Friday Keynote Presenter: Tieraona Low Dog

Herbalism: The Crucial Role of Plant Narrative in Healing with Tieraona Low Dog

We're honored to have Tieraona Low Dog as one of our keynote presenters for this year's symposium. Her keynote presentation, Herbalism: The Crucial Role of Plant Narrative in Healing, will be live-streamed on Friday, October 16, 2020, from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST. Access to Dr. Low Dog's keynote is included with your registration for Online Symposium Experience

Narrative medicine allows clinicians to listen and interpret the stories of patients to better understand and care for them. This is true for herbalists, as well. However, unlike the prescribing of many drugs, our herbal pharmacopeia is vast and rich in history, story, myth, and science. Expanding our understanding of the narrative of plants, being able to learn and share their stories, allows us to move beyond just the mechanistic and reductionist approach, so that we may enlist and strengthen the vital connection between the patient, their medicine, and the broader context of Nature.

About Dr. Tierona Low Dog

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is a physician, author, and educator. She practiced herbal medicine, midwifery, massage therapy, and martial arts (she holds the 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do) before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Her unique background set her apart from most conventionally trained physicians. Patients sought her out for her broader way of viewing health and healing.

President Bill Clinton, the National Cancer Institute, HRSA’s Bright Futures, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine were just a few to appoint her to their advisory councils. Dr. Andrew Weil, MD asked her to run the Fellowship training program for physicians at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she trained ~700 clinicians. She was a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy for Women’s Health.

Dr. Low Dog is one of the foremost experts in the United States on the safe and appropriate use of botanical remedies and dietary supplements. She has overseen the evaluation panel for supplement/botanical safety at the United States Pharmacopeia, including joint reviews with the Department of Defense, for the past twenty years.

A prolific scholar, Dr. Low Dog has published 50 research articles in medical/science journals and written 24 chapters for medical textbooks. She has worked with many companies, helping them to craft safer, innovative, and effective products in the natural products space. She has been honored with many awards from academia, public health, and industry throughout her 40-year career.

She has authored five books, including four with National Geographic; Fortify Your Life, Healthy at Home, Life is Your Best Medicine, and Guide to Medicinal Herbs.

Tieraona lives on a small ranch in the beautiful mountains outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she grows more than 40 medicinal herbs in addition to her vegetable garden. She spends her free time hiking with her husband and beloved Shepherds, riding her horses, and lovingly tending to the chickens.