Like most other herbs, it has some reputation as a folk medicine.
Herb-gathering by moonlight, so important a feature in European folk medicine, seems to be no part of Cherokee ceremonial.
The curious directions for uncoiling the snake have parallels in European folk medicine.
But by no means all the Aphorisms are of a kind that could well become absorbed into folk medicine.
Folk medicine in all regions is still relying upon the potency of mystical cords and girdles to facilitate labor.
The same idea in regard to spittle is found in European folk medicine.
Herb lore and folk medicine lag not years, but centuries, behind the knowledge of their own day.