Back in 2008, I was suffering from a hiatal hernia. I was dating my current wife and told her about this nagging problem that I had from years of martial arts training and the injury that ensued.
She began to tell me the story of a shaman that does operations his name being Don Umberto and how her mother and brother ware healed by him.
Her mother went to the clinic and they proceeded to run a few tests on her.
The sonogram showed that she had tumours on her ovaries and that she needed to get them removed.
She thought to herself that this is not the course of action she wanted to take, she wanted to find an alternative to surgery.
A friend of hers suggested that she speak to the Ayahuasca shaman Don Umberto.
She went to Don Umberto who was blind at the time which was told to me was caused from an attack of sorcery for healing one of his patients that was afflicted by sorcery from a brujo.
Don Umberto was a Banco Ayahuasquero and Spiritista who specialized in calling the spirit doctors to perform surgeries on his patients as needed.
When my mother in law went for the initial consultation with Don Umberto he sat in front of her and began to smoke mapacho and made the diagnosis that yes indeed she did have tumors on her ovaries and that he would take care of removing them for her and that she would not need to get the operation at the clinic.
He told her to come the next evening so he could perform the spiritual surgery.
Pilar arrived the next evening and as she entered there were six patients lying on mats on the floor and Don Umberto was sitting in the center seat against the wall with two other shamans who were his assistants flanked on each of his sides.
He had Pilar lay on one of the mats.
Don Umberto and the two other shamans imbibed Ayahuasca and commenced the ceremony.
She was lying on the mat and as soon as the lights went out the last thing she remembered was Don Umberto saying, “Let the doctors come in.”
When the ceremony finished they woke her up and put her and each individual patient in beds so they could sleep and be able to return to their respective residences in the morning.
When they woke her up she felt as if she was drugged similar to when one just comes out of anaesthesia.
She laid down and went to sleep.
The next morning when she awoke the shaman came over and sang several Icaros over her.
He told her if she had pain when she returns home that she should take ibuprofen to calm her discomfort.
When she went to stand up as she normally would she felt a pull and pain inside her body.
The shaman told her to be careful and be gentle with her body because she just had surgery.
She returned to her home and stayed in bed for the day but was told to return the next week to follow up on the procedure.
While she was in bed she was feeling pain inside her body as if she really did just have surgery yet there were no incisions on the outside of her body.
She stayed in bed for three days because anytime she got up out of bed she felt some pain and straining in her lower abdomen.
She returned in one week and Don Umberto gave her a medicinal plant preparation to drink.
She returned within a few weeks to the clinic for them to check her condition and to the doctors surprise she no longer had tumours within her body.
Don Umberto cured her.[1. Oral transmission from Ana Vasquez Villacorta de Menech, July 2015]
Another person Luis Vasquez had a problem with his knee and could not walk for weeks, this is the son of Pilar.
Because of the success with Pilar’s healing, she decided to bring her son to Don Umberto for treatment.
Luis went through the same consultation and was now laying on the mat as the ceremony was beginning for him.
He felt himself becoming extremely drowsy but fought to stay awake and aware.
He became startled as he saw tall white spirits as men in white robes coming close to him.
The one spirit man that appeared whither and brighter than the rest approached him and pierced his knee with a long white needle or wand all the way through from one side to the other.
When he felt the needle-like item pierce his knee he screeched because of feeling the piercing, moments afterwards he lost consciousness and awoke the next day.
Within a few days, he no longer had any pain and could walk again without a problem.[2. Oral transmission from Ana Vasquez Villacorta de Menech, July 2015]
After these stories, I decided to go to Don Umberto for my Hiatal Hernia.
When I arrived at his home which was given to him by a man that he cured of cancer from Germany I was curious, doubtful and hopeful at the same time.
Don Umberto sat in front of me and began his consultation by singing a magical song and smoking his mapaho.
He diagnosed me and gave me a drink of Achiote leaf prepared with water to drink to clean myself out from the spiritual surgery he was to perform the next evening.
When I arrived the next evening there were about six other patients lying on the floor on mats and one mat was waiting empty for me.
I went and laid down on the mat. As we waited for about 6 other shamans besides Don Umberto arrived and sat flanked on each of his sides.
They all drank Ayahuasca and then shut the lights.
Within minutes I lost consciousness.
I awoke hours later wondering where I was for a moment, it was like I just closed my eyes for a moment and all of a sudden I was awake.
I felt strangely numb and groggy.
I returned to my fiancé’s house at the time and went to sleep, I awoke the next day and felt three points around my solar plexus region with pain.
I was told to not do anything strenuous for six weeks.
My brother in Law is also a shaman looked at me and said, “Oh, Don Umberto did a good job.” As he pointed directly at the three points exactly where I was feeling the pain.
After this, I had no symptoms until I returned to the United States and began wrestling with my son Dante and felt two pops and rips within my chest.
This was only two weeks after Don Umberto worked on me.
But since that time I have never had exactly the same symptoms if only I would have listened and not forgotten the instructions of six weeks.
Unfortunately, I heard bad news that Don Umberto passed away in 2015.
I was looking forward to visiting with this great shaman again.
He helped so many people while he was alive, a humble, loving and wonderful healer he was.