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Indigenous Treatments: Curanderismo

Curanderismo is a Mexican American folk healing tradition that represents a fusion of Judeo-Christian religious beliefs, symbols, and rituals, along with Native American and indigenous herbal knowledge and health practices. The curandero or curandera is believed to have supernatural power or access to supernatural power; his or her abilities are perceived as el don (a gift) from God. Curandero/as treat a variety of physical ailments and social problems and can be found in most Mexican American communities.

The curandero/a is typically a well-known individual in the community who shares his or her clients' experiences, geographic location, socioeconomic status, class, language, religion, and beliefs about the causes of pathology. This shared worldview between the patient and the healer is the reason Mexican Americans seek help from ...

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