Use Mexican Folk Medicine

Use Mexican Folk Medicine

Derived from a combination of Aztec, Native American and Spanish influence, Mexican folk medicine is indeed multicultural. With many treatments enlisting the use of popular herbs and vegetables, common cures are quite affordable. Known as “curanderismo,” Mexican folk medicine is still popular today. It includes treatments like ground rattlesnake meat for healing cuts and sores. Follow these steps to learn more.


Locate Materials

1. Use rosemary, a broadly available herb said to effectively treat earaches, skin rashes and various minor illnesses. It’s known to possess many powerful healing properties. You can find it among the fresh spices at your grocery store.

2. Explore the many-faceted popularity of “yerba buena,” a form of mint used in tea. Drinking the tea may aid in curing indigestion and other common forms of stomach discomfort. In the folk tradition, whole leaves are boiled along with the water for the tea.

3. Purchase ground rattlesnake in capsule form to fight serious illness. Known more likely in Mexico than in the United States, rattlesnake meat is used to treat a number of maladies from indigestion to erectile dysfunction to cancer. The ground powder is also applied externally to wounds to speed healing. Use with recommendation of a “curandero,” or folk healer.

Apply Appropriately

4. Be aware that in many of the Mexican folk healing traditions, the healing process must be spiritually oriented. In the past, a healer would be brought in to determine what in the spirit world had caused an injury or illness to appear.

5. Find recommended practices and literature in a “Botanica,” which is a store where “curanderismo” items may be found. In many cases, a “bonafide curandero,” or Mexican folk healer may be found on the premises. Ask for advice while you’re looking.

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6. Know that the spiritual side of “curanderismo” must be respected and represented for best results in Mexican folk medicine. When traditions are followed to the letter, success tends to follow more consistently. Learn more by reading Eliseo Torres’ book “Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing” (see Resources below).