empacho

empacho

A folk illness described in Central America which, while defined as obstruction of the stomach and/or intestine, is understood to mean indigestion or GI malaise, resulting in abdominal pain and bloating, and variably accompanied by nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy.
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empacho

(em-pa'cho) [Sp., surfeit, impacted stomach]
A culture-based syndrome of gastrointestinal distress in infants and children ascribed to intestinal blockage, whose symptoms may include bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy. In some Latin American cultures, empacho is treated by a folk practitioner, who may use external massage or internal treatments, including herbal teas, commercial laxatives, or olive or castor oil. Some traditional treatments use mercury compounds or lead salts, which may poison affected infants. See: curanderismo
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The owner of Empacho restaurant in Barangay Sacred Heart received the same threat from a male caller.
Entre los primeros pueden senalarse el "empacho", "chujcho" (fiebres intermitentes propias del paludismo), "dolor de costado" (probablemente hidropesia) y "golpe interno" (hematomas)--entre otros-.
They also said that three culturally recognized or folk ailments known as empacho, cuajo, and varillas, which are treated primarily through traditional methods, are often associated with diarrhea, which often occurred before, during, or after the ailment.
Although there are several folk ailments, among the most common are Empacho, Susto, Caida de la Mollera, and Mal de Ojo.
La alimentacion inadecuada o conductas impropias durante la digestion causan empacho, problemas estomacales, renales y presion arterial.