(b) The person's health is defined in terms of the person's relationship
with nature and the universe.
b. Examples of Differences in Treatment of Disorders.
(1) Blacks and Raza/Latino cultures have long used roots, potions, and
herbs for treating illnesses.
Filipinos and Raza/Latino groups believe that:
(a) Hotness and coldness, wetness and dryness, must be balanced to
(b) Certain illnesses are hot or cold, wet or dry.
(c) Certain foods and medications, classified as hot or cold, are added
or subtracted to bring about a balance of humors or to fight off "hot" or "cold" illnesses.
Copper bracelets are worn by some groups as a preventive or cure for
c. Other Cultural Influences to Consider When Planning Nursing Care.
(1) The nurse should take into consideration the needs of people who
practice folk healing. The folk healer (curandero in Spanish) should be allowed to see
(2) South Americans often wear chains to drive away evil spirits. The nurse
should not remove these unless it is absolutely necessary.
(3) Native American women are not likely to seek early prenatal care. They
believe that pregnancy is a natural, normal process; a clinic or a hospital is associated
(4) Many Latino patients believe that it is dangerous to bathe immediately
after delivery. The nurse must remember this during postpartum care.
(5) Many cultural groups, such as Native Americans and Southeast Asians,
believe that it is improper or impolite to look someone in the eye when speaking to