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Mountain misery
Chamaebatia foliolosa
Mountain misery (Chamaebatia foliolosa) an Indian herbal medicine for flue and viruses

Mountain misery was used by the Indians of the Sierras as a medicine for various diseases like flues, colds, coughs, etc.

Take one leaf cluster of 4 or 5 leaves and steep it in a cup of hot water for 15-20 min. at the first symptoms of an illness. Somehow drink the tea. Some have found it useful as aroma therapy.

The first time I tried this plant, I had just come back from a rendezvous and many people had an illness that started as a fever and weakness progressing to a cough and laryngitis. I noticed one day that I was coming down with the symptoms that others had started with and been sick for more than a week. At the rendezvous I had been trading Mountain misery and had some left. So I made a cup of tea and drank it just before I went to bed. That night I woke up feeling very hot. In the morning the fever had left and I never did get the rest of the symptoms that the others had gotten.

I have tried this remedy several times since then, and usually it works but two times it apparently did nothing for me. It seems to work better on respiratory system flues better than on digestive system flues. It has not worked on colds (a respiratory infection without much fever or generalized aches).

Liver function seems to be enhanced by mountain misery. I know a Viet Nam veteran who now has cirrhosis because he was exposed to agent orange. He said drinking a cup of this tea a day for a month brought his liver function enzymes from very high to be in the normal range.  A nurse who tried this herb said "My liver function tests before mountain misery were between 45 and 66.  After 4-5 cups of tea over a week, they dropped to 22-31."

The common name "Mountain misery" was given to this low growing plant because its resinous leaves leave sticky resin on every thing they touch. Some people think the resin has an unpleasant medicine odor.

If you would like to try this ancient but potent Indian herbal remedy on your misery send $5 to:
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Chamaebatia foliolosa, sierra indian medicine for flue, cold, cough, laryngitis

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