After viewing the introductory gallery, we enter the permanent exhibition which gives the historical background to the species recorded from the sixteenth century in the codices up to present-day research into traditional medicine and ethnobotany. This area provides information on traditional plant and herbal remedies, which were not only used in the pre-Hispanic and viceregal periods, but are still used today in some rural and urban populations in Mexico. Treatments include: massages, manteadas (a technique used by midwives using a rebozo, or scarf), temazcals (a healing sauna), cupping and cleaning, cures for indigestion, flatulence, babies’ rashes, hemorrhages, shortness of breath, faintness, poor circulation and for problems of the mouth, skin and digestion.
The museum ends with a tour of the living “museum,” the biggest national plant collection in Mexico and genuine proof of its biological and cultural diversity. The collection consists of hundreds of species with ritual, ornamental, nutritional and of course medicinal use such as orchids, xerophytes (cactus), low deciduous species, native and introduced species, and many more. The collection is also useful for research, conservation, teaching and disseminating traditional medicine practices.
C.P. 62440, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México.
From the Cuernavaca-Acapulco highway, take the third exit for Tabachines. When you reach the bridge, continue to the right on Calle Alta Tensión. After 500 m, take the U-turn and continue as far as the soccer field; after three blocks to the right is the Church of San Miguel Arcángel.
Starting from downtown Cuernavaca, take any of the following streets: 16 de Septiembre, Humboldt and Rufino Tamayo, or Cuauhtémoc and Avenida Teopanzolco.
+52 (777) 312 3108 ext. 258034