Traditional Hispanic Herbalism:
The California School of Traditional Hispanic
Herbalism officially opened its doors in January of 1998, 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.
Although primarily offering classes in herbalism, the school also stresses an
understanding of curanderismo, the native Hispanic healing philosophies as practiced in California.
The cross-cultural influences of European and Asian herbs, as well as 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.
Mr Charles Garcia, who is the director and primary
instructor of the school, is a third generation curandero, having learned much of his skills from his
mother, who learned them from her father. Chuck has treated and healed family, friends, and colleagues
for almost two decades before going public with his herbal practice. He continues to treat physical and
spiritual illnesses in the Hispanic and Anglo communities of Northern California.
Some of the more impressive work that Mr Garcia has achieved, are his lectures on
University of California Berkeley Joint Medical Program
California State University at San Marcos
The local office of the American Red Cross
The San Francisco Community Healthcare Consortium
On Lok Healthcare Services of San Francisco
The San Francisco office of AmeriCorp