BATTLE GROUND — Dr. Jillian Stansbury, director of the Battle Ground Healing Arts Group, was selected for a professional award by the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine, a national organization of licensed physicians.
Stansbury received the “Vis” award on July 22 at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in Phoenix. The word Vis is from a Latin phrase, vis medicatrix naturae, referring to the “healing power of nature,” one of the tenets of naturopathic medicine.
This is Stansbury’s third professional award in the span of four years. In 2019, Stansbury was awarded the Order of the University from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, where she has served as an assistant professor for more than 30 years and as chair of the Botanical Medicine Department. Stansbury was selected for this award for her teaching, mentorship of students, and the creation of the university’s first ethnobotany curriculum.
Stansbury’s research has focused on medicinal plants, but she also has learned Indigenous cultures’ traditional foods, dye plants, lumber, textiles, entheogens, and plants with religious or ceremonial importance and has worked extensively with several tribes in the Peruvian Amazon.
Earlier this year, Stansbury received an Excellence in Botanical Literature Award from the American Botanical Council for her five-volume textbook series “Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals.” Stansbury’s textbooks focus on the art and science of herbal medicine and her textbooks detail molecular constituent research and clinical studies on botanical medicines for an extensive array of health issues to support physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the creation of effective tea, tincture, and topical formulations.