When I think of who I am and what I bring to medicine, I think of myself as the bridge between the woman growing peppermint in her garden and the researcher isolating menthol in a lab.
—Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Lifelong commitment to integrative medicine
Dr. Low Dog’s extensive career in studying natural medicine began more than thirty years ago. She studied midwifery, massage therapy, and was a highly respected herbalist, serving as President of the American Herbalist Guild and running a teaching clinic in Albuquerque, before going on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Tieraona opened and ran a successful integrative medical clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico before joining the faculty of Andrew Weil's Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona where she currently serves as the Director of the Fellowship.
Thought leader in health care
In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, Dr. Low Dog has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues for more than a decade. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and she recently completed her three–year term as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Tieraona served as the elected Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Committee from 2000 to 2010. And now serves as the elected Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements Admission Evaluation Committee. Her many honors of distinction include the Martina de la Cruz medal for her work with indigenous medicines (1998), Time magazine’s “Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine” (2001), the Burt Kallman Scientific Award (2007) and NPR’s People’s Pharmacy award (2010).
Inspirational teacher and speaker
Dr. Low Dog is an internationally known speaker on topics ranging from the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements to integrative approaches to women’s health. With more than 30 publications, she serves on the editorial/advisory boards of Menopause and Explore journals, Prevention magazine and the American Botanical Council. She has appeared on E!, ABC’s 20/20, CNN, and is a frequent guest on NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy.
Honors and Awards
- Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Time Magazine (2001)
- International Martina de la Cruz Award for her work with indigenous remedies (1998)
- NPR'S The People's Pharmacy Award for Excellence in Research and Communication for the Public Health (2010)
- White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2000-2002). Appointed by President Bill Clinton. The commission provided legislative and administrative recommendations to ensure that public policy aximizes Americans’ benefits of complementary and alternative medicine.
- Chair of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Committee (2000-2010). USP promotes the public health by developing and disseminating quality standards and information for Dietary Supplements, Healthcare delivery, and related products and practices.
- Chair of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) Dietary Supplements Admission Evaluation Committee (2010-present). USP promotes the public health by developing and disseminating quality standards and information for Dietary Supplements, Healthcare delivery, and related products and practices.
- Advisory Board for the National Institute’s of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) (2003-2006). Appointed by Secretary Tommy Thompson of Health and Human Services. NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.
- Director of the Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Andrew Weil, the Program in Integrative Medicine’s mission is to lead the transformation of healthcare by creating, educating, and actively supporting a community of professionals who embody the philosophy and practice of Integrative Medicine.
- Editorial Board Member
Television and Radio Appearances
- Dr. Low Dog has appeared on
- E! Television
- ABC’s 20/20
- Good Morning TV / London
- Dr. Low Dog is a frequent guest on radio programs in the United States and the United Kingdom, including NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy.
Books and Articles Published
- Life Is Your Best Medicine: A woman’s guide to choosing health, healing and wholeness (published by National Geographic Books). In it Tieraona introduces you to her philosophy for health and shares many of her personal stories and life experiences. It is a journey of health, healing, and wholeness. More Information.
- Complementary and Integrative Approaches to Women’s Health — A Clinical Guide (published by Elsevier). This book covers the most common areas of concern in women’s health. It is an evidence-based, clinically-oriented book that presents the background and range of complementary and alternative therapies related to common medical conditions and functional complaints and disorders.
- Integrative Women’s Health (published by Oxford University Press in 2010) - Co-edited by Dr. Low Dog and her close friend and colleague Dr. Victoria Maizes, this book contains 38 chapters of in-depth integrative clinical strategies for a wide range of topics including breast cancer, endometriosis, menopause, fibromyalgia, migraines, multiple sclerosis, depression and much more. This book is part of the Weil Integrative Medicine Library from Oxford.
- Dr. Low Dog has written eighteen chapters for medical textbooks on integrative treatment approaches to endocrine disorders, acute and chronic pain, diabetes, pre-menstrual syndrome, as well as on the topics of botanical medicine and herbs and the cardiovascular system.
- Dr. Low Dog has published over 30 articles on integrative medicine and women’s health including integrative approaches to pre-menstrual syndrome, menopause and breast cancer and a literature review on the safety of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa).