Our main reason for returning to Puerto Viejo this summer was to continue treatment by the indigenous curandero, Don Candido Morales . But this year, rather than just Timoteo, we have all (Bruce, Kayla and I) decided to see him.
We had expected to have our first appointment within a couple of days of arriving but Enrique, Candido’s son, rescheduled due to an emergency that needed to be dealt with last week. Turns out that the emergency was a request by the world class Hospital Clinica Biblica in San Jose. A patient being seen for advanced diabetes showed an unbelievable improvement in a very short period of time, and when questioned further, it was discovered that this patient had recently received a week of treatment from Don Candido. Not having seen anything like this, they invited Candido to come to San Jose so they could learn more about his treatment.
It pleases me to see Candido’s work being recognized but I am also acutely aware that Candido’s work is very patient-specific. His knowledge can’t be bottled and sold but there are some who seriously suggest just that. Perhaps that’s the greatest difference between Candido’s approach and treatment, and that of traditional medicine. Despite his poverty, Candido is committed to holding himself to the highest of standards. He is a remarkably honest man and is dedicated to remaining true to his cultural ways and values. He is also very quick to give all credit for his gift of knowledge and healing to the creator, Sibu.
After our initial greetings and Candido’s apology for having to reschedule our appointment, examinations began.
After the examinations, Candido leaves the hut to gather the herbs and plants needed to make the medicines.
We are each given a specific herbal drink and instructions for usage. Tim and Kayla are given a salve to heal abrasions. Bruce and I are also given a salve but one in which we are taught to massage onto specific areas of the body. In addition, Bruce and Kayla are given some dietary restrictions and we are all scheduled to return in 3 days time.
From what I learned last year, improvement can be a slow process. Candido will make changes or additions depending on further exams, as well as questioning but it is likely to take time for improvement. In Tim’s case last summer, he didn’t show any improvement until the day he announced the problem was gone! We who are used to the traditional medical approach (most often receiving immediate results from prescribed medications) need to be patient. Herbal medicines need to be slowly increased due to it’s powerful qualities. In contrast to traditional medications, herbal medicines do not come with a list of possible side-effects and potential health dangers.
And so our journey into good health and healing has begun!