Published: June 6th 2012June 6th 2012
Maria Ruiz: La Curandera
This is the curandera in her garden with one of the herbs that she uses.
On my return from the coast I had an appointment with a medica tradicional or curandera. I wanted to learn about the traditional medical technics that are a part of the Mexican culture. The director of the school set up the appointment and I chose to have some of the traditional treatments such as a limpia (cleaning) and treatments for empacho, fear and stress. I can with certainty say that the herbal drinks for stress worked because before I could get home from the treatment (30 min taxi ride and 10 minute walk) I had to stop at a restaurant to eat and to have coffee. My muscles were so relaxed that I did not think that I could make it home.
Maria Ruiz has been taught all of the methods of a curandera by her grandmother. They go to the mountains near her home to collect some herbs needed for various ailments and some herbs she grows in her garden.
I am including some photos of our session.
There are more photos below