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A woman who practices folk medicine; an herb doctor.

[American Spanish, feminine of curandero, healer; see curandero.]


(Alternative Belief Systems) (in Hispanic America) a female healer or shaman
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Noun1.curandera - a Mexican woman who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans
healer, therapist - a person skilled in a particular type of therapy
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In a 1961 salvia ceremony, Wasson drank a foul-tasting mixture of leaf juice and water under the guidance of a curandera.
Myalist, bush doctor, iyalorisha, curandera, four-eye, even obeah woman for them who don't understand.
Another mother, reported giving her boy an herb tea prescribed by a curandera (a female folk medicine practitioner) when the boy was scared or anxious.
Depending on the curandero or curandera, a treatment may combine a limpia with another simple ritual or assignment, all intended to bring balance and harmony to the person.
Like maybe Tony Robbins, a well-known Mexican curandera, and writer of many bestselling self-help books.
The novel's title character, Ultima, is a wise curandera who nurtures a young boy's soul in New Mexico in the 1940s.
In the quaint village of Hidalgo--named, like many things in Mexico, for the hero of independence--the community relies on the local curandera for medical needs and the priest for spiritual matters, and espouses a hybrid practice of indigenous and Catholic beliefs.
In The Sharpshooter Blues, the Prince of Darkness is believed to have been risen from the dead by the "hoodoo" woman, Aunt Lily, the local version of the curandera or healer in folk culture throughout the Americas.
Leon does not stand alone in wishing that Teresita had stayed in the borderlands, forever an immaculate saint, social crusader, or mystical curandera.
Inclusive of guidance through the basic elements of Toltec wisdom and the spiritual practice, tools for transformation such as exercises and ceremonies, an imaginary journey to Teotihuacan, information on the life after death, prophecies about the evolution of humanity, and biographical information on don Miguel Ruiz and his training with his curandera mother, Mother Sarita, Beyond Fear is provides the reader with an insightful understanding of the message and philosophy of Ruiz.
Don Miguel Ruiz, MD, was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and a nagual (shaman) grandfather.
Caridad, who is the most gregarious and rebellious of the four daughters (she has a weakness for Crown Royal and sleeps with any man who comes along), is brutally attacked and mutilated one night by a "thing," but then later heals herself, and eventually, under the tutelage of dona Felicia, becomes a curandera.