Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Ana Maria Bidegain
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Whitney A. Bauman
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Religious Studies, Indigenous People, Aztec Medicine, Aztec Healing, Traditional Medicine, Decolonize, Alternative Medicine, Mexican Plants, Science and religion, Aztec Health, History of Mexico, Indigenous peoples of Mexico
Date of Defense
Traditional Mexican medicine is not only plants and herbs but a harmonious balance between man and nature. For the Aztecs, maintaining that balance was imperative to have a sustainable diet and a good relationship with the ecology that surrounds them. Unfortunately, the duality of the "microcosm" and nature has been disappearing from Mesoamerican thought and rhetoric of inferiority to European thoughts such as the philosophy of traditional Mexican medicine. The Aztec diet was rich in nutrients, vitamins, and amino acids. One of the essential Mesoamerican medicine manuscripts is the Badiano Codex, which has more than 150 plants. Phytochemical studies have shown that secondary metabolites of the plants used by the Aztecs and now the Nahuas have biological activity that can help cure illnesses and opens new doors to the study of traditional Mexican medicine.
Carmona Rosales, Julio, "Sacred Herbs and Ancient Healers: Decolonizing Traditional Mexican Medicinal Practices" (2021). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4635.
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