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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 combines 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.


Receives grant from the California Foundation to conduct…


CTM advisors contribute to the Washington State Advisory Committee on Diabetes and Obesity and represent traditional medicine in the State Policy Action Plan to Eliminate Health Disparities in Washington State.

Publishes Salish Foods Cookbook; traditional recipes of the Salish peoples of the pacific Northwest.


Receives year-long  community service grant from the Massage Research Foundation to deliver massage to indigenous communities of Cabo Corrientes.

Publishes Medicinal Plants of the Jungle /Plantas Medicinales de la Selva, a bilingual plant book to counteract community trauma in rural Mexico (free chapter).


Fulbright Award Research Grant, Traditional Medicine in Mexico to Dr. Korn to collect plant specimens, conduct oral history with local herbalists and traditional knowledge keepers, and identify the effects of development and tourism on the environment and traditional medicine practices. ( see FWJ publication).

Publishes Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes: The Native Way.


Attends Traditional Medicine and HIV/AID meeting of the WHO and UN in Ghana and presents policy development for enhancing collaboration between traditional healers  and conventional allopathic physicians.

Launches project Nutrients for Natives Program: pro bono nutritional supports for Native individuals with diabetes.


The National Institutes of Health provides a 3 year grant conduct tribal/university collaborative clinical research about Polarity therapy for Native Dementia Caregivers. Later funded for 2 Minority research training fellowships to mentor 2 native researchers.

Delivers policy statement to the National Institutes of Health for the inclusion of traditional indigenous health systems for the treatment of diabetes type 2 among indigenous peoples in the United States.


Graduates 10 Certificate/Masters degree students in Traditional Medicine.


Celebrates the 25th Annual Traditional Medicine seminar in Yelapa, Mexico.


Delivers Culture Foods and Medicines for diabetes training at Native Center University of Toronto.


CTM asked to contribute to International Encyclopedia of Women’s Studies, entries on “Traditional Medicine,” “Asian Traditional Medicine,” “African Traditional Medicine,” and “Australian Aboriginal Healing”.


Delivery of over a dozen training programs “on Culture food and medicines for the prevention and treatment of Diabetes” to Tribal & first nations health educators, clinicians and administrators.


Funded by the Minnesota Foundation to conduct a 3- year Women’s Community trauma study.


CTM joins the Center for World Indigenous Studies and begins collaborative work in education, research, policy and clinical care.


Multidisciplinary natural medicine team delivers over 50,000 clinical hours of pro bono clinical care to indigenous residents of Cabo Corrientes.


Begins Annual Seminars in Traditional Medicine in rural Mexico to  provide experiential education of health professionals in traditional medicine, bodywork therapies , culinary medicine and medicinal plant knowledge.


Founding of the Center for Traditional Medicine, a public health natural medicine center in Yelapa, Cabo Corrientes Mexico.

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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