The Story of Pānquetzani: Intergenerational Healing Through Ancestral Wisdom
Pānquetzani is a healer who practices Mexican traditional medicine and Mesoamerican science. She learned about herbalism, traditional foods, and healing practices while growing up in her grandma’s house in Echo Park and believes in using indigenous names for herbs and medicines to acknowledge the knowledge and history of indigenous peoples.
Pānquetzani thinks that going back to an ancestral diet that doesn’t conform to Western European ideals of what is healthy is an important part of reclaiming ancient traditions. “A lot of us have suffered the effects of colonization where we were removed from our culture either through forced displacement or through assimilation.” She says, “So pursuing my path as a Healer is carrying on my family traditions in a bigger way.”
Pānquetzani is passionate about her practice and believes that healing herself is healing her ancestors who never had the opportunity to heal in the way that she does. She is all about empowering women to achieve the same result that she did when she gave birth to her first son, which was an amazing moment in her life. She says, “One of the most impactful moments in my life was giving birth to my first son. This was my right of passage into being a birth keeper. I see a big Golden Sun in the hospital room, making the walls even more brilliant, and from that voice, from that light, comes a voice and that voice says, ‘Pānquetzani, your job is to do this for other women. This birth that you had is a gift and in exchange, you have to do this for others, this is your power.’
She started Indigemama Ancestral Healing in response to a call from her community, and her first Keystone course, Matric Concha Lifelong Self-Wound Care, was developed using the requests of her community. Pānquetzani values the feedback of her community and can offer products and services that are practical and necessary. She even offers tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships every year to make her services accessible to those who need them.
“The biggest advice that I can give you is to be in your body. Your body will teach you so much about healing, and about what is healing specifically for you. It’ll also show you when you’re around the right teachers, who’s a teacher that makes you feel calm and happy and open, or are you around a teacher that makes you feel defensive, scared, on edge or guilty. So your body will guide you into the people and into the communities that are meant to further your healing.”
Pānquetzani‘s practice is rooted in the idea of intergenerational healing. She believes that healing ourselves is a way of healing our ancestors and creating a better future for our descendants. By using indigenous names for herbs and medicines and going back to ancestral diets, Pānquetzani is helping to reclaim traditions that have been lost or suppressed through colonization. “My approach to Healing is intergenerational. This means that by healing myself and allowing myself to shine relentlessly, by having standards in my life, by having a Clear Vision and giving myself what I’m owed, I’m healing my ancestors who never had the opportunity to do such things.”
Pānquetzani‘s practice is a powerful example of the importance of traditional healing and valuing indigenous knowledge. Her work as a traditional birth keeper and herbalist is amazing, and she’s all about empowering women and helping her community. Pānquezani reminds us that healing is not just about ourselves, but also about our ancestors and future generations.
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