The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Research Department and the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research focus on bridging the gap between traditional and evidence based medicine. Our research is fueled by the efforts of naturopathic students, faculty and clinical staff utilizing cutting edge technology to investigate the validity of natural, botanical based treatments. In addition, our clinic allows for the identification of special case studies that constantly elucidate our areas of investigation; and it gives us the option of expanding our basic science findings into clinical trials.
Current Areas of Research
- SARS-CoV2 research at the Biodesign Institute
- Vitamin D – A collaboration with ASU
- Investigating the activity of hemp (Cannabis sativa) related to anxiety, pain, sleep disorders, and immune modulation.
- Identification of botanicals which will aid in skin care and aging.
- Characterization and formulation of novel anti-viral and anti-herpes virus botanical extracts and blends.
- Evaluation of antimicrobial botanicals as potential therapeutics for Lyme disease.
- Characterization of the optimal medicinal activity of Larrea Tridentata related to seasonal variations.
- Identification of botanicals for the treatment of acne.
- Echinacea Purpurea: Deciphering the Controversy Behind its Medicinal Properties.
- Characterizing the antimicrobial activity of natural clays.
- Veterinary medicine: Botanicals for the treatment of kennel cough, mastitis, herpes and papillomavirus infections in animals.
- Characterization of the antimicrobial activity of propolis.