According to Mexican tradition when a person suffers a dreadful experience, such as seeing a snake, he loses his soul. This illness is known as espanto or fright; some of its symptoms are depression, fever, shivers, lack of appetite and desultory.
Folk wisdom assures that if not treated on time fright can cause dead. One way to treat a fright is for the healer to spray the sick with a preparation of mezcal and some herbs.
Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (Agave americana).
Usually the curanderos or healers are the ones in charge of the community health. Mexican traditional medicine has a strong tradition not only in the countryside but in the big cities as well.