Mary Bove, ND

Lecture Overview

Botanicals interact with the human immune system through a variety of mechanisms eliciting multiple types of physiological responses from activing macrophages, stimulating the innate immune response, to inhibiting inflammation by blocking pro-inflammatory cytokines. Understanding some of the basic pharmacological strengths of specific phytochemicals, seasonal variation of active compounds, and the application to pediatric healthcare, gives the clinician options for using immune botanicals as rapid response agents in acute situations such as childhood respiratory infections, acute otitis media, and influenza. Specific botanicals covered include Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, Andrographis paniculata, Pelargonium, and Sambucus nigra.


Dr. Mary Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle,WA. and received her Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. Dr. Bove practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery in Brattleboro, VT. for 25 years, specializing in Naturopathic pediatrics, home birthing, and botanical medicine.

Once a full-time faculty member at Bastyr University, Dr Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants which is considered an authoritative reference on natural pediatric herbal medicine. Mary co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health and has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on the topics of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, pediatrics, natural pregnancy, childbirth, traditional food medicine and mind-body healing. In collaboration with Gaia Herbs® Dr. Bove developed an herbal remedy line designed specifically for children.

After leaving clinical practice Dr. Bove has carried on her work in Herbs as the current Medical Educator and New Product Formulator for Gaia Herbs in Brevard, NC. Mary lives in northern New Hampshire on a small pond where she studies the natural NE habitat with a particular interest in lichens.

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