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Tlingit Tribe turns to Devil's Club for ailments

From treating colds and stomach ulcers to warding off evil, a thorny called the Devil's Club is one of the most sacred items for the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska.

Tribal members use the plans to treat a wide variety of ailments. It can be chewed, mashed for a salve or steeped in tea. It is even called "Tlingit aspirin."

The plant doesn't just grow in Alaska. It can be found as far south as Oregon and as far east as Michigan.

Get the Story:
Devil's Club: A Medicine Cabinet for Alaska Tribe (NPR 7/27)