Amanda McQuade Crawford

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Amanda McQuade Crawford, MA, BA, DipPhyto, MNIMH, MNZAMH, RH (AHG), is a Medical Herbalist and psychotherapist, Professor, Author and Television Personality. She hosts "What a Relief!",[1] a television show on the Veria TV network[2] which teaches viewers about natural herbal treatments for common, everyday ailments.

Life and career[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

McQuade Crawford has degrees in Clinical Psychology (MA), Ancient and Medieval History (BA), and phytotherapy (herbal medicine) from Britain's College of Phytotherapy. She was elected a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) in 1986,[3] and is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild.[4] She is also a member of the College of Phytotherapy Practitioners (MCPP), and the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (MNZAMH).

She is also noted for her exploration of traditional herbal remedies in remote areas of the world. On her own volition, she has traveled to and learned from licensed physicians and folk healers in places including South America, Europe, New Zealand, and Scotland's Findhorn Ecovillage,[5] an experimental community in sustainable development.[6] Under the World Health Organization, Crawford organized a two-month exploration of herbal medicine in the People's Republic of China.

Previously in private practice in Beverly Hills and still practicing in Ojai, Calif., McQuade Crawford integrates her knowledge and experience of herbs with stress management and an awareness of the role that spiritual well-being has on health. She grew and gathered most of her plant-based therapies from her organic gardens in Ojai.[7]

McQuade Crawford also helped develop Solixir, a line of botanical beverages that contain standardized herbs and are sold at Whole Foods. She is a partner in the company.[8]

She currently works as a medical herbalist consultant, working with Blessed Herbs, among other companies, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia[9] and the American Botanical Council[10] to help set standards for quality as a review panelist, while improving production controls within the natural products industry.[11]

Teacher[edit | hide | edit source]

McQuade Crawford has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences[12] , and serves as faculty and Associate Director, United States, for the International College of Herbal Medicine.[13]

McQuade Crawford is Distinguished Lecturer for Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH, formerly Tai Sophia Institute).[14] She has also lectured at numerous North American schools, from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., to Bastyr University in Seattle, Wash.[15]

McQuade Crawford serves on numerous professional advisory boards and scientific review panels including The International Research Group for the Conservation of Medicinal Plants.[16]

Author[edit | hide | edit source]

  • The Natural Menopause Handbook: Herbs, Nutrition, & Other Natural Therapies (Author) [17]
  • The Herbal Menopause Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Natural Therapies (Author)[18]
  • Herbal Remedies for Women: Discover Nature's Wonderful Secrets Just for Women (Author)[19]
  • The New Menopause Book (Contributor)[20]
  • Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants (Contributor) [21]

Television shows[edit | hide | edit source]