University of New Mexico
Curanderismo: Traditional Healing Using Plants
University of New Mexico

Curanderismo: Traditional Healing Using Plants

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Eliseo (Cheo) Torres
Mario Del Angel-Guevara

Instructors: Eliseo (Cheo) Torres

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Students will be able to provide Information on the history, traditions, rituals, herbs, and remedies of Curanderismo.

  • Students will be able to analyze curative remedies of plants of the Southwest for medicinal purposes.

  • Students will be able to explain how to use plants in water-based microdosis, alcohol-based tinctures, juice therapy, oils, and smoke.

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There are 5 modules in this course

In this module, students will learn basic concepts about traditional medicine. They will view interviews on Curanderismo from scholars, Drs. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres and Arturo Ornelas and curanderas Tonita Gonzales and Rita Navarrete.

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5 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

The second module discusses the origin of plants of the Southwest and their usage for the digestive system. In traditional medicine, herbs and plants can restore and cure illnesses and improve a healthy life style.

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2 videos1 reading1 quiz

Leticia will demonstrate how to apply plants for the nervous system, Tonita will show the preparation of some alcohol-based tinctures and water-based microdosis, and the ingredients involved in the preparation and a proper usage of them.

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2 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Rita and Tonita offer a combination of fruits, plants, seeds and water to enhance the body’s health by means of activating energy, metabolism, enhancing the immunologic system and increasing antioxidation. Tonita demonstrates Geotherapy as a healing practice and the combination of clay and plants for a number of illnesses.

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2 videos1 reading1 quiz

Healers demonstrate body therapy using herbal oils. Students will learn to origin of Moxa usage and the different types of it. Professor Torres concludes the course by summarizing the modules.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz


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Eliseo (Cheo) Torres

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University of New Mexico
5 Courses42,610 learners
Mario Del Angel-Guevara

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University of New Mexico
5 Courses42,610 learners

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