Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: Animal Medicine And Totems
Chapter 2: Sweat Lodge
Chapter 3: Dreamcatchers
Chapter 4: Feathers in Healing
Chapter 5: Prayer Ties
Chapter 6: Smudging
Chapter 7: Peace Pipes
Chapter 8: Healing Herbs
Chapter 9: Medicine Wheel
Chapter 10: Medicine Man
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Chapter 2: Sweat Lodge
The sweat lodge is a Native American custom where people get into a dome-shaped dwelling to go through a sauna-like environment. The lodge itself is commonly a wooden-framed structure made from tree limbs. Hot rocks are laid inside an earthen-dug pit set in the center of this man-made enclosure.
Water is sporadically poured over the heated rocks to produce a hot and steamy room. The sweat ceremonial is meant as a spiritual reunion with the creator and a venerating connection to the earth itself as much as it’s meant for purging toxins from the physical body.
Purging Things From The Body
Mental mending – The sweat lodge ceremonial presents its participants the chance to free their minds of distractions, offering lucidity.
Spiritual mending – The sweat lodge ceremonial provides a place for introspection and connection to the planet and the spirit domain.
Physical Healing –
The sweat lodge ceremonial presents anti-bacterial and wound-healing advantages. An entire Medical Review of the health advantages and risks of Native American sweat lodges were published by the Indian Health Service in 1998.
The heat of a sweat lodge is able to raise core body temperature, producing what may be called a “temporary fever.” In a sauna at 80 degrees Centigrade (C), grownups raise their rectal temperature about 1 degree C after a half-hour. There’s increasing evidence that mild to moderate pinnacles of temperature may heighten particular and nonspecific immunity.
Febrile temperatures have been demonstrated to advance the migration of neutrophiles, the production of antibacterial matters by leukocytes, and the antiviral action of interferon. An experiment with mice contaminated with herpes supplies a dramatic illustration of bettered host defenses: increasing their core temperature by 2 degrees Centigrade bettered their survival rate from 0% to 100%.
Hyperthermia seems to be a promising modality for cancer handling when blended with radiotherapy or chemotherapy, though the experimental body temperatures (41-45 degrees C) are well above those received in a sweat lodge.
Yet there might likewise be anti-cancer benefits to elevating body temperature to the febrile range. Elevated temperatures have been evidenced to retard the proliferation of particular tumor cells, increase the antitumor action of interferon and interleukins, and heighten the killing efficiency of particular cytotoxic t-lymphocytes
The idea that injurious “toxins” may be eliminated from the body by sweating is a popular one, as demonstrated by these quotes from publications designated for the general public: “Sweating is among our most crucial mechanisms of natural healing, as it allows the body to free itself of unwanted materials, “Impurities in a lot of body organs are purged out as the capillaries dilate and the heart step-ups its pace, “‘Heat stress’…is really effective in freeing fat-stored toxins from the cells.
While there’s no doubt that sweat glands are excretory organs, the clinical implication of human sweat as an excretory pathway for particular substances has got little scientific scrutiny.
However there may be dangers to this type of treatment. Make sure that you check with a doctor first and pay attention to the cues your body is giving you.
Chapter 3: Dreamcatchers
The earliest dreamcatchers (sacred hoops) were crafted for youngsters to protect them from nightmares. Dreamcatchers were originally made by the youngsters of the American native Kiowa and Cherokee tribes.
Dreamcatchers constitute a spider’s web with a hole in the centre. The web catches the foul dreams which melt in the sunshine, and the beneficial dreams pass through the center hole and travel down the feather suspended from the center.
The legend of the Native American dreamcatcher deviates somewhat from tribe to tribe, however the basic theme or aim was to let good dreams slip through the web and into the sleeper during the nighttime while the foul dreams were caught up in the web and would be perished at break of day light. The Lakota Legend has the opposing notion that the web will catch your great ideas and the bad ones will pass through the hole.
The earliest dreamcatchers, normally called Sacred Hoops, were crafted by parents to protect their youngsters from nightmares. Newborns were presented charms that were wound in the form of spider webs to protect their dreams so their innocence wouldn’t be harmed by the pranksters of the night. The dream catcher charm is hung from the hoop on the cradle.
How They Were Made
Dreamcatcher hoops were in the beginning made out of willow and covered up with sage, the web was made from deer tendon. Modern dreamcatchers are constructed with wood or metal wound in leather strips, artificial tendon replace the now forbidden utilization of deer tendon. The decoration of the web along with the form, size and colors utilized is left to the artisan’s imagination. Feathers bound to the dreamcatcher are meant to assist the flight of great dreams.
The Story of the Dreamcatcher From The Chippewa
A spider was softly spinning his web in his own place. It was alongside the sleeping space of Nokomis, the grandma. Every day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, softly spinning away.
One day as she was looking at him, her grandson entered. “Nokomis-iya!” he cried, peeking at the spider. He stamped over to the spider, gathered up a shoe and went to hit it.
“No-keegwa,” the old lady whispered, “don’t harm him.”
“Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?” Enquired the little boy.
The old lady smiled, but didn’t answer. Once the boy left, the spider went to the old lady and thanked her for sparing his life. He stated to her, “For numerous days you’ve watched me spin and weave my web. You’ve admired my work. In return for sparing my life, I’ll give you a gift.”
He smiled his particular spider smile and moved away, spinning as he exited.
Before long the moon glistened on a magical silverish web moving softly in the window. “See how I spin?” he stated. “See and learn, for every web will snare foul dreams.
Only great dreams will run through the little hole. This is my present to you. Use it so that only great dreams will be recalled. The foul dreams will get hopelessly entangled in the web.”
This is an ancient legend, as dreams will never cease, hang this dream net above your bed, dream on, and be at peace.Other Details
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