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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 143-147

Palliative Care Among Chumash People

1Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2Chumash Healer, Granada Hills, CA, USA

Received 28 January 2005; Accepted 4 April 2005

Copyright © 2005 James D. Adams and James D. Adams. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Chumash Healers used breathing therapy and counseling to keep patients involved in daily life and to avoid depression. Heat therapy, massage and pain medications were used to help with pain. Another primary function of the Healer was to help the patient sleep as normally as possible, possibly using mugwort or momoy. Nutrition was considered by Healers in treating their patients. The overall concern of the Healer was to help maintain the daily routine of village life during the normal process of the death of a village member.