Title : Ethnographic research life story of an Ecuadorian “curandera” regarding the management of fertility through the use of medicinal plants
This qualitative study has been carried out with the Life Story methodology, which derives from the Life Stories type of study. It consists of a biographical account through which subjective testimony was obtained about the herbal combinations used as therapeutic tools to inhibit and promote female fertility used by Mrs. María Gloria Ruales, a herbalist and healer from a traditional neighborhood in Quito, Ecuador. This study helps to validate the therapeutic use proposed by the expert. In addition, the possible risks of its use may be established by carrying out more in-depth phytochemical analyzes of each preparation presented in the future. The technical information in this regard will serve to reinforce the informant's traditional knowledge and prevent her from losing her knowledge over time, all in order to contribute to the quality of life and health of the population that uses this type of therapy.