Museo de la Medicina Maya
Museo de la Medicina Maya
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Lupe Martinez
Milford, CT43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Excellent find! This is exactly what we were looking for! This is a naturopathic adherents’ dream come true! We were looking for an all natural, Mayan based pharmacy from which to obtain protocols (prescriptions) for ailments we have been suffering from. The attendant was incredibly knowledgeable and professional. She asked detailed questions regards previous treatments we’d had including pharma intake and warned that naturopathic remedies were not a quick fix but a longer term treatment that helps our bodies heal themselves. Only after being assured that we understood the process and that we were not heavy pharma users did she proceed to prescribe a remedy specific to our ailments. We came away hopeful and excited from the experience. I look forward to making the trip to San Christobal specifically to return to this holistic establishment. I highly recommend it!
Written 17 April 2024
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Hard to find. It's quite a bit north of the town. Walk past the Iglesia de San Domingo, through the local market which is either side of the road, along the bend (left), past the school on the right and it is about 100 metres further on the left, we'd say about 20 mins brisk walk from the centre. This is something that we're really interested in. Imagine our surprise when we found it in such a neglected state. It really is in a poor way and can't see it surviving much longer. What made it tolerable was that you get given a booklet in English which gives you all the information you need. So even though you can't really see anything you still come away having learnt quite a bit. Such a pity.
Written 9 February 2020
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David R
Tijuana, Mexico50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Mainly it is a Pharmacy of the products that Mayans have been using all their life. Also some history but not much as a museum. Interesting but limited and it is not a must visited place.
A little bit far from downtown San Cristobal, better if you take a taxi.
Written 6 August 2019
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Marlene C
Mexico City, Mexico8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The museum is 3 rooms it was very dark I could not see a thing there were nobody to explain to you anything at the end I went to the pharmacy bought some herbal cream but was very sad to be there for nothing I really do not recommend it
Written 18 June 2019
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Rebecca A
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
This museum is closed indefinitely. The reason I came to San Cristobal was to go here for research purposes and discovered that it has been closed since it was forcefully taken over on April 10 2017. I also found another couple who were trying to get in and I am sure many others have tried as on all websites it still says it's open to the public - sadly it isn't and won't be in the near future: if ever again.
Written 29 June 2017
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kada09
northern calif49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
We were attending Spanish school in San Cristobol de las Casas where our teacher recommended we visit this museum to learn about traditional mayan medicine. We walked through town, out of the central tourist area of town, throught the traditional markets (for residents not tourists) and arrived at the small museum. It has displays of both historical and current mayan beliefs about illness and health, heavily influenced by the jungle plants and mayan belief systems. Part of the museum's purpose is to document and explain these practices and how they fit into the mayan culture but also to support the maintenance of these practices, which in some cases co-exist w/ the more modern health care practices. The main entry room portrays the importance of childbirth with a video of a traditional birth (dar la luz) with the role of the mother and the partera (midwife) and the significance of various practices to promote the physical and spiriutal health of the baby and the mother. Other displays explained the various dimensions of health and the practitioners who guide these areas-shaman, huesero (bones—a chiropracter?), botanical medicines, partera, etc. It is a very modest museum but also very informative and worth a visit for those interested in mayan beliefs handed down through time and how those beliefs and practices are beingrecovered and restored even today. The last room in the museum changes gears and talks about how the forests and indigenous practices have been and are being ripped off by multinational pharamceutical companies. it is very critical of researchers who have come to the mayan (and other indigenous regions like the amazonia) lands in the name of research but who have ended up "stealing' traditional planys and practices and trying to patent these natural resouces and the traditional environmental knowledge of mayan medicine. The final exhibit before exiting into a small botanical garden w/ plants of medicinal value and uses, is a list of those universities and pharamceutical companies ("bio-pirates" they are called) which are called out for engaging in these practices and trying to make money from plants or chemical agents they've been able to isolate in the mayan jungles and mayan natural botanical
patrimony. The museumalso houses a pharmacy of traditional medicines and hosts classes and trainings (in spanish and mayan dialects of the chiapas region) for those wishing to learn and maintain traditional Mayan healing knowledge and techniques. Go visit and learn what is at stake in preserving mayan medicine.
Written 7 June 2017
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darth_eugenius
Kyiv, Ukraine8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
As guys said before it was closed. We came at Sunday 3pm by walking through a not very pleasant surroundings and all that we can see was closed doors and gates without any sign with working hours. Entrance had a lot of trash on it like it never opened for weeks.
Written 21 May 2017
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Peter S
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Was keen to visit this museum and double-ychecked that it would be open on a Monday. Several official websites and two guidebooks agreed that it was open every day from 10.00am. I got there at 10.20am only to find it all locked up, and no information on Opening Hours posted out the front. Went off to explore some nearby churches and markets. Returned to the museum at 12.00. Still closed!
I'd suggest that if you are thinking of going there, you either ring first to see if they are open, or treat it with the disdain it aears to show0 to potential visitors and just give it a miss.
Written 15 May 2017
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Cor-Lené M
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
I verified the opening hours for a Monday from two independent sources including the city website but when I arrived there - after a very long walk - it was closed. What a disappointment.
Written 10 April 2017
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Carla G
Mexico City, Mexico66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Herbal medicine is a very important tradition in Chiapas and the Mayan Medicine Museum is interesting because it provides a glimpse into the healing beliefs of the people. The information is interesting but the museum is very basic, five rooms that represent the main types of healers.
There used to be a botanical garden that has been completely forgotten and now houses few medicinal plants with barely legible signs. There is a central healing house active with healing practices and filled with patients :) and the herbal pharmacy with the herbal house next door, where you can see the herbs in various stages of drying and there is a lot of packaging going on as well.
I believe the people there do not speak english, but they are very friendly and keen on explaining and answering every question. This was my perfect stop for buying souvenirs for everyone, herbal remedies for all. My personal favorite, "Golpe-tik", the arnica ointment for bruises, I almost bought all the jars they had :D Don't leave empty-handed!
Will have to come back for more!!
Written 28 March 2017
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