This is not a list of herbalists to acquire services from (even though some may offer that). This is a list of herbalists who have gone far in their studies and there is much we can learn from them. We use the term herbalist by convention but it’s not the best fitting term as many forms of healing and wisdom do not require herbs and herbs are only one part of the tool kit of a healer.
Also consider visiting our notable healers section of the Ecoja forums.
This list is in alphabetical order by last name:
Kathy Abascal, BS, JD, Herbalist RH (AHG) is an excellent and precise writer with an unique academic background for a herbalist. She graduated with a degree in neurobiology with a minor in biochemistry and French from the University of California at Berkeley. She went to Michael Moore’s botanical school in both New Mexico and Arizona and would go on to co-author the textbook, Clinical Botanical Medicine and write the excellent book Herbs and Influenza: how herbs used in the 1918 flu pandemic can be effective today. You can view a list of her publications on her website.
Vaidya Madhu Bajra Bajracharya
Vaidya Madhu Bajra Bajracharya operates an Ayurvedic clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal that has been serving the community for over 700 years from generation to generation within this family. This clinic is thought to be perhaps the most authentic example we have of the practice of Ayurveda. There is a lot of extremely valueable unpublished material written by the late Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracharya that hopefully will come into publication. Do see the websites for more information.
Paul Bergner has been intensively involved in medical herbology for decades starting in the early 1970s. His clinical and teaching experience is vast and he founded the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and is the editor of the Medical Herbalism Journal. Paul has studied many of the traditional systems of health and he advocates for a rigorous, thoughtful approach to understanding these systems that includes critical thinking and scientific methodology. Paul’s writings are deeply informative and a pleasure to read.
Todd Caldecott is a Canadian herbalist best known for his deep knowledge of Ayurveda and for writing what many consider to be the best English language textbook on Ayurveda. Todd is a multidisciplinary practitioner who draws from many of the traditional systems of healing along with modern findings in nutritional research and the health sciences. His recent book Food as Medicine has been well received as has the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine which he founded. Todd has a knack for tackling complex health issues and getting to the source of the problem. His books, articles, videos, and posts are well worth checking out by new and veteran herbalists alike.
We have a forum thread about Todd Caldecott.
Dr. James (Jim) Duke
Dr. James A. Duke, PhD, Ethnobotanist, PhD in Botany is known for his ethnobotanical and phytochemical database amongst other significant contributions. He had a lengthy career at the USDA and his work in ethnobotany, medical botany, and other areas are esteemed. His knowledge of ethnic medicines is comprehensive as he has tirelessly studied a vast array of ecologies. Dr. Duke has authored numerous publications and books, including The Green Pharmacy.
Dr. Christopher Hobbs
Dr. Hobbs has decades of experience with herbs and is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild. His Ph.D. is in phylogenetics, evolutionary biology and phytochemistry and he has authored many books. Do read his short biography to understand better his foundation in health and herbs.
David is a well known herbalist, ecologist and educator and is also a co-founder of the American Herbalists Guild as well as being their first president. He has decades of experience and has authored 17 books. His material is well worth looking into.
Henriette Kress is a herbalist who lives in Helsinki, Finland. She is known for her large website Henriette’s Herbal Homepage that is wealth of useful healing knowledge and one of the oldest herbal websites on the internet. Henriette attended the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine starting in 1998. We’ve always enjoyed Henriette’s contributions to mailing lists and online groups for both their wisdom and utility. Do visit her website for yourself as we cannot do it justice with words.
Jim Mcdonald is a self-taught American herbalist who is rooted in eclectic and physiomedical practices which he has artfully combined with his many other explorations into the healing arts. His website is a wonderful resource and extensive index of many of the great articles to learn from on the internet. We are very happy to see that Jim has been teaching and writing educational material as he is especially talented at expressing the qualitative side of botanical medicine.
(1941 – 2009)
Michael Moore was a well loved and appreciated herbalist known for his humour and deeply impressive knowledge of herbology and physiology. Some have called him the godfather of American herbalism as he was known for reviving American Herbalism and the works of the electics and physiomedicalists in particular.
“Flippant, erudite, prone to wandering up verbal alleyways, sometimes folksy, sometimes over-intellectual, sometimes vulgar, sometimes painstakingly precise…how is one supposed to explain oneself anyway?”
Michael authored several books, ran an esteemed website, and founded the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine (SWSBM).
We have a forum thread about Michael Moore.
Robert Rogers is a Canadian herbalist who after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany went on to study planet medicine from native elders . Robert has spent four decades studying plant medicine and two decades practicing clinically. He has authored several books, the most well known of which is The Fungal Pharmacy. Robert presently teaches herbal medicine at Grant MacEwan University and the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. He is also an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at University of Alberta. Robert is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and on the editorial board of the International Journal for Medicinal Mushrooms.
Jonathan Treasure is educated in both the biomedical sciences and Western herbal medicine and is best known for his work in cancer, herb-drug interactions, and cannabis. He was a contributing author to the book Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies and more recently has released the book Cannabis and Cancer: Cannabis in Context.
We have often appreciated Jonathan’s well researched and thoughtful writings on herbal subjects.
Terry Willard, Ph.D. founded the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in 1975 and remains active to this day. Doctor Willard has decades of experience as a clinical herbalist and educator and is the President of the Alberta Association of Herbal Practitioners. Doctor Willard currently resides in Alberta, Canada on an organic herb farm.
David Winston is a well known herbalist who is rooted in the Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal medicine traditions. His herbal practice started in 1976 and he is the founder and director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library as well as a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild. He has authored numerous books, articles, and research papers and operates David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies as well the Herbalist and Alchemist company.
Dr. Eric Yarnell graduated from Bastyr University in 1996. He is presently a core faculty member in the Department of Botanical Medicine and a clinical supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and he has specialized in gastroenterology, urology and men’s health. Dr. Yarnell has authored several books including the highly recommended Phytochemistry and Pharmacology for Practitioners of Botanical Medicine. You can view a list of books that Dr. Yarnell has written, edited, or contributed to here.