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Foundations In Herbal Medicine

Take a deep dive into herbal medicine with Tieraona Low Dog, MD

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Master Herbal Medicine

Are you a health care professional with a passion for plants? You'll love the new Foundations in Herbal Medicine. Originally derived from a nine-month residential program, Foundations is an online, distance-learning program for herbal and natural medicine founded and taught by Tieraona Low Dog, MD.

This highly comprehensive multimedia course allows you to learn about herbs from the roots up—from pharmacology and preparation to their impact on all the body’s systems. Combining the rich history of herbal medicine with the best of research, Foundations will help you understand how herbal products fit into our modern health care system.

Dr. Low Dog: Internationally Recognized Herbal Expert and Teacher

In addition to her deep knowledge of the plant world, Dr. Low Dog has an uncanny ability to distill difficult material, enabling her to teach the latest botanical research and complex medical concepts in a warm and user-friendly fashion. With her clinical experience and constant review of scientific studies she’s able to sift through hearsay and hyperbole, presenting a credible combination of traditional and evidence-based herbal knowledge in an inspiring format.

500 hours of Multimedia Resources


The new Foundations uses videos of Dr. Low Dog’s classroom lectures, written course material, and a private group page on Facebook to create a substantial and comprehensive 500-hour learning program. You may also take advantage of an optional three-day Herbal Intensive class at Dr. Low Dog’s ranch in northern New Mexico to gain hands-on training that complements the curriculum.

Designed for Health Care Professionals and Herbal Enthusiasts

Foundations is designed to serve as a platform for individuals who wish to explore the role of natural medicine within the broader context of health and contains core material oriented toward clinicians.

The course presents herbal medicine within an integrated and holistic framework, discussing relevant nutritional interventions and dietary supplements where appropriate. Whether for chronic diseases or minor conditions that don’t require the powerful hand of Western medicine, herbs have a significant role. If you’re ready to go deeper with some of the best (and most accurate) information available, join us today.


Your Instructor


Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Tieraona Low Dog, MD

A Note from Tieraona:

I am a physician who originally trained as an herbalist, midwife, massage therapist, and martial artist. I have been exposed to and deeply influenced by the wisdom of the grandmothers, midwives, and indigenous peoples of these lands. I have learned to gather, prepare and use the healing plants, ease the body’s pain with massage, help women bring their babies into the world, and tend to the sick. I have been at the bedside as life enters this world, and also as it leaves. I’ve sat quietly during ceremonies, taking in their mystery and wonder, witnessing the power of prayer and belief. I’ve watched as healers called upon the ancestors for strength and direction, assisted surgeons as they removed bullets and tumors, and transplanted organs, witnessed people near death in the intensive care unit walk out well a short time later, and just about everything in between.

All of these experiences, from the profoundly spiritual to the most medically advanced, have shaped my approach toward health and healing, and eventually led me to the field of integrative medicine – a discipline that melds effective natural healing methods, lifestyle, and medically proven treatments. It allows clinicians a broader way to think about the restoration of health and the prevention and management of disease. It is neither wise or sustainable to continue to rely so heavily upon prescription drugs to help us focus, fall sleep, lift our mood, ease our pain, suppress a cough, keep our bones strong, fight off minor infections, squelch a rash, and soothe an upset stomach.

Over the past 15 years, I have helped oversee the training of more than one thousand doctors and nurses in this common sense approach to health, healing and wholeness in my role as Fellowship Director for the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Now I want to share my experience and knowledge with you, so that you feel comfortable with the “how, what, when and why” of using natural therapies and when it is inappropriate to do so. If you want a deep dive into the world of natural and integrative medicine, I invite you to join me at Medicine Lodge Ranch.

For more information about me, see: www.DrLowDog.com/about.html


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Class Curriculum


  Foundations in Herbal Medicine: Orientation Call
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  FIHM: Herbal Formulations
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  FIHM: Dietary Supplements
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  FIHM: Nutrition Prescription
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Frequently Asked Questions


Who should take this course?
“Foundations” contains core material that is oriented towards health care professionals. While the course focuses on herbal medicine, relevant nutritional interventions and dietary supplements are discussed where appropriate. I​n other words, we teach herbal medicine within an integrated and holistic framework.
When does the course start and finish?
You can start whenever you are ready! However, we do form two classes each year for anyone wishing to study with a group. The next class starts September 1, 2017. Remember the Foundation's course is a completely self-paced "online" course - you decide when you want to study and when you finish. Also, it's never too late to join the current class that started February 6th! We find that new classmates are invigorating and welcome you.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Will I receive anything upon completion of the course?
A framed "Certificate of Completion" will be given to all students upon course completion. Also, this course will help you qualify for designations from groups like the American Herbalist Guild.
Do I have to join Foundation's private Facebook group?
No, but it is highly recommended. We've created a private Facebook group page just for our Foundation's students as a way for everyone to participate in our community. This will be the ongoing place for Q&As with Dr. Low Dog and all other classmates. We're always adding resources to help everyone get the most out of the course. If you don't have a Facebook account, we can help you get set up in a very private way.
Do I have to attend the Summer Intensives?
No, but Dr. Low Dog highly recommends that you attend at least one while you are studying. The Summer Intensives are totally optional 3 day Herbal Intensive classes are offered each Summer at Dr. Low Dog’s ranch in northern New Mexico will provide hands-on training to complement the curriculum.
Do you give CE credits?
No Continuing Education credits are available for this course because Dr. Low Dog wanted to be able to discuss specific herbal products, traditional & cultural herbal remedies, and keep the tuition costs as low as possible.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.