HEALTH-MAYA MEDICINE

Rosalinda from Jose Maria Morelos community has an extensive knowledge of traditional indigenous Maya medicine acquired from her grandmother. She practices traditional Maya medicine, thus safeguarding it and emphasizing its importance.

Maya people are facing many difficulties nowadays and one of them is having limited access to the health system. There is a lack of doctors who speak the Maya language and there are no hospitals in their communities – sometimes not even close to where they live.

However, their grandmothers and mothers introduce them to traditional Maya medicine in early childhood.

“Our grandmothers would pass on their knowledge of traditional Maya medicine to their children and grandchildren. There are no hospitals here and it is important to grow plants that cure and to learn how to use them properly, turning to traditional ways. Everything I know I will pass on to my children and in that way preserve traditional Maya medicine.”