The California School of
Traditional Hispanic Herbalism officially opened its doors in January
of 1998 in the San Francisco East Bay city of Richmond, California, to teach
and preserve the healing traditions of the Hispanic curanderos and curanderas
(folk healers) of California. Many of these classes had been informally taught
for two years prior to the creation of the school.
Primarily offering classes in herbalism, the school
also stresses an understanding of Curanderismo, the healing techniques and
philosophies of Native-Hispanic California. The cross-cultural influences
of European and Asian herbs, along with the use of native plants, made California
Curanderismo a unique and potent healing medium. These practices also include
the use of intuitive diagnosis skills, psychoactive plants, ritual and magic.