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Interviews with Our Elders – Roy Upton
Welcome to Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine’s Interviews with Our Elders series. Our goal is to celebrate those who are senior members in the herbal medicine community from any branch of herbal medicine. We also hope to offer our listeners a glance into our most recent history and have a better sense of the cogs that make the wheels move in this fascinating field we all love so much. We aim to be somewhat ethnographic, while also making for interesting listening.
Roy Upton, RH, DAyu is trained in traditional Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western herbalism, and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. His background includes extensive study with various Native American and non-Native herbalists, study in the ethnobotany of the United States Virgin Islands, and seven years of clinical practice, followed by a three-year clinical internship with Michael Tierra and training at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China, and training in Ayurveda at the College of Ayurveda, Mt. Madonna Institute. Roy is the executive director and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® and is also a member of the Standards Committee of the American Herbal Products Association. Both of these organizations are dedicated to developing industry-wide quality control standards for botanical supplements. Roy was also co-founder and past president the American Herbalists Guild, an organizations dedicated to advancing the education for student and professional herbalists.
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