Curanderismo is a holistic approach to wellness that has been used in the Americas for hundreds of years. In Mexico, it is also known as Mexican Traditional Medicine, “medicina del campo,” and traditional folk medicine. It is usually a synthesis of Mexican indigenous culture and beliefs, and depending on the practitioner’s religious, cultural, and/or tribal background, (known as a curandera if a woman and curandero if a man) it may or may not, also have Catholic, Sephardic, and African influences. This is why some consider it a blending of traditions, rather than solely Native Mexican medicine or European medicine. Each curandera/o has a distinctive practice that is most often learned within the context of her family, community, and/or elders and teachers.
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