves for stomach cramps and dysentery.

This is a valuable book for those who believe in natural remedies, rather than manufactured medications, which many believe to be superior.

Aboriginals have lived long and happy lives for milenia using natural


There is no reason to believe that manufactured medications are better than natural remedies, except for convenience, and regulated dosage of any remedy.

Please, note that Chinese, most people living in rural areas, and Middle Eastern populations have effective natural remedies that work well.

This book provides ample information about them.

Highly recommended.

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