Folk healer

Curandera performing a limpieza in Cuenca, Ecuador

A folk healer, in a contemporary Western perception, is an unlicensed person who practices the art of healing using traditional practices, herbal remedies and the power of suggestion.

The healer may be a highly trained person who pursues their specialties, learning by study, observation and imitation. In some cultures a healer might be considered to be a person who has inherited the "gift" of healing from his or her parent. The ability to set bones or the power to stop bleeding may be thought of as hereditary powers.


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