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Curanderismo Part 3: Traditional Healing with Cultural Traditions

University of New Mexico via Coursera

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The instructor will present a welcome video describing the course syllabus followed by a Power Point presentation on the topic of "Curanderismo," traditional/folk medicine.

Each thematic module will consist of an average of two 20-minute videos, by well-known traditional healers from Mexico, and the United States.  Some of the hands-on demonstrations will be followed by additional readings and discussions on effectiveness of traditional and holistic medicine, which has been revived and recently gained popularity throughout the world.  There will be a translator in the videos for the healers from Mexico who speak Spanish.


Instructor:  Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, from the University of New Mexico 

Description:  This course will provide information on the history, traditions, rituals, herbs, and remedies of Curanderismo, a folk healing tradition of the Southwestern United States, Latin America and Mexico.  

Optional texts: 

1.       Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing, Eliseo Torres & Tim Sawyer

2.       Healing with Herbs & Rituals: A Mexican Tradition, Eliseo Torres, edited by Tim Sawyer

3.       Infusions of Healing, Joie Davidow

For further references on Curanderismo, students are encouraged to read the following books:

1.       Border Medicine - A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo, Brett Hendrickson




Introduction Videos


·       Welcome Video (3)


·       PowerPoint Introduction/Overview of Curanderismo (3)


·       Film on the University of New Mexico’s Summer Class


1.     Curanderismo Collection: Different Cultures with Similar Traditions


2.     Healing the Digestive System


3.     Healing the Nervous System


4.     Temazcal (3 videos)


5.     Intestinal Blockage (Empacho)


6.     Healing through Sound and Music


7.     Traditional Remedies for Infants and Children


8.     Traditional Healing for the Aging Community


9.     Dia de los Muertos & Healing through Grief



·       Rita

·       Tonita

·       Curanderismo Students

Taught by

Eliseo (Cheo) Torres


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