Fresh Maca, Peruvian Andes. Photo by: Chris Kilham

Medicinal Plant Science Resources

Health experts used to complain that there wasn’t enough science on herbs to give accurate recommendations on their uses and safety. Those days are long gone. Hundreds of thousand>s of scientific and medical papers and thousands of books have been written on herbal medicines. There is a huge body of science on medicinal plants. Every day a new article or study on medicinal plants is published somewhere. Here are a few links that will help you to learn more.

American Botanical Council

To stay informed about this field, the single best thing you can do is to become a member of the American Botanical Council (ABC). Based in Austin, Texas and founded by noted herbalist Mark Blumenthal, the American Botanical Council is the leader in providing current science on medicinal plants.


The US National Institutes of Health provides access to vast medical and scientific databases, all under the banner PubMed.gov. With PubMed you can plug in the name of an herb and instantly receive a list of scientific studies on that plant. PubMed is an extraordinary resource, of value to anyone who wants to really understand this field.

Dr James Duke’s Databases

If you are a researcher and want deep information about the compounds in medicinal plants and their bio-activity, check out Dr James Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. With a few minutes of grousing around, you’ll find a whole universe of remarkable in formation. And also, Dr. Duke's The Green Pharmacy is full of great science.

American Herbal Products Association

Zoe Gardner, the Herb Nerd, is author of the new American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Botanical Safety Handbook, 2nd Edition. Anybody who is serious about herbs and their health effects needs this exhaustively-researched, fastidiously produced volume. AHPA is not known for their excellent promotional efforts. For more information, read New Herbal Handbook Helps to Inform Health Care Professionals.

New Tribe

We are planning to expand on this page to include some of the other fine resources outside of Medicine Hunter, Inc. There really are some brilliant, hard-working people out there doing wonderful work, and we want you to know about them. Also, our NEW TRIBE includes some of the top sciences working specifically in this field, as well as related fields.