Hospital in Ecuador Offers Shamanic Treatments


A hospital in Riobamba, Ecuador, offers patients traditional indigenous Andean medicine alongside Western treatments.

When a patient arrives they are asked what beliefs they have – and then if appropriate they are referred to a “yachak” (or shaman) instead of a conventional doctor.

The traditional treatments offered include “limpias” or spiritual cleansing treatments, which are meant to clean the patient’s aura.


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