In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
I have spent a large part of my career living and working among indigenous communities in Mexico, providing health care. I founded the Center for Traditional Medicine in 1977 and have been passionately involved ever since.
The Center for Traditional Medicine is a program of the Center for World Indigenous Studies, a nonprofit native organization of activist scholars devoted to the rights and support of indigenous peoples worldwide. I serve as research director and continue my work as the head of CTM.
Listen to Dr. Leslie’s interview with Poet and Cultural Activist Paul Nelson about her non-profit center and Integrating Traditional and Modern Medicine.
Center for Traditional Medicine
The efforts of the Center for Traditional Medicine are directed toward the support and revitalization of traditional (indigenous) health, wellness, and medical traditions worldwide.
The staff and associates conduct research; design and implement clinical programs; develop and deliver training programs; and conduct program evaluations. We work with communities, tribal agencies, and non-governmental organizations and are always interested in collaborative projects.
Our work applies traditional medicine and indigenous knowledge systems such as ethnobotany, ancestral nutrition & mental health nutrition to address problems of chronic illnesses and cultural and historical trauma with indigenous and non-indigenous communities. This work bridges cultural wisdom with healing arts & sciences while integrating the indigenous, feminist, and whole systems lenses. We also facilitate events and give talks on the application of traditional medicine methods to issues of cultural and historical trauma and chronic illnesses.
Please enjoy a slideshow of our work in Mexico, including food preparation and the beautiful local people.