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Discover the major personalities that provide a legacy on adaptogen plants!

Adaptogen Plants GUIDO MASÈ


Guido Masè is a clinician and educator in the Western herbal tradition. He spent his childhood in Italy and has been living in Vermont since 1996. He is chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine Natural Products, clinician at the Burlington Herb Clinic, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution.

Guido Masè Blog

Adaptogen Plants STEVEN MAIMES


Steven Maimes is a researcher, freelance writer, philosopher, and principal of SALAM Research in Rochester, New Hampshire. Steven is also the former owner of an herbal products business in the San Francisco Bay Area. He wrote in collaboration with the author David Winston the definitive guide to adaptogenic plants - “Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief” published by Healing Arts press.

Steven Maimes Website

Adaptogen Plants DAVID WINSTON


David Winston is an herbalist and ethno-botanist who has practiced Cherokee, Chinese, and Western herbal medicine since 1969. He is the president of Herbalist and Alchemist, Inc., author of Saw Palmetto for Men & Women, and coauthor of Herbal Therapy and Supplements. He lives in Washington, New Jersey.

David Winston Website

Adaptogen Plants JAMES A. DUKE


James A. Duke is an American botanist. He is the author of numerous publications on botanical medicine, including the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. He is well known for his 1997 bestseller, "The Green Pharmacy".He developed the Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases at the USDA. Duke's work is cited with approval by Andrew Weil, a physician who maintains a health website that includes alternative medicine. Weil calls Duke "a leading authority on healing herbs".

Adaptogen Plants MARK BLUMENTHAL


Mark is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), the editor/publisher of HerbalGram, and the senior editor of three of ABC’s books. He represents ABC in the media, to ABC stakeholders, and in dozens of appearances at conventions, conferences, and other appearances. He has guided ABC strategically since its founding. The link below provides additional information about Mark Blumenthal.

American Botanical Council



Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, author, clinician, botanist, mycologist, and research scientist with over 35 years of experience with herbal medicine. Christopher has a doctorate from UC Berkeley in phylogenetics, evolutionary biology and phytochemistry. He is also a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild. He is author of Handmade Herbal Medicines and Medicinal Mushrooms.

Christopher Hobbs website



Rosemary Gladstar is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the “godmother of American Herbalism”. She began over 35 years ago developing herbal formulas in her herb shop, Rosemary's Garden in Sonoma County, California. She is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, the oldest running herb school in the United States, author of The Science and Art of Herbalism home study course, and is the organizer of the International Herb Symposium and The New England Women's Herbal Conference held annually in New England. She is the author of numerous herb books including the best seller Herbal Healing for Women, The Story Book Herbal Healing Series, Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health, and the Science and Art of Herbalism; an extensive home study course.

Rosemary Gladstar website

Adaptogen Plants DAVID HOFFMANN


David Hoffmann has been a clinical phytotherapist for almost 20 years. He is one of the founding members and a past president of the American Herbalists Guild. He is on the advisory board of the American Botanical Council, the peer-review boards of Herbalgram and the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, and the steering committee of the American Herbal Pharmacopoea. He is the author of 17 books, and teaches phytotherapy throughout the world. He is visiting faculty at Bastyr University, The California Institute of Integral Studies, the National College of Phytotherapy, and the Rocky Mountain School of Botanical Studies. He resides in California.

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Adaptogen Plants DONNIE YANCE


Donald R. Yance is a clinical master herbalist and certified nutritionist internationally recognized. He has devoted his life to developing a unique approach to health and healing that elegantly combines his passion for the latest scientific research with the wisdom of ancient healing traditions. He’s founder of the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, Oregon, President and formulator of Natura Health Products, a line of advanced botanical and nutritional products for health care practitioners. Donnie is author of Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer (Keats Publishing, 1999) and Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease (Healing Arts Press, 2013). Donnie is also professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Donnie Yance website

Adaptogen Plants CHRIS KILHAM


Chris Kilham is a world-renowned author, educator, and proponent of herbal remedies. On his website MedicineHunter.com, he sums up the stress-busting power of adaptogens. Chris has conducted medicinal plant research in over 45 countries. Chris works with companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products into market successes. These include kava, maca, rhodiola, schisandra, tamanu oil, cat's claw, dragon's blood, ayahuasca, and hundreds of other plants. Chris also works to bridge worlds, regularly sharing information about other cultures through presentations and media. CNN calls Chris "The Indiana Jones of natural medicine."

Chris Kilham website

Adaptogen Plants AGATHA NOVEILLE


Author, Herbalist, Associate Educator and Marketing Assistant at the Herbal Academy. Agatha is the founder and director of the Common Branch School, a community herbalism project, and is especially interested in herbal emergency preparedness strategies, community wellness topics, and native and naturalized plants. Her personal blog, The Independent Herbalist, is a lively mix of DIY projects, introspection, and creative inspiration for spirited herbal living. Her book, Adaptogens: Your Guide to Radiant Health, is a handbook for using herbs to improve mood, energy, and immunity that include more than 75 unique herbal recipes and elixirs.

Agatha Noveille website

Adaptogen Plants RON TEEGUARDEN


Ron Teeguarden is the cofounder, with his wife Yanin, and leader of Dragon Herbs, a provider of health promoting herbs and complimentary services, including education and educational materials. Ron has been a professional practitioner and teacher of the holistic Asian health arts since 1971. He has been a powerful translator of Eastern philosophy and health care technique to ten's of thousands of Americans for nearly four decades. He is recognized as the premier spokesperson for Chinese tonic herbalism in America. Ron specialized in Chinese tonic herbs and has taken a special interest in adaptogenic herbs and in the art of Life Cultivation by which one can develop radiant health. Ron has written two major books on Chinese tonic herbalism: "Chinese Tonic Herbs" and "The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs" originally published as "Radiant health".

Ron Teeguarden website

Adaptogen Plants ROY UPTON


Roy Upton is the founder, executive director, and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) (http://www.herbal-ahp.org/board.htm). Roy is also co-founder and past president, of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and serves on botanical expert advisory committees of AOAC International, the American Botanical Council, NSF International, and the Lloyd Library and Museum. Roy has been working and practicing professionally as an herbalist since 1981. He is trained in Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese, and Western herbal medicine and has also studied and worked extensively with Native American and Caribbean ethnobotanical traditions. As an integral part of his work as an herbalist, Roy spends a great deal of time defending the rights of people to access herbal medicines and to see herbal medicine integrated into the fabric of both our homes and health care systems. In addition, Roy is the staff herbalist for the California-based herbal supplements company, Planetary Herbals, he is a member of the Standards Committee of the American Herbal Products Association, and an internationally recognized lecturer and author of numerous popular and peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Adaptogen Plants NARENDRA SINGH


Narendra Singh, MD, was a man of numerous accomplishments who spent his lifetime dedicated to the study of Ayurveda and medicinal herbs in the context of his dual expertise in pharmacology and conventional medicine. He served as referee for numerous national and international journals, in addition to being on the editorial board of the Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences and serving as editor of the Journal of Biological and Chemical Research, the Journal of Biotechnology in Medicinal Plant Research, and the book Clinical Studies on Kamala (Jaundice) and Yakrit Rogas (Liver Disorders) with Ayurvedic Drugs (1988). He is best known for his research on the adaptogenic and anti-stress properties of classic medicinal and Ayurvedic herbs. For example, his 2002 book, Tulsi: The Mother Medicine of Nature, written with Yamuna Hoette and Ralph Miller, elaborates upon the value of tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum, Lamiaceae) for a variety of medicinal uses associated with its adoptogenic and healing properties.

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Marlene Adelmann is the Founder and Director of the Herbal Academy, international school of herbal arts and sciences and meeting place for Boston area herbalists. Through the school and online herbal classes, Marlene has brought the wild and wonderful world of plant medicine to thousands of students across the globe. Marlene spent several years studying herbs and learning under some of the most revered, modern herbalists and continues to practice plant medicine through on-going correspondence courses and teaching others. Marlene's passion for herbalism started with her studies in Culinary Arts. In 1989 she opened her own catering company and through her passion for food and good healthy living that she began learning about herbs and how to use them both for food and medicine. Marlene has been a vegetarian for 25 years. She teaches vegetarian cooking classes promoting eating close to the source, which is clean eating that eliminates most cans, boxes, and packages. Marlene believes that learning to create health through the foods you eat is life transforming.

Marlene Adelmann website

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