Outline for panel discussion
Industrial Leadership for the Preservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
David Kiefer, MD
Program in Integrative Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
August 29, 2003
  1. A short overview of the field of integrative medicine
    1. Philosophy
      1. Will include the importance of stressing the need to acknowledge many associated factors (i.e. environment, culture, economics, individual patient preferences, etc.) involved in health and healing, and recommendations to patients (about diet, botanical treatments, etc.)
    2. Patient Intake
    3. Treatments used
  2. A patient case example and the thought process behind the selection of herbal medicines
    1. Important factors in allopathic medicine
    2. Herbal medicine resources
      1. What’s available
      2. Current needs
    3. Sources of herbal medicines

Some questions for the panel:

  1. Sustainable sourcing: why is it important for clinicians/practitioners to care about this?
  2. How can groups interested in sustainability and conservation educate herbal medicine practitioners about the many issues surrounding medicinal and aromatic plants?
  3. What do (and should) physicians consider when prescribing herbal medicines?
  4. What are some of the possibilities for collaboration between physician associations and organizations interested in MAP conservation?