El Empacho

In Latino culture when someone suffers certain symptoms such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting or lack of apetite, he or she may be thought to be suffering from empacho. The perception is that a bolus of undigested food has become "stuck" somewhere in the digestive tract. The imagined causes of empacho are myriad:

  • eating too much of a certain food
  • poorly prepared food
  • spoiled food
  • being forced to eat
  • eating particular foods at the wrong time
  • swallowing a lot of saliva
  • swallowing gum
  • etc.

Traditional "cures" range from the innocuous such as drinking herbal teas or rolling an egg on the stomach, to uncomfortably rough massage, to the truly dangerous, such as administering Azarcon or Greta, both of which are dangerously high in lead.

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More Topics

  1. Caida de la Mollera
  2. Confianza
  3. Curanderismo
  4. El Decaimiento
  5. El Empacho
  6. Formal or Familiar?
  7. Hispanics in the USA
  8. Hispanic or Latino?
  9. The Latino Family
  10. Mal de Aire
  11. Mal de Ojo
  12. Susto

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