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USP Congratulates Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Recipient of the AHPA Herbal Insight Award

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) congratulates Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, recipient of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Herbal Insight Award. The award recognizes substantive, positive contributions to the herbal products industry. In naming Dr. Low Dog, AHPA noted her contributions in the area of botanical supplements and their uses.

Dr. Low Dog is an internationally recognized expert in the field of dietary supplements, herbal medicine, women’s health and natural medicine. In addition to her work as a clinician and educator at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, 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). Dr. Low Dog served as the elected Chair of the USP Dietary Supplements Information Expert Committee from 2005 to 2010. And now serves as the Chair of the USP Dietary Supplements Admission Evaluation Subcommittee.

“The public health impact of Dr. Low Dog’s contributions are outstanding,” said Gabriel Giancaspro, vice president foods, dietary supplements and herbal medicines at USP. “In addition to her expertise in the scientific evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine we appreciate her spirit of volunteerism and her commitment to USP’s public health mission. Under her guidance and objective leadership, the committee advanced advisories for appropriate use of dietary supplements, made major revisions to the admission criteria and safety evaluation of dietary supplements for USP monograph development, and led the development of more than 40 families of supplement monographs.”

The Herbal Insight Award joins a long list of distinctive honors awarded to Dr. Low Dog, including 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 (2007).

Dr. Low Dog has propagated the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements for integrative women’s health, with more than 30 publications to her credit. Her volunteerism is also reflected in her serving on the editorial/advisory boards of Journal of Society for Integrative Oncology, American Family Physician, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and contributions to the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

An internationally known speaker on topics ranging from the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements to integrative approaches to women’s health, Dr. Low Dog also serves on the editorial/advisory boards of Menopause and Explore journals, Prevention magazine and the American Botanical Council.

For more information, visit www.usp.org.