Roy Upton
Founder & Executive Director
Company (Other): 
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Chinese, Western and Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine and Formulations, Lecturer, Author


Roy Upton, RH, DAyu is the founder, executive director, and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP). 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, and NSF International.

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 is ferocious in defending our right to access herbal medicines and to see herbal medicine integrated into the fabric of both our homes and health care systems. In this regard, he has created a rare interface between the traditional herbalist community and federal regulators — a connection expertly represented in the AHP monographs.

In addition, Roy is the staff herbalist for the California-based herbal supplements company, Planetary Herbals, is a member of the Standards Committee of the American Herbal Products Association, and is an internationally recognized lecturer and author of numerous popular and peer-reviewed scientific publications.