Herbalist - Lecturer - Author

As a life-long Imperial herbalist with a doctorate of Naprapathy, my obsession and passion has been medicinal plants of the Americas and abdominal therapy.

Founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and The Abdominal Therapy Collective.


“It is folly to ignore the sacred in life or medicine. Skirting the spiritual has had a shattering effect on every dimension of contemporary existence.”

Rosita Arvigo
Goddess Ix Chel

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN

A native of Chicago, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN is an herbalist, Naprapathic physician, Founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and The Abdominal Therapy Collective, international lecturer, and author of eleven books.

"My goal is to reach out to lay people, professional herbalists, massage therapists, nurses, medical doctors and the world community of healers to share the simple, non-invasive techniques of abdominal therapy and spiritual healing learned over thirty years of study with traditional healers of Central America."

The Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation founded in 1987 by Dr. Arvigo, Dr. Greg Shropshire, and Dr. Michael J Balick of the New York Botanical Garden works towards preservation of traditional healing and conversation of medicinal plants in Belize and Mexico.



“Blessed are they when they have found their work. All are essential in the cosmic scheme
and find their greatest joy in doing their appointed task.”

C.C. Zain

Learn from Rosita


Herb Walks

Hosted across North & Central America

Join Rosita in neighborhoods and city parks to identify useful, edible and medicinal plants. Some of you may even find them in your own back yard! Learn first-hand from a master herbalist on this fascinating plant tour, hosted across the Americas.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed reading both The Oracle of Ix Chel, and the second book of the series, The Island of Women. The story is compelling and found myself binge reading both of them! I really hope there is a third book on its way. I miss the characters already.”

Cathy Lipsky

Children work in a Santa Elena, Cayo, school herb garden supported by the Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation in Belize.



“It is simple. If you don't say the prayer of faith and thanksgiving to the plants, the spirit of the plant will not go with you to heal the people.”

Don Elijio