Definition of curandero in US English:


nounPlural curanderos, Feminine and Plural curandera

  • (in Spain and Latin America) a healer who uses folk remedies.

    • ‘More than half used folk remedies, and at least 7 percent used curanderos (traditional practitioners).’
    • ‘When she eventually recovers, she apprentices to become a curandera, and in a slow, agonizing manner, falls in love with a native American woman.’
    • ‘Another friend who's Latina occasionally consults her curandera, and my Catholic aunt still trusts in the cures of shamans.’
    • ‘Folk medicine practitioners such as curanderos, spiritualists, and santeros are sometimes consulted when physical symptoms suggest a folk illness such as mal ojo (evil eye) or susto.’
    • ‘Consider this description of a scholar studying curanderos, native healers who provide Hispanic communities with medical advice, prescriptions, and treatments.’
    • ‘To judge by the Spanish sources, these berdaches were neither curanderos nor healers, and in no way acted as spiritual mediators or shamans or priests between the material and spiritual world.’
    • ‘To show that they were not rude curanderos, their events were organized in fancy downtown hotels.’
    • ‘Such practitioners, known as curanderos, use herb teas and poultices, traditional exercises, incantations, and magical touching to heal.’
    • ‘Particularly in Amerindian communities, curanderos function as healers who communicate with nature gods and spirits.’
    • ‘If they proved identical, this might suggest that curanderos had transported a cutting or plant from one side of the Andes to the other.’
    • ‘He or she is also a healer, curandero, who practices herbal medicine.’
    • ‘When ill, he went to the local curandero, or healer.’
    • ‘Maya folk medicine includes the ministrations of ritual healers called curanderos and female herbalists who may double as midwives.’
    • ‘However, curanderos have been mostly supplanted by U.S. doctors, because they cannot get licenses to practice medicine here.’
    • ‘A visit to the northern Huaringas area will enable travelers to meet curanderos, or shamans, who hold specialized healing ceremonies.’
    • ‘When she was 14 years old ‘the universal energy was passed’ to her in a ritual led by an aunt who was a curandera and espiritista.’
    • ‘Both are common practices in Latin America, where prescription-only medications can easily be bought without a prescription, and people tend to get their herbal medicine from informal providers, like friends or the curandero.’
    • ‘On those occasions in which relief from a specific affliction was not achieved through home remedies, however, individuals or families might solicit the assistance of a curandero (folk curer) or other type of folk healer.’
    • ‘There are two types of curanderos (folk healers).’
    • ‘Along with Western medicine there is still a tradition of curanderos (natural healers), and parteras who are still regularly consulted, especially by the rural and Indian population.’


Spanish, from curar ‘to cure’, from Latin curare.