Science & Research

Discover Plant Intelligence® through the window of science.

Sustaining Herbalism & Keeping Traditions Alive

Medicinal plants are steeped in history, and a resounding body of research supports the integral role they play in our complete well-being — mind, body, and soul. From East Indian Ayurvedic Medicine to Traditional Chinese Medicine to Traditional European Herbal Medicine, herbalism has played an important role in healing modalities across the globe. Bringing this traditional knowledge to modern consumers is a privilege that Gaia Herbs honors. We are deeply committed to ensuring that the practice of herbalism continues to thrive throughout the world.

Sourcing and Quality

There is so much to learn from Nature, and the Gaia Herbs Laboratory is our gateway to those lessons. Every ingredient in a Gaia Herbs product is screened and validated in our state-of-the-art onsite laboratory in Brevard, North Carolina.

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Certified B Corporation®

Gaia Herbs is proud to be a Certified B Corporation®, actively working to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Meet Our Scientific Advisory Board

Our Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of practitioners with decades of experience in integrative and holistic medicine.

Ellen Kamhi, PhD

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC, The Natural Nurse®, attended Rutgers and Cornell Universities, sat on the Panel of Traditional Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical School, and is a Medical School Instructor, teaching botanical pharmacology. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG-RH), and mentors those who are interested in becoming a Registered Herbalist. As a nationally board certified Holistic Nurse (AHN-BC), Dr. Kamhi offers CE Education Programs for licensed professionals, including RN, NP, RD, LMT, L.Ac., ND, and leads EcoTours for Cures for over 40 years, to experience ancient healing traditions around the world. Widely recognized as a leader in the herbal nutraceutical industry, she specializes in regulatory issues, formulation and product education. Ellen Kamhi is a prolific, author, presenter and radio show host, and delights in supporting our affinity and recognition of the importance of our interconnections on spiritual, physical and emotional levels, with our plant allies and the natural world.

Beverly Yates, ND

Dr. Beverly Yates, ND is a California licensed doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a 1994 graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and minored in bio-electrical engineering. Dr. Yates served as the lead supervising doctor for the first ever fully accredited Naturopathic and Integrative medical residency in the state of California. She is a governor appointee to California’s Naturopathic Medicine Committee, which regulates the Naturopathic medical profession on a state level. Dr. Yates serves as a National Media Representative for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, appearing as an expert in natural medicine on TV shows in select metropolitan areas. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for Schwabe North America, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for BSP Pharma, Inc. Recently, in response to Dr. Yates’ contributions to community health, she provided testimony for the Tri-Caucus of the California legislature concerning the growing impact of obesity and diabetes in communities of color around the state and the country. Her clinical practice is in Marin County, CA where she focuses on the use of natural medicines, supplements, botanical medicines, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, homeopathy and other plant-based, nature-derived solutions to chronic health problems.

Mary Bove, ND

Dr. Mary Bove brings more than 40 years of herbalism experience and 25 years of work as a naturopathic physician. Dr. Bove was previously the Director of Medical Education at Gaia Herbs before transitioning to her current role on the Scientific Advisory Board in 2019. Dr. Bove has worked closely with Gaia since the mid-1990s, imparting her wisdom and knowledge upon Gaia customers and retailers, Gaia Herbs team members and health-care professionals. Since starting her herbal journey at age 18, Dr. Mary Bove has held firm to three tenets: “Walk your talk, believe in the plants and practice herbalism every day in your life.” Plants have a way of drawing you in, she believes. Her expertise runs deep, and she shares it fervently and patiently. Dr. Bove trained in naturopathy both in the U.S. and Great Britain, after owning an herbal apothecary in her home state of Maine. She is the author of An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants and is co-author of Herbs for Women’s Health. As a midwife, Dr. Bove has been present at hundreds of homebirths, and her practice specialized in fertility and pediatric health. Her trailblazing work with herbal formulas for children led to her partnership with Gaia.

Michael Traub, ND

Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, CCH, FABNO graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1981. Since 1986, Dr. Traub has been Director of an integrative healthcare center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He is board certified in naturopathic oncology and homeopathy. Dr. Traub was the first naturopathic physician in contemporary times to be appointed to a hospital staff – North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) in 1996. From 2001-2003, Dr. Traub served as President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). In 2006 he was honored by the AANP as “Physician of the Year.” Dr. Traub has held numerous other leadership positions within the naturopathic profession, currently serving as Chairman of the Hawaii Board of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Traub’s research includes homeopathic growth factors in HIV and AIDS, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, integrative breast cancer treatment, Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria in Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes, Hypovitaminosis D, and Elderberry Extract for Prevention of Influenza. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium and was co-author of the “Final Report of the National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Finding Common Ground, 2001- 2002.” He currently serves as President of the Hawaii Consortium for Integrative Healthcare.

Tori Hudson, ND

Tori Hudson, ND, graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1984 and has since served the college in several capacities including: Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean and Academic Dean. She is currently a clinical professor at NCNM, Bastyr University and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Hudson has over 30 years of experience and expertise in women’s health utilizing nutrition, nutraceuticals, botanical medicines, bioidentical hormones and other therapies to treat all gynecological and primary care conditions in women. She serves as medical director of her clinic, “A Woman’s Time” in Portland, Oregon, and is also the Program Director for the Institute of Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine as well as the Director of Research, Development and Education for Vitanica. Dr. Hudson’s exemplary work in women’s health has earned her many prestigious awards including the President’s Award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for her research in women’s health, the Naturopathic Physician of the Year Award, the NCNM Alumni Pioneer Award, and the Natural Products Association 2009 Pioneer Award. She is a nationally recognized lecturer, author, researcher and clinician, and serves on several editorial boards and advisory panels. Her book, Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, 2008 edition is the leading resource on women’s health and natural medicine.

Wendy Warner, MD

Dr. Wendy Warner, MD, ABIHM is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as in integrative holistic medicine. She attended the University of Tennessee, Memphis medical school, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she was chief resident. She has also been the chair of the department of OB/GYN at two hospitals in suburban Philadelphia, and was the medical director of the Holistic Medicine Center at St Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. She is the founder and director of Medicine In Balance, LLC in suburban Philadelphia, where she provides integrative holistic women’s health services, as well as integrative medicine consultations for women, men and teens. She is a nationally known lecturer and teacher, and a past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). She has been on the board of directors of ABIHM for a decade, and has helped the organization certify thousands of physicians in integrative holistic medicine.