Cultural Healing

Homeopathic Medicine and

Cultural Healing

Cultural healing such as home remedies and holistic medicines are used by many in the United States to supplement conventional treatment of illnesses and injuries.

 

Homeopathic Medicine is a method of healing and home care that is steeped in cultural tradition. This method has been passed from generation to generation by “abuelitas” who used it to keep families healthy, it is commonly used by Latinos as a mind-body-spirit healing approach.

 

The National Center for Cultural Healing and other health organizations advocate for the integration of culturally attuned methods into our healing spectrum because of the growing social role Latinos continue to play in our country.

 

Consumers of alternative healing methods such as home remedies and/or holistic healing as well as some conventionally trained health-care professionals believe modern medicine as shaped by economic, high tech, and pharmaceutical concerns – does not foster the deep relationship needed with patients to improve health care outcomes. Additionally, recent studies have shown that culturally and linguistically competent primary care increases patient satisfaction, health outcomes, and higher levels of preventive care.

 

History of Home Remedies:

People have been treating themselves for thousands and thousands of years before modern medicine was introduced. We sought cures from the earth in the form of plants, animals, rocks, fire, smoke and even the sun and moon. From many of those early medicinal findings and cures we were able to build the pharmaceuticals that evolved for use today. As advanced as medicine is today, home remedies continue to be utilized as successful self-care methods specifically by minorities, the indigent and the non-insured population.

 

GRANDMOTHER’S “ABUELITA’S” TESTIMONY

Successful Home Remedies Used Through Generations:

 

Tere Ramón

Laredo, TX, 88 years old

 

abuelita

 

Mrs. Ramón learned about home remedies from her mother, Doña Manuela Salgado who learned from her mother and grandmother. She kept the tradition and passed on the knowledge to her daughter and granddaughter. Mrs. Ramón does not recall seeing a doctor as a child, but remembers treatments performed by her mother and grandmother, for rash, mumps, earaches, etc. Mrs. Ramón has been using these remedies to help treat her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Ramón also uses home remedies and cultured-based nutrition to successfully manage her 40-year old diabetes condition. She celebrated her 88th birthday on October 15, 2012 and still prepares meals for the whole family, remembers family members’ birthdays, plays the guitar and sings old folk songs to entertain family on special occasions. Her basic meals consist of a variety of cactus dishes, roasted poblano chiles, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chicken soup with plenty of fresh vegetables, squash and chicken, beans, spinach, eggs, corn tortillas, coffee and a variety of herbal teas, such as cinnamon and chamomile.

 

RESOURCES FOR SELF CARE OF COMMON SYMPTOMS

Homemade Medicine

(homemademedicine.com)

You can get access their vault of natural cures and home remedies – that you can find in your own kitchen cupboard – backed by thousands of hours of scientific research…

Home Remedies For You

(home-remedies-for-you.com)

Getting started with home remedies & natural treatments is simple enough… in fact, you’ll probably find everything you need right here, in your kitchen. Just scout around, add a little bit of this, a dash of that, and you’re good to go! A healing mixture of honey & ginger juice can cure a cough, while a few dry figs soaked overnight can cure constipation. It isn’t rocket science and it does not require a deep understanding of human anatomy!

 

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