If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40.00.  

Course Description

Are folk illnesses such as "empacho" or "mollera caida" a medical emergency?  What traditional treatments have already been tried? Provide more appropriate care for your Latino patients by learning about curanderismo-a holistic, spiritual approach to medicine that uses the natural world to heal the mind, body and soul. Curanderos, sobadores, santeros, and yerberos use rituals, massage, teas, creams, and tinctures from herbs and plants to treat a variety of physical, psychological and spiritual ailments.


Michael Caudill MA, RN

Target Audience

All Healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes

After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify effects of Latino population's growth on healthcare delivery systems.
  • Explain primary perceived causes of illness in Latino folk medicine.
  • Identify types of traditional healers used by Latinos.
  • Describe folk illnesses that may be acute emergencies.

Length of Course:

60 minutes

Credit Statements

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is an accredited provider of Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.0 contact hours

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 1.0 clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Dietitians: 1.0 hours of CPE for registered dietitians.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1.0clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 1.0 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.1 CEUs (1.0 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

Speakers have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in education activities. Please see individual activities for any conflicts of interest.

Provisions of these educational activities by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC, SCNA or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with activities.