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Traditional Indian Medicine

The World Health Organization defines Traditional Medicine as “The sum total of knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement of treatment of physical and mental illness.” (http://www.who.int)

Traditional Indian Medicine (TIM) is a broad term that encompasses a wide array of healing practices that are based upon the indigenous knowledge of American Indian/Alaska Native people. Founded on the principle that optimal health and wellness occurs when there is balance between interrelated areas of life within each individual - namely the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual parts of a person - Traditional Indian Medicine is the form of healing that is used to address illnesses and/or other imbalances affecting the mind, body and spirit.

Patients may access TIM services by calling the Traditional Health Director at (206) 324-9360, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or they may request services through their healthcare provider.

The Traditional Health Director provides TIM services for the general community to include visits, consultations or presentations about the integration of TIM services. Please call the number above for more information.



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Lacrosse - The Medicine Game


The Lacrosse Our Own Way video showcases a local area Lacrosse program that incorporates Indigenous values as a part of the game. 

"Back home we refer to it [Lacrosse] as the Medicine Game because it carries these features of togetherness and unity and these principles that take care of our well-being." Gienhyaw (Dave Waterman) Oneida Nation - Turtle Clan (Team Coach)


This video was made as a part of SIHB's Traditional Medicine department and the Circles of Care project.