Chamorro Medicine

 

Written and Photographed for Guam Now Magazine by Pamela Tibbs

Growing up with a mother who believed more in remedies from herbs and plants than trips to the doctor and prescribed medicines, I developed a keen interest in natural remedies. I treasured the experience of writing about the Chamorro healers that were the last of the traditional medicine practitioners on Guam.

Below is how the article appeared in print. Excerpts  from the story in clear print.

When 85 year old Joaquina Santos was a young girl, her father became “very, very ill.” “He was not sleeping, his fever was so hot, and he coughed all the time,” she explains in her clear melodious voice.

“At that time, there was a well known man names Juan Macaca, and my mother sent for him. He came to the house, went to sleep and started saying the names of plants we needed to gather from the jungle. Some had to be gathered at night only. We made medicine from the leaves and in five days my father was walking around and feeling fine.”

   
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