About Dr. Low Dog

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 twenty-five 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. 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 PR’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. Dr. Low Dog writes a regular column for Alternative and Complementary Therapies magazine called “Smart Talk on Supplements and Botanicals.”

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.
  • 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
    • CNN
    • 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

  • 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 many 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 numerous articles on 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).