Indian mud is a term for bloodroot. Bloodroot
was used as a Native American medicine. Click on the hyperlink for a Web site on the plant.
"Indian mud" has been promoted as a cancer cure or treatment. In Washington, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has attempted to discourage fraudulent claims regarding its success (http://www.atg.wa.gov/releases/rel_cancercure_031502.html, and http://www.atg.wa.gov/releases/rel_walker_071202.html). There have also been lawsuits filed by the Federal trade Commission (http://www.ftc.gov/os/2002/04/davidwalkercmp.pdf). Check out "Quackwatch" at http://www.quackwatch.org/00AboutQuackwatch/altseek.html.