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Alternative and Complementary Health Practices
Section Newsletter
Spring 2004

Grant Opportunities

Thanks to Ping Hu Johnson

American Nurses Foundation: Nursing Research Grants -- Strengthening Practice through Research
Next Deadline: May 03, 2004

Supports research that contributes to nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. Awards are given in all areas of nursing, including patient outcomes, health care policy development, critical care, gerontology, women's health, community and family intervention, and other topics. PI must be a licensed registered nurse who has obtained at least one degree, either a baccalaureate degree or higher, in nursing. Applicants must designate themselves as "beginning" or "experienced" according to definitions. Up to 24 awards of $3,500 to $20,000 are available. See www.nursingworld.org/anf/nrggrant.


Health Resources and Services Administration: Policy Oriented Rural Health Services Research
Next Deadline: May 03, 2004

Supports both entities established in the rural health services research field as well as those entering this field. Grants intended to advance specific areas of rural health services research in which a limited amount of research exists. Program will support individual research projects and excludes clinical/biomedical research and funds for delivery of services. Applications are sought for research that is national in scope. Research covering a single community, multiple communities, or a single state is not acceptable and will not be reviewed. In FY 04, six awards will be made. See
www.hrsa.gov/hsb for details.

Lindbergh (Charles A. and Anne Morrow) Foundation: Lindbergh Grants Program (Technical and Natural/Human Environment)
Next Deadline: Jun 10, 2004

Provides about 10 grants of up to $10,580 for research that creates a balance between technology and the preservation of the natural environment. Interests include agriculture; aviation/aerospace; conservation of resources, including animals, plants, water, and general conservation (land, air, energy); education, including humanities/ed., the arts, and intercultural communication; exploration; health, including biomedical research, health and population sciences, and adaptive technology; and waste minimization and management. See www.lindberghfoundation.org/grants/
for details.

National Institutes of Health: Basic and Preclinical Research on Complimentary and Alternate Medicine (CAM)
Next Deadline: Jun 01, 2004

NCCAM, NCI, NIGMS, and NIMH, support research (R01, R15, R21) on CAM to provide a stronger foundation for ongoing and planned clinical studies. CAM consists of five domains: alternative medical systems; mind body interventions; biologically based treatments; manipulative and body based methods; and energy therapies, with overlap. This initiative is designed to move CAM and conventional researchers toward more basic, mechanistic, and preclinical research. Contacts vary. PA expires 7/15/05 unless reissued. See
http://nccam.nih.gov/cgi-bin/grants/funding.pl active for PA 02 124.

National Institutes of Health: NCCAM Exploratory/Developmental Grant for Clinical Studies (R21)
Next Deadline: Jun 01, 2004

Supports exploratory/developmental clinical research (R21), in all domains of complementary and alternative medicine, in order to provide preliminary data that can be used as a foundation for larger clinical studies. NCCAM defines five domains of complementary and alternative medicine: alternative medical systems; biologically based therapies; energy medicine; manipulative and body based therapies; and mind body medicine. Grants may not be renewed. Contacts vary. PA expires 7/06 unless reissued. See 
http://nccam.nih.gov/research/announcements/pa/ active for PAR 03 153.

National Institutes of Health: Developmental Projects in Complementary Approaches to Cancer Care
Next Deadline: Jun 01, 2004

NCI, NINR, NIDCR, and NCCAM support developmental pilot research (R21) to investigate complementary approaches in cancer. Goal is to encourage and support the development of basic and clinical complementary cancer research and to provide the basis for more extended research by establishing methodological feasibility, strengthening scientific rationale, and collecting preliminary data. Also designed to stimulate and facilitate the entry of promising investigators into research. Awards provide $275,000 over up to two years. PA expires 10/05. See
http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/ for PA 04 053.

National Institutes of Health: Exploratory Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control
Next Deadline: Jun 01, 2004

Supports biobehavioral research (R21) in cancer control from investigators in a wide range of behavioral and social science disciplines who wish to focus their research on the behavioral aspects of the cancer control continuum from prevention to end of life care. The goals are to encourage exploration of new ideas and methodologies and provide support for collection of pilot data to be used as the basis for subsequent R01 applications. Awards provide up to $275,000 for two years. PA expires 11/2/05 unless reissued. See http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/
for PA 04 034.

National Institutes of Health: Health Disparities in Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases
Next Deadline: Jun 01, 2004

NIAMS, along with NEI and NIEHS, support research (R01) to promote the design, development and testing of hypothesis driven innovative approaches to eliminating health disparities in rheumatic, musculoskeletal, and skin diseases. Focus should be on potentially modifiable environmental, social, and behavioral factors, and on gene environment interactions, that may underlie ethnic/racial disparities in disease prevalence and outcome. Contacts vary by Institute. See
www.niams.nih.gov/rtac/funding/index.htm for PA 03 054.

National Institutes of Health: Research on Clinical Decision Making
Next Deadline: Jun 01, 2004

Supports research (R01, R21) to help patients, families and health care professionals make decisions about a patient's health care. Research questions should test the effects of clinical decision making on patient outcomes, and may include patient's cultural and/or ethnic group, optimal amount of information patients can absorb and/or time needed to assimilate information, influence of health professional's view of treatment, and patient's history of illness. PA expires 6/14/05 unless reissued. See www.nih.gov/ninr/research/dea/PARFApage
for PA 02 118.

National Institutes of Health: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health
Next Deadline: Jun 01, 2004

OBSSR, along with several other NIH institutes, support projects (R01) to elucidate basic social and cultural constructs and processes used in health research; clarify social and cultural factors in the etiology and consequences of health and illness; link basic research to practice for improving prevention, treatment, health services and dissemination; and explore ethical issues in social and cultural research. Goal is to encourage development of health related social sciences research relevant to the missions of NIH. PA expires 12/21/04 unless reissued. See http://obssr.od.nih.gov/content
for PA 02 043.

Source: Kennesaw State University Grant Opportunity Newsletter for April 2004.

Jan. 28, 2004

Acupuncture in the Global Village: Experience of the PanAfrican Acupuncture Project in Uganda

Beth Sommers, MPH, Lic.Ac.

The goal of the PanAfrican Acupuncture Project (PAAP) is to improve the health and quality of life for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. By training local health care workers to use simple and effective acupuncture treatments, communities can add these resources to their strategy for improving public health.

At the invitation of public health colleagues at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, PAAP designed a training program that emphasized and integrated considerations of mind, body, and spirit. The first session was held about one year ago and included an intensive two-week curriculum designed by National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) trained acupuncturists who are also involved with the AIDS Care Project in Boston. A second level of training to enhance this curriculum was held several months later. Both trainings emphasized treatment for common and highly prevalent conditions associated with HIV/AIDS such as body pain and neuropathy, night-sweats and fever, insomnia, menstrual problems, weight loss, depression, and fatigue. Protocols for treating people diagnosed with TB and malaria were included.

The training incorporated didactic elements, such as discussion of the origins of acupuncture and Asian medicine, as well as point location and indications for using various point combinations. Issues of the body and spirit were addressed through practice by having students treat each other, as well as learning exercises from Tai Qi and Qi Gung. Trainees were enthusiastic about the learning opportunities; they enjoyed and benefited from the daily group practice and reported that they were experiencing improvements in their individual health and stamina.

Thirteen health care workers participated in PAAP’s first training. The group included physicians, physiotherapists, nurse-midwives, and a traditional healer. Patients came from both urban and rural areas. The principle organizations providing leadership and support included The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Women Against AIDS in Africa (SWAA), and THETA, an association of traditional healers and medical doctors.

The response to participate in the training was enthusiastic and demonstrated the high level of motivation of the health care workers to develop their skills. Taking time away from their jobs, traveling to the classes, and devoting themselves to training represented significant dedication and sacrifice that inspired the trainers and their colleagues.

Even without formal solicitation or advertising for patients, numerous individuals came for treatment each day. The level of acceptance for this type of treatment was high, despite the fact that acupuncture is not a common form of treatment in Uganda. The entire country has only a few acupuncture providers, all of whom work in private practice which is not accessible to most Ugandans who are living with HIV/AIDS.

Although the success story of Uganda in addressing the AIDS epidemic is inspiring (it was the first country anywhere in the world to actually reverse its prevalence rates through an intensive educational campaign conducted on every level of the government and private sectors), approximately 95 percent of those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are without medications. This fact helps to create an opportunity to introduce acupuncture not as a cure for AIDS, but as a means to prolong the lives and enhance the health of people until medication becomes available.

Preliminary data on utilization and efficacy include information on 218 individuals who received treatment. One hundred fifty-seven (72 percent) were female, and 61 (28 percent) were male. Ages ranged from 8 months to 78 years of age with an average of 34 years old. The most prevalent conditions were gynecological symptoms as well as conditions related to TB and malaria. Over half of the individuals treated reported moderate to significant improvement.

Trainers included Richard Mandell, founder of PAAP (Boston), Alison Quiring (Chicago), and Debi Shargel (San Francisco). All commented on the dedication and passion of the trainees to learn and share the simple yet powerful therapeutic value of acupuncture.

“One of the most important lessons for me was seeing how helpful a simple acupuncture treatment could be for sensitizing the practitioner to a focus of care that is wellness-based and expands treatment options," Quiring commented. "I was inspired by patients’ responses. Treatments brought them to the health centers more frequently and seemed to give both patients and providers a more active, empowered stance on wellness and health.”

PAAP will continue to nurture its roots in Uganda and plans to provide training this summer for a new group of health-care providers in rural Uganda. PAAP will also provide ongoing educational support to the first cohort of trainees in Kampala.

Mandell has been moved by the “simplicity of what we are doing, trying to reduce pain and suffering. It extends back to 3000 years ago in China.” For him, “PAAP represents nurturing by NADA and work in substance abuse treatment. The treatments bring tranquility and calmness to the noise of HIV/AIDS, reminding us that healing and change are always possible and available.”



California Health Care Consumers may now choose Licensed Naturopathic Doctors

On Jan.1, 2004, the Naturopathic Doctors Act went into effect in the state of California. Outgoing Governor Gray Davis signed the Act into law last fall, and before the end of the year, the state will begin issuing licenses to naturopathic physicians who have been trained in one of the accredited four-year professional programs in naturopathic medicine. California becomes the 13th state in the nation to license naturopathic physicians to serve as generalist providers of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The state’s 33 million citizens will now have an important option when they make their health choices.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of primary health care practiced by naturopathic doctors for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human health conditions, injuries, and disease that employs natural therapies, therapeutic substances, and education to promote and restore health by supporting and stimulating the individual’s self-healing processes. Naturopathic medical education is a four-year, graduate-level program that includes basic medical sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry and pathophysiology, as well as the study and application of natural therapies such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine and health counseling. The naturopathic approach is dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention.

Under this law, naturopathic doctors will be permitted, with few exceptions, a scope of practice consistent with breadth of their training. This includes diagnostic techniques such as phlebotomy, clinical lab tests, speculum exams, orificial exams, and diagnostic imaging. They will also may dispense and administer nutritional supplements, botanicals, homeopathic medicines, all dietary supplements and over-the counter medications. These providers may also do hydrotherapy, massage, electrotherapy, colon hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercise and minor office procedures. These doctors may prescribe therapeutic devices and barrier contraceptives, remove foreign bodies in superficial tissues, repair superficial lacerations and abrasions, but may not suture (until the Bureau makes recommendations regarding minor office procedures). Naturopathic doctors completing additional training in natural childbirth will be eligible for a specialty certificate in naturopathic childbirth attendance which will allow for the management of normal pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum care.

The titles and professional abbreviation reserved for individuals licensed under this legislation are: licensed naturopathic doctor, naturopathic doctor, doctor of naturopathic medicine, doctor of naturopathy, naturopathic medical doctor, and "N.D." Those in violation of this law will be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000, one year in county jail, or both. The act establishes a Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine within the Dept. of Consumer Affairs (DCA), and an Advisory Council including three naturopathic physicians who have been licensed in California. The Director of the DCA will appoint a Naturopathic Formulary Advisory Committee to determine the naturopathic formulary based on a review of naturopathic medical education and training, and make recommendations to the Legislature not later than Jan. 1, 2006 regarding prescriptive authority. Several states allow naturopathic physicians to prescribe certain drugs, such as antibiotics.

It is important for both consumers and conventional health care providers to recognize that the term "naturopathy" is NOT protected under this act. Historically, this term has been used to describe lay natural health practices, and under this law is defined as "a noninvasive system of health practice that employs natural modalities, substances and education to promote health." The act does not limit the practice of naturopathy, and does not restrict use of the terms "naturopath, naturopathic practitioner, or traditional naturopathic practitioner." While many continue to help consumers work toward health, these practitioners have not had the level of training that naturopathic doctors are required to have to be licensed. Doctors licensed under this act will be subject to the same standards of regulatory oversight and peer review as other licensed health care professionals. The act requires the licensed doctors to complete 60 hours of continuing education biennially, with at least 20 hours in pharmacotherapeutics.

This regulatory development in this important state is another step in the growing interest in CAM. Naturopathic medicine is the only physician-level profession of modern health providers that retains training in a wide array of therapies that are now commonly thought of as alternative or complementary (these therapies can in fact be either or both), and is important in protecting the health of the consumers who choose CAM as a part of their health care. Several states and territories of the United States have recently begun regulating the practice of naturopathic medical practice, or are considering doing so. This includes the District of Columbia, whose Committee on Human Services unanimously passed a bill that would provide for the licensure of the naturopathic physicians in the nation’s capitol. This bill would restrict the practice of naturopathic medicine to those who have been trained at accredited naturopathic medical schools.

Last September, the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) was once again recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for programs of naturopathic medical training. The CNME accredits four programs: Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine in Kenmore, WA, National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, AZ, and The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. Two other institutions, the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bridgeport, CT and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, British Columbia, have attained candidacy, or pre-accreditation status with the CNME.

More information on the profession of naturopathic medicine may be obtained at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ Web site, www.naturopathic.org.
Information on the academic programs can be found at the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges’ Web site, www.aanmc.org or at www.cnme.org.

ACHP SPIG Chair Letter

APHA's Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Special Primary Interest Group (ACHP SPIG) is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science and public health standards and disseminating authoritative information to public health professionals about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research and clinical application.

Our four primary areas of focus continue to be evaluation of current CAM research and practice; licensure and safety considerations in the delivery of CAM; outreach to both the CAM and public health communities; and effective CAM integration into conventional medical practice and academic curriculum.

The ACHP SPIG was founded almost 10 years ago and has thrived over that time. This year's high rate of quality abstract submissions for the Annual Meeting is confirmation of both our success within APHA and also of the extraordinary acceptance and practice of CAM by the general public. Alternative and complementary health practices have flowered in the past decades as more and more people seek to avoid the drugs and surgery of conventional health care - or at the very least supplement them with other approaches.

Indeed, the face of healt hcare is changing, moving toward a more open-minded view of nonconventional remedies, some new, some long forgotten. Knowing more about them may be one of the best things we can do for our own health. It is certainly the most effective way to ensure that public health practices both respect and integrate the healing systems of today and yesterday. Ironic as it sounds, it looks as though the future of medicine may well lie in these healing traditions of the past. And the ACHP SPIG continues to play a critical role in bringing these ideas and principles of our past and our future together!


What You Can Expect from ACHP SPIG in the 132nd APHA Annual Meeting

It is hard to believe that six months have passed since we saw you in San Francisco and the 132nd APHA Annual Meeting is approaching. Thanks to our members and the leadership of our SPIG, we received a large number of abstracts, many of which are related to this year's theme of "Public Health and the Environment." The reviewers worked diligently and completed abstract reviews on time. Many thanks to our volunteer reviewers.

This year, the Alternative and Complementary Health Practice (ACHP) SPIG will sponsor ten oral scientific sessions, one poster session, and one business and social event. Due to the increased number of sessions we offer, we have to schedule two sessions simultaneously and schedule sessions on the third day for the first time! To help you schedule your time, following is the tentative session schedule:

Monday, Nov. 8, 2004
Bringing Alternative and Complementary Health Practices into Medical Care and Public Health from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This contributed session will include researchers and practitioners who will address issues related to insurance reimbursement, access to CAM care, and integration of CAM services into various sectors of the health community.

Modern Perspectives on Botanical Therapies from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is an invited session. A panel of experts will present expertise from a broad base of botanical medicine professionals ranging from medical and herbal practitioners, product safety and policy, medicinal plant research, and education. Do not miss this session.

Body, Mind, and Spirit in Public Health: Caring for the Whole Person from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This session has been extremely popular in the past and we expect it to be at least as good this year as if not better than it was in the past. This session will present research, methods, and clinical perspectives on mind-body therapies including prayer, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, and others in this area.

Alternative and Complementary Health Practices and Women’s Health from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. ACHP and women's health issues have been of great interest to many public health professionals and our session on women's health has always been very popular. This year, contributing researchers along with invited experts will address the application of ACHP to women's health.

Global Alternative and Complementary Health Practice Perspectives: Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Around the World from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Last year, we introduced the ACHP around the world for the first time and it was well received. Based on the request from participants, we are providing this session again this year. It will include multicultural ACHP in various countries and communities. Please mark your calendar.

At the end of the day (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), an ACHP SPIG Business Meeting/Social Event will be held at the annual meeting. Please join us to provide your insight and assistance, get to know the experts in the field, and enjoy the social interaction with peers in ACHP. Our SPIG would not have been so successful without a group of dedicated volunteers!

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004
Voices, Views, and Visions of Current and Future Health Professionals on Alternative and Complementary Health Practices from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Current and future medical and health professionals will share their research and views of ACHP application and education.

Alternative and Complementary Health Practices and Public Health from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This poster session will present an array of current ACHP application, education, and research by scholars and practitioners from various settings. You will have the opportunity to interact with our presenters directly. Do not miss this session.

Managing Chronic Pain with Alternative and Complementary Health Practices from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ACHP researchers and practitioners will discuss current advancement in chronic pain and public health as well as the role of alternative and complementary therapies in chronic pain management.

Alternative and Complementary Health Practices and Chronic Diseases from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In this session, practitioners from academic, clinic, and community setting will present their research on various CAM modalities used in treating various chronic diseases.

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004
The Impact of Natural Environment and Social Connection on Human Health from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This session will present researches and practices that address the relationship between the environment and health.

Growing Prevalence of Alternative and Complementary Health Practices: Obstacles and Opportunities for Health Professionals and Consumers from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This session will present a variety of ACHP studies that address the use of ACHP in various conditions among various populations. Obstacles and opportunities for public health professionals and consumers will be addressed as well.

We hope you will join us in Washington, D.C., in November this year. We have planned a wide range of high quality sessions to meet your professional interests:
www.apha.org/meetings/


Self-Regulation and Standards in the Botanical Medicine Community

Aviva Romm, President, American Herbalists Guild
Herbalist and Certified Professional Midwife

“A thing is right only when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the community; and the community includes the soil, water, fauna, and flora as well as the people.” - Aldo Leopold

History of the American Herbalists Guild

The American Herbalists Guild (AHG) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1989 to provide support, education, and credentials for botanical medicine practitioners in the United States. Today, with well over 1,000 members, the Registered Herbalist [(RH (AHG)] credential, and a biannual peer-reviewed botanical medicine journal (Journal of the American Herbalists Guild), the AHG has established itself as the primary organization for herbalists in the United States. The AHG’s membership consists of both general and professional levels, and includes professionals from a variety of disciplines including herbalists, pharmacists, medical doctors, nurses, midwives, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, and Ayurvedic practitioners, and from a variety of countries including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

The primary goals of the American Herbalists Guild are as follows:
  • Honor diversity in herbal medicine, ranging from traditional indigenous models of herbalism to modern clinical phytotherapy.
  • Establish AHG professional membership as a recognizable standard of competency in botanical medicine.
  • Encourage the development of high standards of education that promote well-trained professional practitioners who offer high-quality herbal care.
  • Promote ecological health and increase awareness of issues surrounding plant sustainability.
  • Strengthen the network of support and communication between herbal practitioners nationally and internationally.
  • Foster high standards of ethics and integrity in the education and the practice of therapeutic herbalism.
  • Promote cooperation between herbal practitioners and other health care providers, integrating herbalism into community health care.
  • Serve as a liaison to other professional associations and regulatory agencies.
  • Promote research in herbal medicine.
Herbalists and Herbal Medicine

The American public has largely mixed perceptions of the safety and efficacy of botanical medicines due to a wide range of inconsistent reports in the media. The AHG has tried to establish that there is a difference between the practice of herbal medicine by qualified herbalists and the “herbal medicine” promoted by the herb industry. Herbalism involves a paradigm and specific philosophies, not just a material substance. Herbalists and herbal philosophy make a unique contribution to the modern health care system that is distinct from the mass promotion of herbs.

Reasons for Establishing a National Botanical Medicine
Practitioner Certification

In the mid-1990s, the AHG began developing plans for a national certification in botanical medicine. The impetus behind this decision was the desire on the part of AHG members and leadership to:
  • Expand public access to qualified and competent botanical medicine practitioners (herbalists, naturopaths, MDs, etc.).
  • Establish a clear role for herbalists as health professionals.
  • Facilitate the entry of herbs/herbalists into a greater variety of clinical and educational environments (hospitals, clinics, universities, medical education programs, etc.).
  • Allow herbalists reimbursement for services as well as provide access to populations of greater financial need.
There have been a number of challenges inherent in establishing standards in the botanical medicine community. For example, pockets of herbalists, based on historical and political concerns, are resistant to any external practice standards, and the AHG is cautious not to create divisions in an already small body of professionals. As a response, the AHG has chosen to proceed slowly and thoughtfully, while making every effort to keep communication open in the herbal community. Additionally, it has been an important principle that the AHG remain committed to non-exclusive, voluntary self certification.

It is also challenging to at once create a unified standard and honor diversity in herbal practitioners, whose practices range from traditional indigenous models of herbalism to modern clinical phytotherapy. The AHG’s response to this has been to establish a certification model that respects diversity in herbal practice while recognizing multiple routes of entry into the profession. It has also been a goal of the AHG to reinforce to the public that certification reflects a standard, not the standard.

Process and History

A National Certification Examination in Botanical Medicine is currently being developed as a collective effort of the American Herbalists Guild and the Botanical Medicine Academy. The exam topics and content were determined with the input of the many botanical medicine practitioners and scholars from a variety of related professions whose expertise was actively sought at all steps of the process. The AHG will serve as the national certifying body, and the BMA will administer the exam. The following is a summary statement of the goals for the exam: “ The National Certification Examination in Botanical is a voluntary gold standard of excellence in the clinical use of botanical medicines. National certification does not imply the right or ability to practice medicine and holds no legal status. It is intended as a way for consumers, the media, government officials, and other practitioners to readily identify highly skilled practitioners who are also well-regarded within each practitioner's own profession (be it clinical herbalist, naturopathic physician, chiropractor, medical doctor, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, etc.). National certification is not intended to limit the scope of practice of any profession. It is intended to improve the state of education and knowledge of botanical medicine in all medical professions, the media, the government, and among consumers.”

Additional AHG Activities

In addition to the publication of a peer-reviewed journal and the development of national standards for botanical medicine practitioners, the AHG serves as a provider of approved continuing education programs in botanical medicine for herbalists, pharmacists, nurses, naturopathic physicians, and acupuncturists. The annual national symposium, now in its 15th year, provides an excellent opportunity for health professionals interested in herbal medicine to learn from top international botanical medicine practitioners. The AHG also offers regional intensives on specific topics in herbal medicine as well as clinical practice intensives.

If you would like more information about the AHG, or to join or register for our upcoming programs, please contact us at:

1931 Gaddis Rd
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 751-6021
Web: www.americanherbalist.com