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Hello, my name is Eliseo Cheo Torres.

I'm an administrator and


professor at the University of New Mexico.
And the topic of this MOOC class is
Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine.
And this presentation is
an introduction to this MOOC class.
Again the course will consist of a number
of videos on the following topics.
Such as medicinal plants or
plantas medicinales.
Teachers in microdosis or
Tintura y microdosis,
clay therapy or geotherapy,
Intestinal blotch,
blockage or Empacho or
Ventosas fire cupping,
Jugo Terapia or juice therapy,
shawl alignment or Manteadas.
The Temazcal or
healing through the sweat lodge,
Limpias energeticas or
energetic cleansing, Risa terapia or
laugh therapy and finally,
interviews with a number of Curanderos.
The course will actually begin with
a welcome by me a TedX ABQ short
video on my concept of merging traditional
medicine with modern allopathic medicine.
And, a second video on a two
week Curanderismo class that is
held on the University of New Mexico
campus in the month of July.
The fourth, the first module will
consist of an Introduction to
Curanderismo by my colleague, Dr.
Arnul, Artuto Ornelas, and myself.
I will be joined by Dr. Ornelas,
the executive director of a holistic
institute called CEDEHC [FOREIGN]
where a number of Curanderos or
trained in holistic medicine and
we actually will discuss the history and
the collaboration between Mexico and the
United States in the area of Curanderismo.
The next module will deal with
medicinal plants of the Southwest.
And this is taught by my friend and
colleague, Dr. Tomas Enos,
a well-known herbalist from Santa Fe,
New Mexico.
He is the president and
owner of a Milagro Herbs.
And is well known as an ethnobotanist
teacher and natural products formulator.
He has done an apprenticeship
also in Oaxaca, Mexico and
he will give a demonstration of
medicinal plants of the southwest.
The other module that you will be able to
view will deal with sacred tobacco healing
of Peru and New Mexico Herbology and
is presented by a couple of presenters.
The first one is Ashaninka Mino who
is a healer and an ambassador for
the indigenous Ashaninka Tribe
in the central jungle of Peru.
And the second presenter is
Bernadette Torres an herbalist and
a teacher who grew up with tradition of
healing and plants in northern New Mexico.
Mino will be demonstrating
the usage of tobacco in
healing practices and Bernadette will be
discussing medicinal plants for women.
And then we will have a video and
a module by Tonita Gonzalez and
she will discuss Tintura y Microdosis
which are tinctures in microdosis.
And Tonita is from New Mexico, but
did an apprenticeship in Mexico City and
in Cuernavaca with Rita Navarette.
She, or Tonita,
has discussed a number of topics and
will be discussing these topics in
these modules and she has a clinic
in the northern part of Albuquerque as
well as a Mexican sweat lodge or Temazcal.
Tonita will explain how
to prepare tinctures and
microdosis using fresh plants.
And then Tonita will continue with
another session on geotherapy or
clay therapy we have already introduced
Tonita but she will be demonstrating
the heating properties of clay and
the practices of geo therapy.
And then we will have
a module on Empacho or
intestinal blockage by
Albertana Sanchez Flores known as Tana.
Tana is a, an instructor at CEDEHC or
this holistic center in
Mexico in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
And she will demonstrate the techniques
used for intestinal blockage or
empacho, which is called dried empacho or
wet empacho.
And then Rita Navaretter-Perez,
we call her Rita,
she is a Curandera also an instructor
in the holistic institute CEDEHC.
And she has been practicing traditional
medicine for more than 30 years, and
she will be discussing and demonstrating
the use of ventosas or fire cupping.
Rita is from Mexico City and
she does an excellent job of the use
of ventosas or fire cupping.
After Rita, we have Tonita and also,
Rita returns with another module
on jugo terapia, or juice therapy.
Tonita and Rita will be
demonstrating how you can juice
different plants and different fruits for
the benefit of our body.
And then Rita and
Tonita continue demonstrating what we
call manteadas or shawl alignment.
This is the art that has been revived and
it's been quite popular in Mexico.
It was lost for a time.
But you will enjoy seeing
how they can align the body
with a cloth called manteadas.
And then we go into a Temezcal or a
Mexican sweat lodge for an interesting and
exciting demonstration by Rita Navarrete,
who is considered also a Temazcalera.
Some, some person who,
who is an expert and
leads Mexican sweat lodges, and
Rita will demonstrate the rituals and
benefits of the Mexican
sweat lodge called Temazcal.
And this sweat lodge is located in the
North valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
[NOISE] In here we have Laurencio Nunez,
Laurencio Nunez is a well known
Curandero from Oaxaca, Mexico.
He's also a botanist.
He will be using a number elements
to demonstrate a limpia, or
a spiritual cleansing.
The elements that Laurencio will be
using are herbs, a candle, an egg,
a mescal drink, and
incense for this exciting and
amazing energetic cleansing on me.
And then, Rita will return with
another module called risa terapia,
or laugh therapy.
She will show how we can heal ourselves
by laughing and producing endorphins.
Or the body's natural pain killer and
how we can suppress epinephrine,
the stress hormone, and
she will demonstrate other benefits of
laugh therapy, which is not
uncommon by a lot of Curanderos.
That practice curanderismo or
traditional medicine.
We will end the modules with an inter,
with several interviews by well known
Curanderos, local Curanderos, and
many Curanderos from Mexico who will share
their views on traditional curanderismo.
As well as their experiences
with the practice.
We hope that you will enjoy these modules,
which will give you an overview
of the topic of curanderismo or
traditional medicine,
that seems to be making a revival,
not only in New Mexico but also in Mexico,
the United States and around the world.
We also invite you to consider coming
to the University of New Mexico campus
during the summer for
a two week class that we hold every July.
And that you meet these wonderful
Curanderos that you will be viewing in
these modules.
Thank you very much.