Education & Research

The major centers and organizations studying herbs and herbal medicine to provide the most complete information about the industry.

Sage Mountain Retreat Center & Native Plant Preserve

Founded by Rosemary Gladstar and family, Sage Mountain Retreat Center & Native Plant Preserve is one of New England’s foremost learning centers for herbs and earth awareness. Located on 500 wilderness acres in central Vermont, this beautiful piece of Earth Mother is a natural sanctuary and teaching site.

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP)

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) is a no-profit organization established in 1995 to promote the responsible use of herbal medicines and insure they are used with the highest degree of safety and efficacy as is achievable. AHP produces critically reviewed documents called “monographs” that outline the quality control criteria needed for ensuring the identity, purity, and quality of botanical raw materials. Each document also presents a complete and critical review of the traditional and scientific literature regarding the efficacy and safety of herbal medicines.

American Herbalists Guild (AHG)

American Herbalists Guild encourages the development of high standards of education that promote well-trained professional practitioners who offer high quality herbal care.

Salam research

SALAM Research is an independent research business established in 1999 and located in Rochester, New Hampshire. Steven Maimes, principal of SALAM Research, is an independent researcher, analyst, writer, and thinker.

American Botanical Council (ABC)

The American Botanical Council, also known as the Herbal Medicine Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media. Published materials are extensively peer-reviewed, and include a vast selection of periodicals, books, monographs, safety reviews, continuing education materials, searchable online databases, and more.

Vermont Center for integrative Herbalism

VCIH is a non-profit organization offering free and sliding-scale herbal consultations through our community clinics, as well as affordable classes that empower individuals to take care of themselves and their families, whenever appropriate. The center provides comprehensive herbalist training programs, which include clinical experience gained through collaborative practice in the community clinics. VCIH grew out of the Sage Mountain Free Herbal Clinic (a collaborative learning and practice experiment founded in 2001 and located for six years in Barre, Vermont) as well as the collective teaching and clinical experience of the founding directors.

David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies

David Winston’s Center For Herbal Studies' (DW-CHS) is a center offering a specific herbalist-training program focused on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualise treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. David Winston, RH (AHG), an internationally respected herbalist, is the dean and primary instructor for this program.

Swedish Herbal Institute

The Swedish Herbal Institute (SHI) was founded in 1975 with the purpose of collecting information about herbal medicine and promoting scientific research, as well as developing unique herbal products based upon that science. SHI is committed to the belief that evidence-based medicinal plants and botanicals have a major and ever growing role to play in the area of public health, both in the doctor/patient relationship as well as in self-care situations. SHI believes that the synergetic principle, by means of modern biotechnology, will lead to effective and safe products in modern health care. This philosophy is based on the observation that the medicinal and pharmacological effect of most traditional medicinal plants and botanicals is the result of the combined action of several substances on different targets of the same system. Another salient factor is the low frequency of side effects. In fact, their low toxicity is partly explained by the fact that our systems have learned to metabolize these compounds quickly and efficiently using the plant’s secondary metabolites. Typical constituents are phenolic substances, various terpenoids, flavonoids, polysaccharides etc.

Hippocrates Health Institute

Set in lush, tropical 50-acre setting in West Palm Beach, Florida, guests from all over the world benefit from health and nutritional counseling, non-invasive remedial and youth-enhancing therapies, state of the art spa services, inspiring talks on life principles and a tantalizing daily buffet of enzyme-rich, organic meals. The goal of the organization is to assist people in taking responsibility for their lives and to help them internalize and actualize an existence free from premature aging, disease and needless pain.

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