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Medicine Hunter Partners & Allies
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“You know the expression, ‘It's not personal; it's business.’ We sneer at such rot. All business is personal, all the time.” – Chris Kilham, Ode Magazine

At Medicine Hunter, we believe that trade in medicinal plants, when conducted well and ethically, can result in a cascade of benefits.

In order to promote trade effectively, we work with companies to investigate medicinal plants, and to develop and market plant-based remedies. Partner Companies provide funding for field research, they develop products, and they provide Chris Kilham with direct access to influential companies worldwide.

People go about investigating and promoting medicinal plants in many different ways. Some individuals dedicate their careers to cataloging an ever greater number of plants, collecting specimens, building up plant libraries, and publishing papers on new plants. Some devote decades to studying the compounds in plants, and learning about the biological activities of those compounds.

At Medicine Hunter, we borrow from the work of all types of medicinal plant researchers, and focus on promoting trade between people in the field worldwide, and companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Partner companies play critically important roles in this process. From exportation to extraction to encapsulating an herb into a retail product, partner companies are all part of what is known as the chain of trade. This chain gets a plant from the field to a finished product. Our partner companies include numerous traders, one of the world’s largest extraction companies, finished product manufacturers, and the media.

When Chris Kilham identifies a candidate plant suitable for trade, this sets in motion a series of events that usually lead to a botanical becoming more widely available and popular in the marketplace. To accomplish this requires the support, talent and ingenuity of many people in many different sectors of trade. These companies make safe, healthful, effective plant-based medicines available to an ever-expanding range of people. Sustainable trade benefits the natural environment, and aids conservation of natural resources. Trade in medicinal plants can result in improved economic conditions for native people in countries spanning the globe. Our partner companies help to make all of this possible.