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A number of Indian tribes used sumac for a variety of medical purposes ranging from bladder ailments, stomachache, gonorrhea, labor, diarrhea and arrow wounds to name a few. There are also reports that the powdered bark and dried berries where mixed with tobacco and used in peace pipe ceremonies. And though I have never tried them myself, there are also reports that eating the berries in large doses over an extended period of time will cause hallucinations of flying (Millspaugh, R. H. 1975, American Medical Plants. Dover Publishers, Inc. New York, N. Y.)
Used as a flower remedy, the blossom is supposed to still mental and emotional processes, allowing the intuitive right brain to predominate.
Murphy states that Rhus glabra is atrologically related to the moon.