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Center for Traditional Medicine

Infusing the healing arts and sciences with cultural wisdom since 1977.
Traditional medicine is the “mother” of all medicine. More than 80% of the world’s population uses a form of traditional medicine to treat primary health. The intimate connection between life on earth and the living universe has formed the foundation for virtually all systems of healing for millennia.

Learn about health and healing

  • Explore the relationships among trauma, mind, body and health
  • Apply local knowledge of medicinal plants and wild foods
  • Advance social justice via health care

Enhance cultural competency

We conduct research and provide clinical education, training and consultation that indigenous systems of healing with complementary and integrative medicine and public health care.

Areas of Focus

Medicinal Plants
and Wild Foods
Mental Health Nutrition
Cultural, Historical & Nutritional Trauma
Diabetes Type 2 and 3

Preview our courses here or read more here.

What is traditional medicine?

Traditional medicine is the “mother” of all medicine. More than 80% of the world’s population uses a form of traditional medicine to treat primary health. Traditional medicine consists of various systems of medicine based on cultural traditions of healing, which have been passed from generation to generation. Traditional medicine includes the use of plants and animals, as well as the innate capacity to regulate our nervous system processes ourselves. The intimate connection between life on earth and the living universe has formed the foundation for virtually all systems of healing for millennia.

Who do you work with?

Indigenous peoples, First Nations and tribal health centers & governments, state and local agencies, non-profits, international NGO’s and university students, faculty and academic institutions. We serve all people based on their chosen identity.

What do you mean by indigenous?

Indigenous refers to peoples living in or around their historical land and who actively practice the traditions of their relatives and ancestors.

How are you funded?

We are funded by grant money, research funding, donations, and our consultation & evaluation services. Money earned through services are reinvested directly back into the organization.

How do I become involved?

There are many ways to become involved with CTM. Please visit the Participate page to see a list of current opportunities for involvement.

How can I donate to CTM?

Visit our Participate page to donate to our pro bono Nutrients for Natives Program that provides health care for Native peoples with diabetes and traumatic stress.

I am interested in training in this field, what are the opportunities?

CTM staff offers webinars and presentations at national & international workshops. Please visit the education page to see a list of current training opportunities. Contact lekorn@cwis.org with any questions.

Do you only work with indigenous communities?

No, CTM works with non-indigenous organizations and communities and is available to collaborate with any group wanting to address similar issues and solutions.

Consult with us

We have a team of expert researchers, analysts, facilitators and trainers to respond to requests from tribal governments.

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