People in Mexico can seek out alternative medicine from their Yerberos (Herbalists), Sobadores (Masseuses) or Curanderas (Healers) and may be known generally as curanderismo. Each of these families of alternative therapy comes from a lengthy healing traditional with its roots in Ancient Greek medicine – by way of the Spanish conquistadors – and the indigenous healing traditions of the Aztecs and Mayans in particular.
Greek and therefore Mexican traditional medical theory is based in the four humors – black bile, yellow bile, blood and phlegm. Treatment is very holistic and requires that each of these bodily fluids be kept in balance. This belief has matured to somewhat mirror the understanding in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the body needs to keep a balance between the “hot” and “cold” with matching medical treatments to restore the balance.
Holistic Treatments: An alcohol and marijuana extract made with a bottle of cane alcohol in which marijuana is allowed to mature has been rubbed into rheumatic joints in traditional Mexican medicine. Arnica has long been used to treat other aches and pains. Chamomile, spearmint, cilantro, and lemon verbena are also traditional herbal remedies often relied upon in Mexico.