American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
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PO Box 66809
Scotts Valley, CA. 95067

Telephone:
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Email:
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Advisory Committees

Medical

Medical Herbalist

Pharmacognosy

Analytical & Chemistry

Pharmacology-Pharmacy

Botany

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ayurveda

Toxicology

Commercial Sources & Handling

Organisational Liaisons

 

Medical Advisors

AHP Medical Director: Aviva Romm MD, RH, CPMA
Tufts University, Boston MA

Aviva has been a practicing herbalist and midwife for more than 25 years, has published 7 books on natural healthcare for women and children, and graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with a degree in medicine in 2009. Dr. Romm recently completed an internal medicine internship at Yale and more recently has started a family medicine residency at Tufts in Boston where her area of concentration is evidence-based botanical medicine.


Francis Brinker ND
University of Arizona, School of Medicine
Tucson, AZ

Francis Brinker is a 1981 graduate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.  Thereafter he completed a two-year postgraduate fellowship in general practice and botanical medicine at NCNM and then taught Botanical Medicine there.  Over the past decade he has served as an instructor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Brinker’s undergraduate degrees include a B.A. in biology from the University of Kansas as well as a B.Sc. in human biology from Kansas Newman College.  He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
For the past several years Dr. Brinker has been involved both as a preceptor and instructor in botanical medicine for the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  Other contributions, based on his extensive literature research of historic, scientific and medical publications, include roles as the editor of the Eclectic Medical Journal – Reprints vols. 1 & 2, and author of many other books published separately by Eclectic Medical Publications including Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Formulas for Healthful Living, and The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines. He has served as a consultant for Eclectic Institute, Inc. since the early 1980s.


Ronald D Cotteral MD, MS
Director Sutter Center for Integrative Health
Davis, CA

Dr. Cotteral currently serves as Medical Director, Herbalist, Nutritionist, and Lifestyle Management Specialist at the Sutter Center for Integrative Health in Davis, CA. Since 1988 he has practiced Family Medicine at UC Davis, Chelsea, and Ann Arbor Michigan in a variety of settings including residency training, community and underserved clinics, acute care clinics, and full spectrum private practice in multi-specialty medical groups. Dr. Cotteral has had eight years of experience in teaching medical students as preceptor, facilitator, and lecturer at the University of California, Davis.



Roberta Lee MD
Continuum Center for Health and Healing
New York, NY

Dr. Lee is a board certified internist who received her medical degree at George Washington University Medical School. She completed a post-doctoral two year fellowship at the University of Arizona’s Program in Integrative Medicine directed by Andrew Weil, MD. Dr. Lee came to the Continuum Center for Health and Healing as the co-director of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship. Her integrative medical interests are focused in ethnomedicine. She has an Honorary Research Fellowship at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and is working with Dr. Michael Balick, Director of the Institute of Economic Botany at the NYBG on a project in Micronesia interviewing indigenous healers and collecting medicinal plants to preserve knowledge of their uses. She is a regular contributing editor and writes a column entitled Notes from the Field with her colleague Dr. Balick in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.



Tieraona Low Dog RH, MD
University of Arizona, School of Medicine
Tucson, AZ

Dr. Low Dog is a Clinical Asst Professor ,in the Department of Medicine, and Director of Botanical Studies Program in Integrative Medicine, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona. She is also the Clinical Lecture of the School of Pharmacy, at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.



Joseph Pizzorno ND
President, SaluGenecists Inc.

Dr. Joseph E, Pizzorno, Jr., ND is the founding President Emeritus of Bastyr University for Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, Washington, the first fully accredited university for natural medicine in the United States. Dr. Pizzorno, serving on various government committees, the Scientific Review Board for Gateway for Cancer Research, as well as authoring Total Wellness, co-authoring the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, the Textbook of Natural Medicine and Natural Medicine for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, and being the founding editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, is one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. He has been recognized as one of the most influential leaders in alternative health care (Alternative Healthcare Management, 2000), as the “Humanitarian of the Year” (Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 2001), the “Naturopathic Physician of the Year” (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 2002), “Founder’s Award for Pioneering Complementary and Alternative Medicine” (National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, 2002), and the Linus Pauling award (Institute for Functional Medicine, 2004). At present Dr. Pizzorno is the Founder and CEO of Salu-GenecistsEditor-in-Chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal (IMCJ)



Jill Stansbury ND
National College of Naturopathic Medicine
Portland, OR

In 1984, Jill Stansbury graduated with honors from San Jose State University and went on to receive her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland OR. From 1990 to present; she has lectured widely on Botanical Medicine, served as Chair of the botanical medicine department at national College, is Assistant Professor of Botanical Medicine teaching Pharmacognosy and Botanical Materia Medica, and Philosophy of Healing and Naturopathic Medicine. She is a contributing writer for journals such as Medical Herbalism, Nutrition Science News, and Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine and is also on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, Journal of Complementary Medicine, and the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, Jill is licensed as a naturopathic physician in the State of Washington and has a primary care practice in naturopathic medicine in Battleground, WA.



Andrew Weil MD
University of Arizona, School of Medicine
Tucson, AZ

A Harvard-trained MD with a strong interest in the pharmacology of natural products, Dr. Weil has been an untiring maverick both in changing the way many Americans live their lives and the ways in which physicians approach the practice of medicine. Teaching medical students and seasoned physicians alike the importance of HEALTH CARE in contrast to DISEASE CARE, as well as the importance of adopting a multi-faceted, multi-disciplined approach to disease management, Dr. Weil has been a herald for integrative medicine, where the best of modern conventional therapies are coupled with the best of what the world of natural medicine has to offer, and encompassing the healing connection of body and mind. From his early writings, (From Chocolate to Morphine; The Mind in Healing), to his lectures, PBS television series, the cover of Time magazine, and the founding of the Fellowship in Integrataive Medicine Program at the University of Arizona School of Medcine, Dr. Weil's impact has been enormous and his teachings will continue to benefit people for generations to come.



Pharmacognosy Advisors

Marilyn Barrett PhD
Pharmacognosy Consulting Services
Redwood City, CA

Dr. Barrett received her PhD in Pharmacognosy from the University of London, UK. She is the founder and principal of Pharmacognosy Consulting Services. She has served on several advisory boards with organizations such as the American Botanical Council, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, American Herbal Products Association, National Institute of Mental Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, United States Pharmacopeia, Herb Research Foundation, and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has written and co-written multiple research articles in various scientific journals including the British Journal of Pharmacology, Phytomedicine, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, and Agents and Actions. She recently has authored the Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies and Reference on Evaluating Botanicals and she lectures extensively at many symposiums and conferences on issues pertaining to herbal identification, analytical standardization, and pharmacological investigations of herbal products.

John Cardellina II PhD
Developmental Therapeutics Program - National Cancer Institute
Frederick, MD

Dr. Cardellina received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Hawaii. After 4 years of service as a US Naval officer, from 1981-2002, Dr. Cardellina served as the Chaired for many Societies including the Montana Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society, American Society of Pharmacognosy, and Schwarting-Beal Awards Committee to name a few. Since 1981, Dr. Cardellina has lectured extensively at scientific symposiums highlighting natural products and their use in medicine. From 1980–1996 he held positions of Professorship at Montana State University and at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland. From 1989-1998 he worked as Supervisory Research Chemist, and Senior Investigator at National Cancer Institute. From 1998-2002 Dr. Cardellina served as Director and Vice President of the Botanical Science & Regulatory Affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Washington, DC and simultaneously served as the president of the American Society of Pharmacognosy. Dr. Cardellina has published more than 170 primary articles and is co-patented on 8 different chemical compounds, their composition, treatment methods, and uses thereof. Presently he is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Natural Products and for the Journal of the American Chemical Society and holds a position as Expert Chemist at the Developmental Therapeutics Program at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD

Ikhlas Khan PhD
National Center for Natural Products Research
The University of Mississipi School of Pharmacy
University, MS

Dr.  Khan received his B. S. degree in Chemistry and Biology from the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India) in 1980. He obtained his M. S. in Organic Chemistry in 1982 at the same university. In 1987, he received his Ph.D in Pharmacy under the direction of Prof. H. Wagner at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, Munich ( FRG ). Dr Khan joined the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) , University of Mississippi as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 1988. In 1990 he received a postdoctoral position with the Department of Pharmacy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland). In 1992, he was appointed as a Research Scientist in RIPS, University of Mississippi. He was appointed as Research Assistant Professor in RIPS and received a joint appointment in the Department of Pharmacognosy in 1995. In 2001, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy and Research Associate Professor in the National Center for Natural Products. In 2002, he was appointed as a Assistant Director of the National center for Natural products Research. In 2005, he was promoted to Professor of Pharmacognosy and Research Professor in RIPS.

Ao.Univ. Prof. Dr.Reinhard Länger
AGES PharmMed
Vienna, Austria

Professor Dr. Länger studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna from 1978-1983. In 1986 he obtained his PhD with a thesis on the botanical systematics of the genus Primula in Lower Austria, and in 1997 did his Habilitation in pharmacognosy at the University of Vienna. Professor Dr Länger remained at the University of Vienna as a lecturer of pharmacy and pharmacognosy until 2006 and specialized in the teaching of botanical microscopy, also serving as the curator of the herbarium and herb garden. Professor Dr Länger currently serves as expert and assessor for herbal medicinal products at the Austrian Medicines Agency (AGES PharmMed), the Austrian counterpart of the US FDA.

William Obermeyer PhD
ConsumerLab.com
Pasadena, MD

Dr. Obermeyer received his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1989. From 1989-1999, he completed post

doctoral research at the United States Department of Agriculture, served as a Forensic Toxicologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Delaware, and was a Research Chemist for the Division of Natural Products at the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Obermeyer has given numerous oral presentations, presented abstracts, and has published on developing, testing and substantiations of various medicinal botanical properties. Dr. Obermeyer is currently the Vice President for ConsumerLab.com continuing his primary focus which requires the extension of existing techniques or technology for a rapid response to specific concerns.

Amala Soumyanath PhD
Oregon Wild Harvest
Sandy, Oregon

Dr. Amala Soumyanath is Associate Professor in the OHSU Department of Neurology, and is currently involved in research on neurotoxic plants and botanicals for neurological disorders.  Dr. Soumyanath received her BPharm degree and PhD from University of London, UK.  She is a pharmacognosist with 2 decades experience of research and teaching in botanical medicines.  Until October 2002, she was Senior Lecturer in Pharmacognosy at the Pharmacy Department, King’s College London, University of London.  She is highly experienced in techniques for authentication and analysis of plant material, including microscopy, and in the extraction, fractionation, isolation and structure elucidation of phytochemicals. She co-authored the popular “Laboratory Handbook for the Fractionation of Plant Extracts” and is editor of the “Traditional medicines for modern times: antidiabetic plants”. Her research interests lie in the identification of active compounds and mechanisms of activity of traditional medicinal plants as well as the development of quality control methods for these botanicals.  Her group in London conducted bioassay-guided fractionation of traditional plant remedies, and successfully isolated and identified active constituents in a number of botanicals including Piper nigrum (vitiligo) , Vernonia anthelmintica (psoriasis) , Anemarrhena asphodeloides (diabetes) and Momordica charantia (diabetes) . She has studied the nerve regenerating capabilities of Gotu kola (Centella asiatica).  She has served on the US Pharmacopoiea Advisory Panel for Standards in Dietary Supplements.

Analytical & Chemistry Advisors

Stefan Gafner PhD
Toms of Maine
Kennebunk, Maine

Dr. Gafner earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1980, at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In 1997 he received his Ph.D at the University of Lausanne, Institute of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Lausanne, Switzerland in the phytochemistry of medicinal plants from Africa under the direction of Kurt Hostettmann. In 1998-99 Dr. Gafner pursued his education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with John Pezzuto, as a post-doctoral fellow in molecular biology, where he was involved in the screening of natural products and identification of the mode of action of actives in the chemoprevention of cancer. At Tom’s of Maine, Stefan heads the analytical chemistry department where the methods for the analysis of the components of their products in oral care, body care and self-care are developed.  He is also a member of the research group where he uses his skills in analytical chemistry, spectroscopy and chromatography to isolate and characterize the actives in promising botanicals. Since his arrival at Tom’s in 1999, he has published his findings in numerous scientific journals. His research interests are the identity and quality of botanical raw materials, the composition and stability of herbal preparations as well as the mode of action of the botanicals and its isolates.

Dean Gray PhD
Midwest Research Institute
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Gray received his PhD in Forestry and Phytochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His primary focus has been on the phytochemistry, analytical method development, and analysis of crude plant extracts, herbal dietary supplements, plant physiology, and chemical ecology, including relationships between environmental stress, mineral nutrition, and products of secondary metabolism. Dr. Gray has published several research papers, and made numerous poster presentations, interviews, and oral presentations. He is a frequent lecturer at scientific symposiums and conferences primarily presenting on the analysis and quality control of herbal drugs. Dean previously served as the Analytical Laboratory Manager of Herb Pharm, Inc. Williams, OR. He is presently Senior Scientist at the Midwest Research Institute; Kansas City, Missouri.

Ikhlas Khan PhD
National Center for Natural Products Research
The University of Mississipi School of Pharmacy
University, MS

Dr.  Khan received his B. S. degree in Chemistry and Biology from the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India) in 1980. He obtained his M. S. in Organic Chemistry in 1982 at the same university. In 1987, he received his Ph.D in Pharmacy under the direction of Prof. H. Wagner at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, Munich ( FRG ). Dr Khan joined the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) , University of Mississippi as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 1988. In 1990 he received a postdoctoral position with the Department of Pharmacy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland). In 1992, he was appointed as a Research Scientist in RIPS, University of Mississippi. He was appointed as Research Assistant Professor in RIPS and received a joint appointment in the Department of Pharmacognosy in 1995. In 2001, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy and Research Associate Professor in the National Center for Natural Products. In 2002, he was appointed as a Assistant Director of the National center for Natural products Research. In 2005, he was promoted to Professor of Pharmacognosy and Research Professor in RIPS.

Kerri LeVanseler PhD
Technical Manager, Chemistry Lab
NSF International
Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Kerri LeVanseler received a BS in chemistry from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a PhD in analytical chemistry from Wayne Sate University, Michigan. She serves as Technical Manager of the Chemistry Laboratory at NSF International, in charge of method development and validation, special project design and execution, and expanding laboratory capabilities into new business areas. She has responsibilities for meeting the quality assurance requirements of the NSF organization, as well as, those of various accreditation and auditing bodies. She serves as the technical director of the Analytical Chemistry Committee and Methods Validation Program of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Her expertise lies in the analysis of a wide range of analytes (vitamins, heavy metals, pesticides, natural constituents, active ingredients, extractants) in various sample types (dietary supplement ingredients and products, food and food contact materials, sanitizers, pharmaceuticals, detergents, medical devices, etc.). Dr. LeVanseler is a Member of AOAC International and a Member of the American Chemical Society."

Xie Peishan PhD
Macau Institute for Applied Research of Medicine and Health
Macau University of Science and Technology
Macau, China

Dr. Xie Peishan is one of the most highly respected natural products analysts in all of China. Born in 1934, before the Cultural Revolution of China and raised in the midst of the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution Dr. Xie has lived through many social changes in China. In 1952 – 1955, he studied pharmacognosy in East-China Pharmacy College (Now China Pharmaceutical University). Dr. Xie was one of the primary natural product analyst for the Guangzhou Institute for drug control since 1955 and has concurrently been the membership of the committee of Pharmacopoeia of Peoples Republic of China since 1977 up to now. He was the scientific director of Chromap, a Hong Kong based business specializing in the quality assessment in 2002 – 2008, and currently works in Macau Institute for Applied Research of Medicine and Health affiliated to Macau University of Science and Technology as a senior investigator. His primary focus has been in the fingerprinting characterization of Chinese medications in contrast to the Western propensity to reduce botanicals to single "active" constituents. In this regard, Dr. Xie recognizes that it is the entire herb with all of its constituents as viewed by ancient scholars that more honestly reflects the medicine. He insists the concept that understanding the traditional aspect of Chinese medicine is the prerequisite for gaining meaningful quality control of Chinese materia medica.

Eike Reich PhD
CAMAG AG
Muttenz, Switzerland

Eike Reich received his doctorate degree in Natural Products Chemistry in 1989 from Humboldt University Berlin, East Germany. From 1990 to 1998 he was Associate Professor of Chemistry at Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, USA and taught courses in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and chromatography. In 1998 he moved to Switzerland to join CAMAG as Head of Laboratory. His research is focused on applications of modern Thin-Layer Chromatography, particularly in the field of botanicals. Dr. Reich has published numerous papers on the subject and contributed chapters to text books and encyclopedias. He is a member of the Swiss and the European Pharmacopoeia (Groups 13A and B), the USP committee on dietary supplements (general methods), AOAC, the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Products Association. He is technical advisor to the Chinese Pharmacopoeia TLC Atlas and an editor of the Journal of Planar Chromatography. Dr. Reich is a visiting Professor at the Shanghai University of TCM.

Klaus Reif PhD
PhytoLab GmbH
Vestenbergsgreuth, Germany

In  1989 and 1991 Dr. Reif received his University degree as Chemist and PhD in Natural Science, respectively, at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen, Institute for Physical Chemistry (group Prof. Dickert) and in the research center of Siemens AG Erlangen (development of chemosensors for solvent vapours). Subsequently he has been the head of analytical development, HPLC, LC/MS and reference standards (addipharma®) production at PhytoLab GmbH, Vestenbersgreuth, Germany. Dr. Reif is responsible for method development and method validation for the registration procedure of phytopharmaceuticals, residue analysis, analysis of food and cosmetics, product release and stability tests with HPLC of herbal raw materials and finished herbal products. He participated in two ERPs, ginkgo and saw palmetto, and in several collaborative studies in epherdera, glucosamine, ginkgo and saw palmetto.

Sidney Sudberg DC, LAc, Herbalist (AHG)
Alkemists Pharmaceuticals
Costa Mesa, CA

Dr. Sudberg received his Bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1969 at the City University of NY where he was involved in drug discovery for cancer research followed by graduate studies at State University of New York at Stonybrook and finally at New York University in 1975. He then studied acupuncture and western herbal medicine in the UK from 1978-1981. Dr. Sudberg received his doctorate of chiropractic in 1988 from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and is a California-licensed acupuncturist. In 1997, Dr. Sudberg created Alkemists Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an independent contract and research laboratory dedicated to analysis, characterization, and identification of botanicals by microscopy and HPTLC as well as methods development, validation, constituent extraction, isolation and purification of plant compounds.

Michael Tims PhD
Montgomery College
Silver Spring, Maryland

Michael is a chemical ecologist, with a strong background in plant fungal interaction assay development involving fungal and higher plant secondary metabolite separation and detection. As a contractor for the FDA, He identified analytical methods used in dietary supplement research and manufacturing, as well as available reference standards and vouchered medicinal plant specimens. He also identified potential sources of mercury in the US dietary supplements market, particularly Traditional Chinese Medicines being imported from Hong Kong. He expanded the FDA food safety internet resource, Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins and developed a genetic bean crop database for National Agricultural Library, Organized and guided the inaugural Sustainable Production committee of the Medicinal Plant Working Group, part of the Plant Conservation Alliance. As part of a FDA effort to acquire in-house reference standards, Michael developed a TLC detection method to isolate pyrrolizidine alkaloids, highly toxic compounds found in Symphytum officinale.He has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland on Medicinal and Poisonous Plants, Plant Genetics, Plant Physiology and Microbiology. His doctoral thesis, explored the ecological advantage that plant secondary metabolites provide goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), allowing it to influence the rhizosphere community surrounding its root system.

Pharmacology & Pharmacy Advisors

Jerry Cott PhD
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation & Research
Silver Spring, Maryland

Jerry Cott, Ph.D., is a neuropsychopharmacologist specializing in psychotherapeutic drug development. He is currently a pharmacologist with the FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. Since obtaining his Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and a postdoctoral fellowship (with recent Nobel Laureate Arvid Carlsson) at the University of Göteborg, Sweden, he has had a variety of work experiences including teaching medical school at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria; and 8 years in the pharmaceutical industry in the U.S. and Sweden. Dr. Cott was at the National Institute of Mental Health as Chief of the Psychopharmacology Research Program from 1991 until June 2000. He was appointed Scientific Advisor to the Institute of Mental Health Research at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in Canada and is on the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council and the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine and the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild. He has been a frequent member of the ad hoc NIH Initial Review Groups of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has more than 80 scientific publications. Dr. Cott initiated the 1998 NIH workshop entitled  "Omega-3 fatty essential fatty acids and psychiatric disorders," and the NIH controlled clinical trials of St. John's wort in major depression and Ginkgo biloba in senile dementia. His present interest is in the integration of mainstream psychiatry with nutritional (particularly omega-3 fatty acids) and botanical interventions for the treatment of severe and chronic mental disorders. He is a member of the Bahá'í Faith, a religion that affirms the fundamental importance of diet in the treatment and prevention of disease.

Richard Ko PhD, PharmD
Herbal Synergy Consulting Co.
Pinole, CA

Dr. Ko received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley and his Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His doctoral dissertation was in pharmacokinetic drug interactions. Dr. Ko worked for the California Department of Health Services, Food and Drug Branch as a Food and Drug Scientist for 16 years, involved with the regulation of herbal products and the investigation of herbal products related injury and death. He has published numerous peer review articles and has made numerous presentations in the herbal products area.

Art Presser PhD
Huntington College of Health Sciences
Knoxville, TN

Arthur M. Presser, PharmD, is a graduate of, and currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and the Curriculum Coordinator of the Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Program. After beginning his career in conventional pharmacy in 1969, he switched his focus to integrative medicine in 1980.  Until 2007 he consulted to various manufacturing companies in the nutritional supplement industry, in addition to operating a small retail chain specializing in dietary supplements.
In 2007 he again began practicing conventional Pharmacy at the community/clinic level on a contractual basis.  He believes this is the ideal way to extend his expertise and counsel on the proper use of safe and effective products. He consults with primary medical providers on integrating natural products into their patients’ care. He has committed himself to spending more time educating consumers, retailers, and health professionals alike in the safe use of nutrients and herbals to promote a higher level of wellness.  To this end he is currently holds the position of President of Huntington College of Health Sciences, a fully accredited distance learning institution.



Botany Advisors

Sara Crockett PhD
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Institut für Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften
Graz, Austria

In 2003 Dr. Crockett received her PhD in Pharmacognosy from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. Her thesis topic was on Phytochemistry and Biosystematics of New and Old World Hypericum species (Clusiaceae). In 1996 and 2000 she earned her degrees BS-MBB and MS (Thesis topic, Taxonomy and Medicinal Chemistry of the Hypericum fasciculatum Alliance (Clusiaceae: Hypericum section Myriandra), respectively, in Botany at the University of Idaho and the University of Georgia. She trained in laboratories on various chromatographic techniques, including thin-layer, liquid, vacuum, high-pressure liquid, and centrifugal chromatography of medicinal plant extracts with Dr. Ikhlas Khan, Supervisor (Fall 2000 – Summer 2004). In present and forward, Dr. Crockett wants to emphasize aspects relevant to conservation of native species in the future – measuring genetic diversity and its impact on bioactive constituent quantities in
order to direct cultivar selection; pharmacognostic analysis -- detecting the presence and amount of bioactive compounds, with subsequent isolation, and testing against ecologically and economically relevant pathogens; and systematics – correlating the distribution of bioactive substances with phylogenetic relationships.

Christine Leon MSc
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
London, England

Christine has worked as a botanist for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for 25 years specializing in the fields of plant conservation, plant toxicology and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. She earned her MSc in Environmental resources, University of Salford, Manchester, 1996 and her BSc with honors in Biology–Ecology at the University of Exeter 1977.
At present Christine is the Project Manager of the Chinese Medicinal Plants Authentication and Conservation Centre, CMPACC. She was the Research Officer  of the Traditional Remedies Surveillance Programme and the Manager of Poisonous Plants of the UK, both joint with Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, London.  Christine was also Researcher and later Head of Internatioanl Threatened Plants Unit of the IUCN, World Conservation Monitoring Centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Joe-Ann McCoy PhD
Director, Medicinal Germplasm Repository
Bent Creek Institute
Asheville, NC

Presently Joe-Ann is the Medicinal Plant Curator –Biologist at the  Bent Creek Institute, Asheville, North Carolina.
in the development of germplasm management and organic propagation protocols for medicinal and ornamental plant genera. Also management of germplasm database, greenhouse facilities and 80 field accessions, identification and acquisition of new germplasm from native populations and provide research plant material for 5 ISU departments working on NIH grant project studying Echinacea and Hypericum.
Joe-Ann earned her PhD (2004) in plant physiology and MS(1998) in plant pathology both at  Clemson University, South Carolina. In 1994 she graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina.

 

Aruna Weerasooirya PhD FLS CBiol MIBiol

Dr. Weerasooriya is a PhD in Plant Systematics at the Department of Ecology and Biodiversity at the University of Hong Kong (2001) and a BSc (Biology) at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1990). He received his training in plant systematics, herbarium methodology and management, and seed banking technology at the royal Botanic Garden–Kew and the Royal Botanic Garden –Edinburgh, United Kingdom 1993.
Dr. Weerasooriya’s professional affiliations are with the Missouri Botanical Gardens, The Linnean Society of London, Institute of Biology UK, International Association for Plant Taxonomy, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botanical Society of America and The Society of Systematic Biologist

Traditional Chinese Medicine Advisors

John K. Chen, Ph.D, Pharm.D., O.M.D., L.Ac.

Dr. Chen is a licensed Acupuncturist and registered Pharmacist. He received his Pharm.D. in 1994 from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, his Ph.D. and O.M.D. in 1990 from South Baylo University and earned a Biochemistry degree 1990 from the California State University at Fullerton. Dr. Chen, at present, is a Professor at Yo San University of TCM, and at the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental medicine, both in Santa Monica, California, and Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, California. He is currently an Editorial Board Member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, L.A., CA, President of the Art of Medicine Press, City of Industry, CA., and consultant to Evergreen Herbs and Medical Supplies, Carson City, Nevada on herbology, pharmacology, quality control and good manufacturing practices. Dr. Chen has authored over 30 publications with his most recent titled “Chinese Medicine Herbology and Pharmacology and given over 50 presentations combined on clinical applications, diagnosis and  treatments with Traditional Chinese Medicine  and herbal medicine radio programs, panel discussions, national and international conferences.

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Robert Newman L.Ac., M.S.T.C.M.

Over the course of more than 27 years, Robert Newman has been studying and utilizing numerous methods to work with patients, including acupressure, massage, western herbs, flower essences, shamanism, homeopathy, diet and nutrition.  He has also been employing acupuncture and Chinese herbs since 1993 and he is a specialist in Chinese herbal medicine.  In 1989, he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from UC Irvine in pre-med biology and then went on to obtain his Masters degree in 1992 in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) from American College of TCM (ACTCM) and his California state acupuncture license in 1993.  He also spent a year studying Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot Cowan. He has taught and lectured about wholistic medicine and Chinese medicine at San Francisco State University, California Healing Arts College, Yo San University of TCM and the Whole Life Expo.  Robert was a staff acupuncturist, clinic supervisor and teacher at ACTCM for 4 years and a staff acupuncturist at Tarzana Medical Center for 3 years.  Additionally, he created and developed the Chinese herb garden for five and a half years at ACTCM and spent one and a half years as the curator of the Chinese herb garden at the Nanjing Institute of Botany in China.  He has been an instructor and clinic supervisor at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica for 5 years and is now their clinic director.  He also currently arranges and leads educational herb tours to China twice a year and has a private practice in the San Fernando Valley.

Xie Peishan PhD
Macau Institute for Applied Research of Medicine and Health
Macau University of Science and Technology
Macau, China

Dr. Xie Peishan is one of the most highly respected natural products analysts in all of China. Born in 1934, before the Cultural Revolution of China and raised in the midst of the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution Dr. Xie has lived through many social changes in China. In 1952 – 1955, he studied pharmacognosy in East-China Pharmacy College (Now China Pharmaceutical University). Dr. Xie was one of the primary natural product analyst for the Guangzhou Institute for drug control since 1955 and has concurrently been the membership of the committee of Pharmacopoeia of Peoples Republic of China since 1977 up to now. He was the scientific director of Chromap, a Hong Kong based business specializing in the quality assessment in 2002 – 2008, and currently works in Macau Institute for Applied Research of Medicine and Health affiliated to Macau University of Science and Technology as a senior investigator. His primary focus has been in the fingerprinting characterization of Chinese medications in contrast to the Western propensity to reduce botanicals to single "active" constituents. In this regard, Dr. Xie recognizes that it is the entire herb with all of its constituents as viewed by ancient scholars that more honestly reflects the medicine. He insists the concept that understanding the traditional aspect of Chinese medicine is the prerequisite for gaining meaningful quality control of Chinese materia medica.

Li Shaoping PhD, MSc
Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences
University of Macau
Macao, China

Li Shaoping received his MSc, PhD, from the China Pharmaceutical University. Dr. Li specializes in extraction, isolation and determination of active ingredients, especially polysaccharides and volatile compounds, in Chinese medicine, quality control methods, including HPLC, LC-MS, CE, CEC and GC-MS, for Chinese medicine. Dr. Li is also an expert and conducts focused research on the active ingredients and quality control of Cordyceps, one of the most important herbal medicines of China and one of the most widely adulterated of species. Dr. Li has authored numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles on Cordyceps, and has also published on the quality control, bioassay, and bioactive compounds for various traditional Chinese medicines. Dr. Li is an Editorial board member for more than 20 Journals, Societies, and Associations. Presently Dr. Li is supervising research groups for postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and teaches undergraduate courses on the Quality Control and Development of New Drugs and Health Products.

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Zhang Yifang BSc, MSc

Dr. Zhang is a third-generation TCM medical doctor, following her grandfather and father. She received her BSc and MSc in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine University, Nanjing, PPRC. From 1986-1990 she lectured in Chinese medicine at Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine University. From 1990-95 Dr. Zhang taught Chinese dietetic therapy in Reading, United Kingdom where she also practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine and was a member of the TCM association for scientists (UK). In 1995 Dr, Zhang became Professor of Chinese medicine at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, PPRC, while also maintaining a private TCM practice in Shanghai. Dr. Zhang, also practiced at the Jiangsu TCM Hospital while supervising overseas students at teaching hospitals in Shanghai. In 1999 she practiced and lectured at the Meridian Institute, Monterey, California and at the European Shiatsu School, UK.  Dr. Zhang continues to teach and practice in Shanghai and specializes in treating allergies, pain, chronic fatigue, depression, and women's health and also focuses on acupuncture, herbal medicine, constitutional diagnosis, and dietetics. Dr. Zhang has also served as a consultant to domestic and international companies on various aspects of Chinese medicine.

Zhao Zhongzhen PhD
School of Chinese Medicine
Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong, PPRC

Professor Zhang received his BS Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982, his MS from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985, and his PhD from Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science in 1992. He has served as Research Assistant for the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been a visiting Scholar at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science, and lecturer then Associate Professor at China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Professor Zhang currently serves as Professor and Course Director for the BPharm program at the School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. Professor Zhang is one of the world’s leading authorities on the authentication and quality assessment of traditional Chinese drugs and has published extensively on these subjects. He is an International Advisor Board Member and Member of the Chinese Medicines Board of Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong and Member and International advisor of HKSAR Department of Health, Scientific Committee on HK Chinese Materia Medica Standards. Professor Zhang’s previous honors include recipient of the National Scientific Progress Prize awarded by the Committee of Chinese Science and Technology, 1991; National Outstanding Scientist awarded by China Ministry of Labor, 1992; and Outstanding Yang Scientist awarded by China Ministry of Public Health, 1994.

Ayurveda

Prashanti de Jager, M.S.
Organic India and Pacific Center of Ayurveda

Prashanti de Jager received his M.S. from the University of Michigan and was on a Ph.D. track in Biophysics when he went to India to study Ethnopharmacology ‘hands-on’ with indigenous tribes and healers.  In 1990, to support his clinical practice there, he founded an herb company that has since transformed over 2000 farms to certified Organic and certified
Biodynamic status and has trained over 25,000 tribals in sustainable wildcrafting and in 2005 won the “Most Socially Responsible Business Award” in the Natural Products Industry.  Besides his continued work with Organic India, Prashanti also is on the editorial board of “Light on Ayurveda
Journal,” has written many articles on herbs and Vedic topics for magazines, lectures widely including being on the staffs of the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda and The Vedic Vidya Institute, has written several books on Vedic healing topics, consulted and formulated for several herb and cosmetic
companies and has a private clinical practice based on Vedic sciences.

 

Dr. Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician
The Ayurvedic Institute
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dr. Lad graduated with a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the University of Pune, India, in 1968 and received a Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) in 1980 from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, also in Pune. Dr. Lad brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune and was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine where he was an instructor for more than a decade. Dr. Lad’s training includes the study of allopathic medicine and surgery. He founded the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1984 and currently is its Director and principal instructor. Dr. Lad is the author of several books and is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda.

 

Dr. Pulok K. Mukherjee, M.Pharm., PhD., FIC
Director School of Natural Product Studies
Jadavpur University, Kolkata India

Dr. Mukherjee is presently working as Acting Director, School of Natural Product Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, exploring quality, safety, efficacy and regulations. He received his M. Pharm and PhD from Jadavpur University and completed his post doctoral research from Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research, The Netherlands.  He is continuing his research in the field of Natural Health Products [NHP] based on screening, evaluation, formulation and standardization of herbal drugs and allied approaches. He has to his credit more than 80 publications in peer reviewed journals, several patents and books on evaluation of botanicals.
He has received numerous awards; The Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship from Association of Commonwealth Universities [ACU], UK; Career Award for Young Teacher from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Govt. of India; BOYSCAST Fellowship from Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India; Young Pharmacy Teacher Award from Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India; IPA Fellowship Award from the Indian Pharmaceutical Association [IPA] to name a few.  Dr Mukherjee serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethno pharmacology, a member of the editorial board of Phytotherapy Research, J Oriental Pharmacy & Experimental Medicine, Indian J. Traditional Knowledge, J. Natural Remedies, J. Pharmaceutical Education, and J. Pharmaceutical Research .

 

Vikram Naharwar, PhD
Director, Amsar Private Limited

Dr. Naharwar is a third-generation herbalist. For 15 years he has been the Director of India’s first private-sector R&D laboratory, which has been recognized by the Department of Scientific Industrial Research of India. He participated in the System of Conferences on Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Vienna, 1997, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Dr. Naharwar is the Chief Scientific Officer at Integrated Clinical Research Sciences, an Indian CRO that has conducted clinical trials for global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Aventis, GSK, and Panacea Biotech.. In 2001 he was nominated by the Central Drug Laboratory, Government of India, to the sub-committee of the Official Indian Pharmacopoeia. He has authored numerous articles on herbal medicines, including the Official Indian Pharmacopoeia monographs, and is a member of the review committee of the Indian Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Dr Naharwar has researched extensively on phytochemicals and herbal medicines. His products have been clinically investigated and showed proof of pharmacological activity. Dr. Naharwar is working with FONDEF, an initiative of the Chilean government, in a joint research  program to investigate botanical ingredients as anti-viral agents.

 

Medical Herbalists

Kerry Bone, BSc (Hons), Dip Phyto, FNIMH, FNHAA, MCPP
Director of Research & Development MediHerb Inc.,

A medical herbalist practicing in Queensland, over 20 years, Australia, Kerry Bone is the co-author of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. He is director of research and development for MediHerb, Inc. He is also an experienced research and industrial chemist, who graduated with first class honours from Melbourne University and won the Masson Memorial Prize as Australia’s top chemistry student. He studied herbal medicine at the renowned School of Phytotherapy in the UK, and graduated with distinction in 1983. From 1985 to 1992, Kerry was a senior lecturer in herbal medicine at the Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture and Natural Medicine and then the Australian College of Natural Medicine.
Since 1994 he has been a frequent guest lecturer at the UK School of Phytotherapy. Kerry is a Fellow of both the National Herbalists Association of Australia and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK). He has been appointed adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Health at the University of New England effective from the beginning of 2004.His new collaboration with Simon Mills The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety has recently been published.

Amanda McQuade Crawford, BA, DipPhyto, MNIMH, MNZAMH, RH (AHG)

A professor, author and TV host for "What a Relief" teaching viewers about natural herbal treatments for common everyday ailments, Amanda is also noted for her exploration of traditional herbal remedies in remote areas of the world.  On her own volition, she has traveled to and learned from licensed physicians and folk healers in places including South America, Europe, New Zealand, and Scotland's Findhorn Ecovillage,an experimental community in sustainable development. Under the World Health Organization, Amanda organized a two-month exploration of herbal medicine in the People's Republic of China. McQuade Crawford has a degree inphytotherapy (herbal medicine) from Britain's College of Phytotherapy.  She was elected a member of the National Institue of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) in 1986, and is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild.
Amanda also helped develop Solixir, a line of botanical beverages that contain standardized herbs. Amanda is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and serves as faculty and Associate Director, United States, for the International College of Herbal Medicine.
Currently, Amanda is Distinguished Lecturer for Tai Sophia Institute. She has also lectured at numerous North American schools, from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington

Aviva Romm, MD, RH, CPMA

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