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Herbal Remedies: Secrets of Traditional Hispanic Medicine


Before there were antibiotics and allergy medications, or sprays and injections for pain, there were herbal remedies.  Almost every culture in the world has a history of this form of holistic medicine, and the diverse cultures making up Hispanic heritage are no exception.
While there is no substitute for modern medical knowledge or expertise, many Hispanics swear by the healing powers of old herbal remedies and still use them today.  Many of the traditional herbal remedies come from the generations before or from the advice of yerberos, healers (curanderos) with a specialization in the use of plants.
Discovery Health indicates approximately 80 percent of the world’s population uses herbs for some aspect of primary health care, and in the United States, more than 1,500 botanicals are sold as dietary supplements.  Those numbers are not limited to Hispanics; people from all ethnicities and cultures are interested in and benefit from herbal remedies.
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