In Mexican American culture, it is believed that prolonged, or repeated looking/staring at an individual, without physically touching them, could cause illness or injury. This concept is known as mal ojo, or evil eye. Infants and children are believed to be the most susceptible.
Mexican Americans greatly value the concept of family. For this reason, many family members may be present when a loved one is in the hospital. The whole family is typically involved in making decisions about an individual’s care.
When experiencing grief, members of this culture may outwardly and openly express their sadness. Grieving the loss of a loved one is highly encouraged in this culture.
Members of the Mexican American culture are less likely to be in favor of organ donation due to concerns regarding the religious acceptance of the practice. Patients and their families should be educated about the topic, in their preferred language, so that they can make an informed decision about organ donation, and so that any myths or misunderstandings can be clarified.
Curanderos/as are folk healers that use herbs, prayers, and rituals to heal the sick or afflicted. These individuals are known to practice "white" magic.
In this culture, illnesses are considered either ‘hot’ or ‘cold’. Curanderos/as, or folk healers, rely on this classification of illness to choose the appropriate treatment that will restore balance to the affected person.
Mexican American women may use a ‘faja’, or girdle, after giving birth. This device is believed to bring the muscles of the abdomen back together again after pregnancy, while also aiding in postpartum weight loss.
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