What are curanderas and How do curanderas cure the sick?

Many Mexican Americans believe Curanderas can cure the sick.

Curanderas are folk healers, usually women, who combine Catholic faith-healing with herbology and ancient Aztec and Mayan beliefs.

Many people swear by their powers to cure illness, and some southwestern clinics keep them on staff. Some are also parteras, or midwives, who assist at births.

Mexican jumping beans really do jump. These beans are actually shrub seeds that are infested with moth larvae. The movement of the larva inside causes the bean to roll and jump.

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