Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Orality as the primary source of information in the ethnobotany

Our training is based on 32 years of work in the field; where social groups allow us to talk, establishing bonds of socialization where they "tell us their life story," share the sowing, harvesting and enjoy the food dishes they offer.

The knowledge acquired orally through women and men of different ethnic groups allow us to reconstruct the therapeutic "armamentarum" that traditional doctors have.

So part of our study is the orality tradition as a means of obtaining human knowledge. It is from this perspective that we get to know the culture, values, myths, legends and extensive cultural codes that ascribe them to that social and historical reality.

We invite you to participate in this process of teaching and learning

Medical doctor and researcher José 
Vitelio Pineda 
Medical number: 
ICO. JVPM: 7884.

Email: ethnobotanyprc@gmail.com
Contact phone: +57 304 588 2686


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Lagoon La Cocha, Nariño


It is one of the study sites,
where we will know the species of Paramo.
In which we will study plant species azonal Páramos, such as the "gramicillo", "chilca" among others.

Applied Ethnobotanical Research Formation

Medical doctor and researcher José 
Vitelio Pineda 
Medical number: 
ICO. JVPM: 7884.
In partnership with: 
botanists, experts, indigenous communities and ancestral doctors
email: ethnobotanyprc@gmail.com

Applied Ethnobotanical Research Formation

 What it is ? This is a formation that comprises theoretical research and practical
approach with methodological tools to carry out a complete ethnobotanical
field research.

Who is it for? It is proposed to researchers, scientists, botanists and

How long is it for? The full program runs for an intense period of 4-months
representing around 463 hours of theory and 469 hours of practical work.

Where does it take place? In the regions of Nariño and Putumayo in Southern
Andes of Colombia and pre-Amazon; with field training among local communities and traditional doctors.

Organization and time-line

Course HoursStarting DateFinishing Day
2pm - 7pm
September 5th 2016January 15th 2016
2pm - 7pm
March 6th 2017July 17th 2017

Participants: limited to 5 – max 7 members per group in agreement with
the local communities and doctors involved in the formation.

Place of the program:

  • Courses will take place at the
    Pineda Research Center in
    Pasto, Nariño, Colombia.
  • 4 expeditions will take place in
    Nariño, Putumayo, Andes and
    Pre-Amazon regions of

Program costs:

3900 USD3500 Euros

Prices are VAT included in USD or Euros.

What it is included in the cost?
  • Pedagogical supports.
  • Materials.
  • Picking up from local airport
  • (SJP Pasto).
  • Transport transfer to residency.
  • Accomodation and transports
  • during special expeditions to do
  • field research with communities
  • and ancestral doctors.
  • Experience in medicinal
  • gardens.
  • Analysis and quality controls.
  • Exchange with local
  • pharmaceutical industry.
Not included in the price:
  • Trip to Colombia.
  • Accommodation in the city
    during theorical courses.
  • Local transports in the city.
  • Food.
 The program and objectives

Our formation is based on theories and practices where the participant received
personalized follow-up. An integrative approach is given from modern and traditional perspectives. This complete and intense courses allow the participant to led field research projects and position in the phyto and pharmaceutical sectors.

Themes developed:

Theme 1: Ethnobotany I.
Theme 2: Taxonomy.
Theme 3: Plants samplings.
Theme 4: Ethnobotany II.
Theme 5: Anthropology.
Theme 6: Ethnopharmacology I.
Theme 7: Applications traditional
medicine integrated to health system.
Theme 8: Ethnopharmacology II.
Theme 9: Local treatments.
Aromatherapy and phytotherapy used
in South Colombia.
Theme 10: Holistic and traditional
medical approaches and theories.
Theme 11: Legal aspects of
phytodrugs at national, international
level. Biodiversity, patents.
Theme 12: Responsable research and
innovation. Ethics and sustainable
Theme 13: Laboratory and industries.
Analysis, control and quality. Methods,
evaluations in laboratory.
Theme 14: Analytical chemistry,
toxicological evaluation.
Theme 15: Galenics and phytodrugs.

Pedagogical director 

Medical doctor and researcher José
Vitelio Pineda (medical number:
ICO. JVPM: 7884) in partnership with
botanists, experts, indigenous
communities and ancestral doctors.
Email: pinedaresearchcenter@gmail.com