Traditional medicine is still in force as an alternative to health care for the indigenous population, since in 2019 97 thousand 700 actions were carried out by bone assemblers, therapists and midwives belonging to the health services of Puebla, reported the Ministry of health.
Through 15 modules, the specialists attended the ethnic population of the state, being the region of Tehuacán and Zacapoaxtla where there is a greater concentration of inhabitants who take care of their health under their habits and customs.
In the entity, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), there are one million 18 thousand 397 indigenous people, of which 9.52% have already been treated with traditional medicine for the recovery of health, however, where there are modules coverage, 96% of the inhabitants.
The Secretary of Health, José Antonio Martínez García, stressed that these programs guarantee access to health for the Poblanas and Poblanos living in indigenous communities.
He mentioned that traditional medicine includes therapeutic practices and experiences immersed in specific cultural contexts, which involve the use of medicinal herbs, parts of animals and / or minerals.
They also include non-pharmacological therapies, such as acupuncture, manual practices, and spiritual therapies, which is why it is considered complementary or unconventional medicine.
Martínez García added that the indigenous population of Puebla is located in the municipalities of Pantepec, Tlaola, Ahuacatlán, Tetela de Ocampo, Zacapoaxtla, Ayotoxco de Guerrero, Cuetzalan del Progreso, Huehuetla, Zacapoaxtla, Zapotitlán de Méndezapanl de Mezco Zanico, Cál. , Eloxochitlán, San Sebastián Tlacotepec and Zoquitlán.