Medicinal Plants: Habitus in Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico S. XXI

Authors : Ivett Reyes-Guillén, Socorro Fonseca-Córdoba, Ramón Mariaca-Méndez

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 8 - August

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This article presents the results of a study conducted in Chamula, indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico. The study aimed to learn about the use of medicinal plants as practices that have remained over time. In Chiapas, the Mayan culture exposes this knowledge in customs and customs, and specifically in self-care of health. Indigenous peoples have developed these medical uses and customs through the knowledge of the human body, coexistence with their environment, spirituality inserted into the magical-religious world. Among the main findings: 1) The most commonly used plants are chamomile (Chamomilla recutita), lemon tea (Cymbopogon citratus), and linden tea (Tilia platyphyllos). 2) The main health problems that are treated with medicinal plants are: diseases or digestive disorders (45%), respiratory problems (37%), nervous system disturbances (35%), circulatory (27%) or reproductive (26%).3) In the second decade of the 21st century, traditional medicine practices are cultural fields, objectively constructed with habitus that mark lifestyles in socially classified system.

Keywords : Herbalism, Chiapas, Traditional Practices.


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