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Christopher Hobbs Ph.D., L.Ac., R.H.

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Dr. Christopher Hobbs, a 4th generation botanist and herbalist, has studied and worked with the medicinal uses of herbs for over 30 years. He is the author of the recent book “Christopher Hobbs’s Medicinal Mushrooms, the Essential Guide,” with German and English editions.

In that time, he has become an acknowledged expert in the field, lecturing all over the U.S., and internationally in such countries as Canada, Great Britain and Spain. Christopher’s specialties include herbs and the immune system; adaptogenic herbs, Native American uses of herbs, the pharmacology and chemistry of herbal medicines, herbs for the liver and the botany and taxonomy of herbs.

In 1984, Christopher founded Native Herb Co., dedicated to making high-quality liquid extracts from local plants and selected herbs from other cultures. This line is now marketed nationally through Rainbow Light. He is a consultant to the herb industry since 1985, and has worked with a number of herbal companies, including Nature’s Way and Rainbow Light.

Christopher has taught or lectured at universities and medical schools such as Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, John Bastyr College and the National School of Naturopathic Medicine; including on-going classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his acupuncture license in February 1995.

He has written 22 books on herbs and health, including the recent Peterson’s Field Guide to Medicinal Plants of the Western U.S. (with Steven Foster), and the mainstream Herbal Remedies for Dummies, and Vitamins for Dummies (with Elson Haas M.D.). Christopher has also written many articles in journals of botanical medicine and popular health magazines.

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