Be healthy with nature’s power

Alternative-MedicineNature is not only good at giving us beautiful scenery, fresh air, relaxing ambiance but is also good at giving us powerful medicinal plants. In fact, medicinal plants are widely used by human beings million years ago. People already know the power of nature and the many benefits that it provides to us in our day to day living. As the world evolves, the human being’s knowledge in creating medicines has also evolved. Actually, some of our medicines that are available on drug stores right now are actually composed of some compounds produced from the plants.

In spite of this modern technology age, alternative way of treatment is still very common now and it is still being practiced by many. The reason why people have considered using medicinal plants is because of its effectiveness but with less side effects and less overdose issues. These medicinal plants are not considered drugs but rather food for our body. Aside from all the good and natural components that we can get from these medicinal plants, they are also good at boosting our immune system and good source of anti oxidant properties. They are also good at helping you with your digestive problems and some skin conditions like having dry and itchy skins and even acne problems. In fact, many individuals have also tried using herbs and other medicinal plants in prevention of many diseases like cancer, kidney problems, heart failure, liver problems and a lot more. And also, medicinal plants are good at prevention and not just for treatments so there are really a lot of things that you can benefit from it.

Considering that there are so many illness now, isn’t it good that we first try to use the healing herbs? Why? because the more you are exposed into using drugs the greater the chance that you become sickly and unhealthy. A person who used natural ingredients in his consumption, like fresh fruits and vegetable and herbs, is healthier when it comes to his body physique and as well as his mental attitude compared to the one who uses artificial ingredients or often using drugs.

However we also have to remember that we people are different. There are some herbs that works for me but doesn’t work for you. So this is another factor that we need to consider. But also remember, nature have plenty of things to offer so don’t just look for one but try as many as possible. Anyway, natural products and medicine are usually safe than the medicines we see on drugstores.

In this new millennium, it’s still very important to go back to mother nature and recognize it’s healing powers. It is very necessary that we don’t just rely on the medicines that we can purchase on drug stores and pharmacys but also try the alternative way of treating our ailments. In this way, we get healthier lifestyle. The closer we get to our mother nature the healthier we become because everything she offers to us are often good for our body.…

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A Healthy Experience

Our experience with the use of medicinal plants goes back a millennium. If you have health problems, you may want to try the herbal pharmacy. Or, you may visit a traditional doctor (pulsador) in the church of the museum, who may diagnose your condition by reading your pulse, or perform a ritual to heal body and soul, using prayer or the temazcal (traditional steam bath).…

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Exhibit Spaces

1 – The Public Plaza

This room shows the visitor the extent in which traditional medicine is practiced and preserved in the communities of Chiapas. Also on display here are the most common categories of indigenous medics that form part of the Organization of Indigenous Medics of the State of Chiapas (OMIECH).

Most common categories of the Indigenous Medics:
J’ilol – Pulse reader
K’oponej witz – Mountaintop prayer healer
Tzak’bak – Bone healer
Jve’t’ome – Midwife
Ac’vomol – Herbalist

Being an indigenous medic is not something that can be learned. Only those who have the gift or the “don” and have discovered this gift in dreams can practice.

The sense in which indigenous medicine is dispensed is not biological. Even though we use plants with medicinal properties, for example trébol de agua and bolsa de pastor. The majority of the preventative work is done through prayer in the hills like in Ojo de Agua and in Los Cruces.

Prayer such as this consists of ceremonies practiced three times a year to prevent illnesses and to obtain a good harvest and plenty of food. These ceremonies consist of music, fire crackers, and drinks (such as posh).

2- The church

Constructed as much for visitors as it was for traditional medics, the church is one of the most interesting environments within the museum and is a sacred space protected by saints that were blessed specifically for this space.

3 – The Mountaintop Prayer Healer’s Garden

Exhibited in this area are examples of plants, animals, and minerals that are used in healings by the traditional medics of the Chiapas Highlands.

A mural representative of the magnificence and density of the southwest mountains of Mexico occupies one wall. At the center of this space the mountaintop prayer healer can be found.

4 – The Midwife’s House

In this small room we are shown how a Tzotzil midwife practices, using few instruments, just the ability and experience in her work.

5 – The Herbalist’s House

In the herbalist’s house it is shown how to prepare sacred plants, such as pilico. Pilico is a preparation of wild tobacco and limestone that is ingested by indigenous Chiapanecans in order to resist malignant spirits. The herbalist knows when a plant is toxic or poisonous.

6 – The Candle Workshop

In indigenous medicine, candles are a fundamental element, and the curative capacity and function of a candle is dependant on its color and size.

The process of making candles is exhibited here as is the process of making the pilico.

Multiple Use Room

Here displayed for the visitor are informative videos and documentaries that discuss the museum. Along the same lines are temporary photography expositions and paintings that exhibit these relating to different aspects of indigenous life and thought.…

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Mayan Medicine Museum

In 1997, our Museum of Mayan Medicine received the National Museum Prize “Miguel Covarrubias”, given by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The Museum’s primary objective is spreading information about Tzotzil and Tzeltal curative practices on regional, national and international levels.

The Museum consists of several museographic environments depicting the traditional Mayan practices and therapeautic resources of the indigenous physicians of Chiapas. The museum possesses six exhibit spaces and a demonstrative garden containing many important medicinal plants.…

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