Curanderismo is an earthly, natural, grounded health-care system that seeks to keep all of the elements of our being in balance. Curanderos believe that human beings — along with animals, plants, minerals, water, earth, air, and fire — are a part of the living earth system. Illness occurs when one does not live in harmony with all aspects of self and nature. . . .

Taking responsibility for your illness, letting go of false belief systems that hurt you, and educating yourself about a healthy lifestyle are important components of wellness that curanderismo inherited from the Aztecs.

Elena Avila, Joy Parker, Woman Who Glows in the Dark