About Dr. Low Dog

Tieraona’s Professional story

Ever since she was a young girl, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has been interested in the natural world and natural medicine. She studied and practiced massage therapy, martial arts, midwifery, and herbal medicine, serving as the President of the American Herbalist’s Guild, before going on to receive her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Tieraona has long been an advocate for health care that is compassionate, effective, equitable, and environmentally conscious. She currently serves as Director for the first Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine (www.aihm.org), after leading the Fellowship program founded by Andrew Weil, MD at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine for many years

In addition to caring for her patients and teaching, she has spent much of her life in public service. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and then appointed by Secretary Thompson to the advisory council for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has served on numerous NIH advisory panels over the years, including the National Cancer Institute. Given her vast expertise in dietary supplements and herbal medicine, she has been the elected Chair for numerous dietary supplements and botanicals panels for the United States Pharmacopeia for more than 15 years.

Tieraona is recognized as one of the leading experts in integrative medicine, particularly in the area of women’s health. She is a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Women’s Health, and has been on the editorial board for the Journal of the North American Menopause Society since 2003, amongst many others. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles, authored 22 chapters for medical textbooks and numerous books including Women’s Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine; National Geographic’s Life is Your Best Medicine, Healthy at Home and Fortify Your Life (due February 2016). She co-authored National Geographic’s Guide to Medicinal Herbs and The Botanical Safety Handbook (2nd edition) and was co-editor for Integrative Women’s Health by Oxford University Press. Tieraona has spoken at more than 550 medical/scientific conferences around the world over the span of her career.

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has been honored by numerous organizations over the years. She was named by Time magazine as an “Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” she received the Burt Kallman Scientific Award, NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy Award for Excellence in Research and Communication for the Public Health, the New York Zen Center’s Compassionate Care Award, the Integrative Healthcare Leadership Award, the American Herbal Products Association’s Herbal Insight Award, and Clinician of the Year Award by the Natural Products Association in 2015.

Honors and Awards

Positions Held

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 (2010-2014).
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

Fellowship Director for the Academy of Integrative Heath and Medicine (2015-present).
This two-year fellowship is the first integrative interdisciplinary program in the world committed to training teams of medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nursing professionals, physician’s assistants, dietitians, acupuncturists, naturopathic and chiropractic physicians in integrative health and medicine

Director of the Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (Retired) and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine (2005-2014).
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

Founding Board Member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABPS) (2011-2015)
Completing the Integrative Medicine board certification indicates mastery of the specialty experience and knowledge as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics. Editorial Board Member

Television and Radio Appearances

Dr. Low Dog has appeared on:

  • The Dr. Oz show
  • E! Television
  • ABC’s 20/20
  • CNN
  • Good Morning TV / London

Dr. Low Dog is a frequent guest on the radio program: NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy.

Books and Articles Published

Healthy At Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions (Published by National Geographic Books in 2014). Dr. Low Dog is excited to announce the upcoming publication of her new book, “Healthy at Home”, published by National Geographic Books. In this follow-up to Life Is Your Best Medicine, get the how, when, and why of getting better and staying well with homemade remedies that the doctor orders.

Life Is Your Best Medicine: A woman’s guide to choosing health, healing and wholeness (Published by National Geographic Books in 2012).
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.

National Geographic’s Guide to Medicinal Herbs (Published by National Geographic Books in 2012).
In the Guide to Medicinal Herbs, you will embark on a round-the-world journey to explore the 72 most important healing herbs, from aloe to witch hazel and everything in between.

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 Twenty-two 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 45 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).