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Bilis, also known as colera or muina[1], is a mental disorder which takes place when bile produced by the body is poured into the bloodstream[2] as a result of emotional reactions such as anger or fear[3] or by suppressed emotions. The words bilis and colera literally refer to bile or gall. Bilis affects people with angry personalities or "coraje" (anger) which leads to an excess of bile within the body. It is a social condition that is related to negative "energies". Although only recognized as a mental disorder by the Latino community, bilis is found in all parts of the world, in many races of people, and adults are particularly susceptible to it. If left untreated, Bilis may lead to digestive complications and domestic disputes.


Bilis will manifest itself as symptoms such as constipation, headaches[4], vomiting, dizziness, nighmares, and bitter taste in the mouth. [5] Excessive bile released into the body can cause digestive conditions, liver ailments, nervous breakdown, and dysentery. Bilis can lead to domestic violence or abuse.


Bilis is usually treated by herbal remedies.[6] The treatments eventually purify the body's gastrointestinal system from accumulated bile, returning it back to normal. Cascara sagrada is an herb recommended to cure bilis. It is a laxative and should be taken once a week for 3 weeks in order to see its results. Bilis can be avoided by having neutral emotions and relearning emotions altogether. Therapy can be used to retrain the patient's emotional expressions.

  1. ^ Wolfgang Harth, Uwe Gieler, Daniel Kusnir, Francisco A. Tausk. Clinical Management of Psychodermatology. p. 212. [1]
  2. ^ Pamela Goyan Kittler, Kathryn Sucher (2007). Food and culture. p. 239. [2]
  3. ^ Benjamin J. Sadock, Harold I. Kaplan, Virginia A. Sadock (2007). Synopsis of Psychiatry. p. 523. [3]
  4. ^ Pamela Goyan Kittler, Kathryn Sucher (2007). Food and culture. p. 239. [4]
  5. ^ Jackson, Yo. Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. p. 133-134. [5]
  6. ^ Margaret Clark (1970). Health in the Mexican-American culture: a community study. p. 175. [6]