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- n. tall herb of eastern North America and Asia having blue berrylike fruit and a thick knotty rootstock formerly used medicinally
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-- Take of moccasin flower root two ounces, cayenne pepper two ounces, blueberry root two ounces, asafoetida a half ounce, lobelia seeds a half ounce; pulverize all these articles, then add them to 1 quart of good spirits of any kind, let them digest eight or ten days in sun heat, shaking it well every day.
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.