Healing with Herbs and Rituals: A Mexican Tradition

Overview

Healing with Herbs and Rituals is an herbal remedy-based understanding of curanderismo and the practice of yerberas, or herbalists, as found in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.

Part One, "Folk Healers and Folk Healing," focuses on individual healers and their procedures. Part Two, "Green Medicine: Traditional Mexican-American Herbs and Remedies," details traditional Mexican-American herbs and cures. These remedies are the product of centuries of experience in Mexico, ...

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Overview

Healing with Herbs and Rituals is an herbal remedy-based understanding of curanderismo and the practice of yerberas, or herbalists, as found in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.

Part One, "Folk Healers and Folk Healing," focuses on individual healers and their procedures. Part Two, "Green Medicine: Traditional Mexican-American Herbs and Remedies," details traditional Mexican-American herbs and cures. These remedies are the product of centuries of experience in Mexico, heavily influenced by the Moors, Judeo-Christians, and Aztecs, and include everyday items such as lemon, egg, fire, aromatic oil, and prepared water. Symbolic objects such as keys, candles, brooms, and Trouble Dolls are also used.

Dedicated, in part, to curanderos throughout Mexico and the American Southwest, Healing with Herbs and Rituals shows us these practitioners are humble, sincere people who have given themselves to improving lives for many decades. Today's holistic health movement has rediscovered the timeless merits of the curanderos' uses of medicinal plants, rituals, and practical advice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This is a small volume on the history and practices of Curanderismo in the southwest United States. Traditional Mexican-American herbs and remedies are included.
Purpose: The book is designed to introduce nonacademics and nonscientists to Curanderismo folk healing history and practices.
Audience: It is written at a basic understandable level useful for the lay audience and high school and beginning college students. The author has studied the healing traditions most of her life and teaches at the University of New Mexico.
Features: The book discusses the early history of folk healing and its passage to Mexico and the U.S. Much of the history is related through legend and stories. A multitude of other references are provided for those interested in reading more about the tradition. Lastly, common herbs and their uses along with their Spanish names are presented.
Assessment: The book is for the most part based on story and legend, but it is a readable and adequate elementary book with which to begin one's investigation into Curanderismo.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826339614
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 689,203

Meet the Author

Eliseo "Cheo" Torres is vice president of student affairs at the University of New Mexico.

Timothy L. Sawyer, Jr., is a public information representative at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Folk healers and folk healing 1
Ch. 1 A brief history of curanderismo 5
Ch. 2 The curandero 9
Ch. 3 Ailments 13
Ch. 4 The rituals 21
Ch. 5 Folk beliefs 31
Ch. 6 Don Pedrito Jaramillo 36
Ch. 7 Nino Fidencio 42
Ch. 8 Teresita 47
Ch. 9 Modern curanderos 58
Ch. 10 Fusing traditional and modern medicine 65
Ch. 11 Further reading pertaining to curanderismo 69
Pt. 2 Green medicine : traditional Mexican-American herbs and remedies 75
Ch. 12 Green medicine : an introduction 79
Ch. 13 A brief history of green medicine 85
Ch. 14 Where to get the herbs 89
Ch. 15 Preparing herbs for use 92
Ch. 16 A few cautions 94
Ch. 17 Important terms 97
Ch. 18 Keeping green medicine alive 102
Ch. 19 Further reading pertaining to green medicine 104
App Spanish language listing of plant names 109
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