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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 219-225
Original Article

A Comparison of Chinese and American Indian (Chumash) Medicine

1University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1985 Zonal Avenue PSC 508, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121, USA
2Ensenada, Mexico

Received 30 October 2007; Accepted 17 December 2007

Copyright © 2010 James D. Adams Jr et al. 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.


Chinese and Chumash traditional medical approaches are similar in terms of disease causation, use of acupuncture or healing touch, plants, spiritual and philosophical approaches. This article provides a brief comparison and discussion of Chinese and Chumash traditional medical practices. A table of 66 plants is presented along with Chinese and Chumash uses of each plant. These uses are compared and contrasted.