CRISTINA VENEGAS MENDEZ
Cristina is a chemist who has work in research in Costa Rica with several aspects related with medicinal plants.
She has focused her research on phytochemical and bioactive molecules for more than seven years pointing on the study of medicinal plants. On this area, plus the phytochemical profiles, she has been working with farmers to develop organic production systems of medicinal plants from the wild agrotechnologies out and doing research on the subject of germplasm conservation, studying systems of organic production and handling of medicinal plants outside its wild system concerning the development of secondary metabolites as well as cultural practices in the use and explotation of plants in relation to biodiversity and conservation.
She also has a specialty in Naturopathic-Biological Medicine and Homeopathy. Within the issue of phytomedicine her great interest has been to combine this knowledge with her work and research in popular education and alternative medicine to promote the use and production of medicinal plants on a communitary basis. As a permaculturist, Cristina promotes the development of sustainable alternatives for social justice and the respect of life in all its forms, on this way, natural medicine is one of the dimensions where natural and human wisdom became a powerful source of creation and healing.
She has had the opportunity to share lectures at congresses and pre-congress courses in countries like Colombia, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, United States and Costa Rica. She also has worked as scientific advisor for different private laboratories in developing procedures for quality control of botanic material and production of herbal based medicine according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) guidelines as well as the RTCA ( Central American Technical Regulation) parameters.
NATUROPATHY AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR PREVENTATIVE
COMMUNITY MEDICINE IN RURAL COSTA RICA:
the integration of preventive medicine and community work.
The use of medicinal plants as part of the idiosyncrasy of rural communities in Costa Rica creates the conditions to promote social organization and the knowledge exchange to reinforce the perspective of prevention in relation to health practices. On this class we are going to see the experience on some communities of the northern region of Costa Rica, we trough a socio educational project a healthier way of life can be promoted.
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE AS A COMPLIMENTARY ALTERNATIVE
TO PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY IN REFUGEE CAMPS
The psychosocial therapy not only engages the attention to the emotional health, but also how to create the conditions around the people to overcome a difficult collective situation. In the case of refugee’s centers and camps in Costa Rica, there is a proposal in which and holistic approach is promoted related with the health attention. The use of medicinal plants to attend physical and psychological health has shown to be very effective as a complement trough different kind of therapies such as phytotherapy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy,
massages and other.