Many pharmaceutical drugs that are commonly used today come from our Native Americans. Their extensive knowledge of medicinal plants has contributed to present-day medicines that includes salicin. Willow contains salicin, which is acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. They used complex pain killers long before aspirin was developed by modern Science. Native Americans would boil a tea or chew the willow leaves or inner bark. The leaves and inner bark contains the medicinal extract, which helped relieve minor pain from headaches, joint pain, and toothaches. The same way aspirin is used today. The willow is often given the nickname ‘toothache tree’.
They would use all of nature, relying on the plants for there healing powers to combat illness. This could not be ignored by medical science. The pharmaceutical industry grew out of the use of the medical healing plants. Over 200 medical drugs and there source can be linked back to Native Americans for their use of healing plants. Native Americans believe in not only healing the body but also the mind and spirit. The healing practices can vary from individual spiritual tradition, prayers, and rituals because there are about 500 Native American Nations. Each having their own unique knowledge and understanding on the value of healing plants that “mother earth” gives us.
Contrary to popular belief there is no natural herb or remedy that could work against erectile dysfunction. A lot of research has been conducted and within the Native American cultures there are no remedies of the sort, the story was simply a marketing scheme to keep people from buying the drug.