Traditional Inca medicine still lives strong today, but by delving into the past we can see that there is much that’s been lost. By looking at the many types of healers that existed, and the many roles that they played, we can see the richness of these traditions.
What can we learn from traditional Inca Medicine?
People often believe that traditional Andean medicine was backward, and not effective. But in looking into accounts of the past, and by exploring what is at the essence of traditional Inca medicine, we see that that traditional Inca Medicine was actually more advanced than that of most ‘developed’ societies at the time. Embodied within this approach is the recognition that spirituality, connection with nature, and healing are interrelated. The Inca knew well that we heal by connecting ourselves to higher powers, within ourselves, and into the world at large.
Spirituality and traditional Inca Medicine
The many forms of traditional Inca healers
Moscoc, dream readers:
Those who read patients’ dreams in order to give a prognosis of their illness. Fire symbolized a grave sickness, turbid water represented death or a family disgrace and dreaming about children signified losing something important.