In Chile, a non-conventional form of healing draws a larger number of patients from far and wide.

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Back in 1993, Chile passed an “Indigenous Law” that provided health care for the Mapuche people in Santiago. The government allowed recognition of traditional medical practices for the native peoples. Today, more and more non-indigenous people seek this special, ancient form of care.


The Mapuche medicine is based on finding the core of the illness. It includes massage, talk therapy, studying the pulse and urine quality, spirituality, and herbal concoctions. This health care is practiced in a hut by a machi, a spiritual healer.