Traditional Medicine Without Borders: Curanderismo in the Southwest & Mexico

Friday Jul 25, 2014

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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131






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UNM Curanderismo Program Back for 14th Year For the fourteenth consecutive summer, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, UNM Vice President for Student Affairs and professor of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, in conjunction with the UNM Women’s Resource Center, will host the “Traditional Medicine without Borders: Curanderismo in the Southwest and Mexico,” two week course at the University of New Mexico from July 14-25.   This popular summer class is an opportunity for Mexican traditional healers to share knowledge about “Curanderismo” the art and science of Mexican folk healing with students and members of the public interested in learning about this tradition.  Torres takes an integrative approach to medicine and his class features demonstrations incorporating Curanderismo with various traditional and holistic health techniques. The course uses healers and health practitioners from Mexico and the Albuquerque community as instructors. “Each year the class has grown in popularity.  What started as a class of approximately 30 in 2000 has grown to close to 200, and this year, I’m again expecting local, national and international students.” Torres says. “What’s unique about this class is that local curanderos, practitioners and healers all come together to share and learn about traditional healing methods. The first week local curanderos will be involved, while both Mexican curanderos and local curanderos will take part in week two.” Also, in conjunction with the class, the UNM Women’s Resource Center, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, will sponsor and host two Mexican Traditional health fairs (Ferias de Salud) and free workshops as part of the two-week class.  The health fairs and workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 22 from noon to 4 p.m. on the UNM campus; and on Wednesday, July 23 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  The fairs feature over 30 well-known Mexican folk healers/curanderos(as) from the México City area, including the communities of Cuernavaca, Tepoztlán, Amatlán and Oaxaca.  “The healers will discuss traditional healing therapies including herbal medications, spiritual energy cleansings and other healing techniques, which have remained a part of the Mexican culture for centuries,” said Torres. “Treatments will be available and donations accepted.” For more information on the class including registration, class syllabus or health fairs and workshops visit or follow us on Facebook