Can Mexican Curanderos Help Alleviate Anxiety?

Updated on November 20, 2018
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My name is Monica and I graduated from CSULB in 2013 in political science. I write about social issues primarily in the Latino community.

What Is a Curandero?

Are you a Latino that feels on-edge most of the time, trapped between money issues, relationship problems, and have a general sense of anxiety that debilitates you in your life? Unchecked, anxiety can lead to self-destructive and destructive behaviors simply because your body lives in a state of constant tension.

Before I explain the link between curanderos and anxiety, allow me to define what a curandero is for those of you who don't know. Here is the "official definition" according to Dictionary.com:

A curandero (or curandera), is a folk healer or medicine man/woman who uses herbs or psychoactive plants, magic, and spiritualism to treat illness, induce visions, impart traditional wisdom, etc.; a shaman.

Whether it's the magic itself or simply BELIEVING in the power behind curanderos and their rituals to help heal you and rid you of your inner demons, many Latinos continue to use their services, which is why there are still tons of shops where you can find them around the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Of course, because this old-school tradition is associated with "white magic" and ties to the Catholic church, you have to have beliefs that are somewhat in sync to truly reap the benefits of this. Or at least keep an open mind.

Burning sage is done often in the historic ritual of the limpia.
Burning sage is done often in the historic ritual of the limpia.

What Does a Curandero Do and Where Can I Find Them?

As mentioned above, a curandero basically acts as a shaman and as a "white witch" under a Catholic god. Curanderos each have their own way of maintaining their close personal relationship with God, such as going to church and lighting candles or hours of meditation, but this is how they maintain they are able to heal the hurting customers that come seek them.

If you're in Los Angeles and you're wondering where the heck all these curanderos are, rest assured you can find an abundance of them scattered through psychic/religious shops on Whittier Boulevard through East Los Angeles or on Pico Boulevard in the Pico Union District of Los Angeles.

You're best bet is to walk into a shop that either has one of the following signs: "psychic," "healer," "tarot readings," "limpias," or anything else that gives you the hunch that a white witch may be lurking around. And then you simply go up to someone who works at the shop and ask them if they have any healers/curanderos.

If they do, you can expect to meet someone that probably speaks mostly Spanish and wants to sit down and understand your pain. From there, they will offer a variety of services and rituals that you can use to empower yourself.

It's up to whether you feel a connection to that particular curandero/curandera. Try out a few different ones to see which one is the best match for you. This newfound relationship could truly go a long way in alleviating your anxiety so you can avoid being self-destructive or destructive.


Curandera Performing Ritual on Young Man
Curandera Performing Ritual on Young Man | Source

The Connection Between Relieving Anxiety and Seeing a Curandero Regularly

According to the Anxiety Centre, Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). It's estimated that one-third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety and unwellness issues.

To alleviate anxiety, many of us have adapted bad habits that don't really help us in the long-run, such as drinking, smoking, using drugs, or using sex to feel grounded.

Therefore, if you are an anxiety-prone adult (or know someone who is), consider taking an unconventional approach and befriending a curandero. They are like therapists of the soul that help relieve your angst with certain rituals, such as cleanses, prayers, and most importantly, sitting in your feelings with you.

You don't have to worry about ingesting medications, as that's one of the main differences between a therapist/psychiatrist and a curandero. They just speak to you honestly and help you feel in sync with your emotions and goals. It's definitely worth a shot.

Help for Anxiety

You deserve relief! Going through life anxiety-ridden is terrible because it keeps you off-balance and you don't get to enjoy the little things most people do. Consider seeing a curandero healer.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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