Acupuncturists, please note: We have been approved as Continuing Education Provider #1526 by the California Acupuncture Board. This lecture is one of 12 approved for 1 hour of Category 1 credit.
Many of us this weekend are speaking about herbs for brain health and stress response. Each herb sounds great but you don’t need them all. Which Adaptogen is the best for you? Find simple ways to add the right medicinal food to your diet and the optimal herb to nourish your body, mind, and spirit.
Amanda McQuade Crawford, MFT #107854, Dip. Phyto., RH (AHG), MCPP, is a widely respected herbalist and Ojai-based psychotherapist. She is the author of popular books on women’s health including Herbal Remedies for Women, and contributes chapters to academic texts such as The H.E.R.B.A.L. Guide: Evidence-Based Dietary Supplement Resources for the Clinician, and Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, among others. She earned her degree in Herbal Medicine from Britain’s College of Phytotherapy (Phyto is Greek for “plant”), and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Amanda has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists since 1986, is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild, and presents at conferences and symposia for physicians, pharmacists, and natural healthcare providers.
Mary Hardy, MD, board certified in internal medicine and a specialist in botanical and integrative medicine, has actively combined complementary and alternative therapies with traditional Western medicine for over twenty-five years in both her clinical practice and research projects. After completing her undergraduate studies at Vassar College, she returned to her hometown, New Orleans, to attend medical school at Louisiana State University. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Tufts New England Medical Center.
In 1998, Dr. Hardy founded the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Cedars-Sinai and participated in a NCCAM funded research project that evaluated the barriers and facilitators of Integrative Medicine practice based on her clinic. She also has extensive experience in evaluating the evidence base for the efficacy and safety of complementary/ integrative medicine as part of her work as a research associate at the RAND Corporation.
Dr. Hardy, the recent past Medical Director of the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, is a recognized leader in the field of Integrative Oncology. She has served as a board member of the Society for Integrative Oncology and as co-leader of the Oncology Interest Group in the Consortium of Academic Health Centers of Integrative Medicine. She has been a member of the Stiles Integrative Oncology Center at UCLA and has been co-director of a fourth year elective in Integrative Oncology.
She has also helped to establish the Integrative Medicine Health and Wellness Program at the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States and served as the Co-director of that program. Dr. Hardy was co-director for the successful multi-disciplinary clinical program for the management of chronic pain that has been established as a result of her team’s efforts.