Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection

The Florence G. Strauss-Leonard A. Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection consists of thousands of books, and other materials, related to complementary health practices and indigenous therapies from around the world. Often very distinct from and sometimes at odds with conventional Western approaches to medicine, the resources in this special collection provide an opportunity to learn about different healing traditions, philosophies and attitudes toward health and disease.

The Florence G. Strauss-Leonard A. Wisneski Collection is supported by a generous endowment from Henry L. and Joan T. Strauss and was originally created in memory of Florence G. Strauss. An integral part of activities supporting this special collection is the Strauss Committee, comprised of health practitioners, researchers, educators, and librarians from the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Auraria campus, and the community. Additional funding is provided by the Health Sciences Library and monetary and materials donations by the Strauss Committee members and other donors. More information about the collection is available in the Strauss-Wisneski Collection Development Policy.

Access the Strauss-Wisneski Collection

The collection is located on the 3rd floor of the Health Sciences Library in the Special Collections room.
You can learn what type of books are in the collection by conducting a search in Library Search:
  • Enter a subject word or phrase (e.g. "auricular acupuncture")
  • Limit the Location to the Indigenous - 3rd Floor

For research articles, try searching:

The Strauss Committee and the Strauss-Wisneski Lectures
An integral part of the special collection is the Strauss Committee composed of  health practitioners, researchers, educators, and librarians from the UCD-AMC campus, the Auraria campus, and the community. Members advise the library on collection development and on the Strauss-Wisneski Lectures.

If you are interested in joining the committee or you know someone who would be appropriate, please use this nomination form to submit information.  

The Strauss-Wisneski Lectures is a series of presentations on indigenous and integrative medicine held in the library and open to the public. See a list of past lectures for a sampling of the type of presentations sponsored by the Lecture series. To be informed of upcoming lectures you can be notified via email by sending a message to or 

If you are interested in presenting a lecture or you know someone who is, please contact Tanya Tamim (, 303-724-2138). 

Lecture Schedule

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Library Location
The Strauss Health Sciences Library is located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora Colorado. Click here for specific information on the location of the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Click here for information on parking.

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Featured Resources


Ayurveda Beginner's Guide - Weis-Bohlen, Susan

Ayurveda beginner's guide: essential Ayurvedic principles & practices to balance & heal naturally

By Susan Weis-Bohlen

Designed with the newcomer in mind, Ayurveda Beginner's Guide presents a concise overview of Ayurveda that covers its historical roots, concepts, and various healing methods, a 3-week Ayurveda plan for beginners to introduce Ayurvedic concepts into one's lifestyle gently and practically, a wide range of Ayurveda techniques such as recipes, yoga, aromatherapy, meditation, seasonal cleanses, and more a simple dosha quiz and in-depth descriptions of each dosha.

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rockies - Kershaw, Linda

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rockies

By Linda Kershaw

Throughout human history, plants have provided us with food, clothing, medicine and shelter. The Rocky Mountains are home to a diversity of plant species that have helped First Nations peoples and settlers survive through the centuries. Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies describes 333 common trees, shrubs, flowers, ferns, mosses and lichens that have been used by people from ancient times to present.