Other uses and values
American Indians ate redosier dogwood fruits and utilized redosier dogwood stems and bark in tonics and emetics to treat ailments, in smoke for an intoxicating effect, and in the construction of structures and tools. The Flathead and Kootenai ate a "sweet and sour" mixture of serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.), redosier dogwood fruits, and sugar . A review reports that redosier dogwood was used in gynecological medicines by aboriginal people of northwestern North America . The Quileute and Salish used redosier dogwood bark in tonic tea to treat fevers and coughs [200,235]. The Salish from the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island soaked redosier dogwood bark in warm water and drank enough of the extract to induce vomiting. This treatment served to cleanse the stomach and improve breathing. The redosier dogwood extract is still drunk by canoe pullers before races . The inner bark of redosier dogwood stems was dried and smoked by American Indians for a narcotic effect . Blackfeet in the northwestern Great Plains  and other tribes in Montana were said to smoke redosier dogwood . Redosier dogwood stems were utilized in various types of tools and construction. The Dena'ina of south-central Alaska used redosier dogwood stems in basketry . The Chumash of California used long redosier dogwood stems as fishing poles and in the construction of canoes and baby cradles . The Flathead and Kootenai used redosier dogwood to make arrows, drumsticks, and tepee stakes .
Families living in Quebec in the first part of the 20th century believed that daily ingestions of redosier dogwood would prevent a miscarriage . Neither the portion of the plant used or preparation of the plant material was described.
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