Kevin Spelman


Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP, is the principle scientist for HerbPharm, directing their research and development laboratory. Most recently he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, core faculty at the Tai Sophia Institute, and a past Marie Curie Research Fellow in the European Union. Spelman has practiced western phytotherapy, informed by the Ayurvedic system, western herbalism, and modern physiology, since 1989 and was a cofounder of the first master of science degree in clinical herbal medicine, as well as a founding faculty member of the first bachelor of science degree in botanical medicine in the United States. Past research has included the molecular biology of brain and ovarian cancer, clinical investigations and chemical studies on the bioactivity of medicinal plants, phytocannabinoid binding to CB receptors, and in vitro work on the immunological activity of medicinal plants. International research has included analyzing nutrient levels in women of early childbearing age in West Africa, working with children with neurological disorders in Central America, and researching medicinal plants active against malaria in Paris. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy in the United Kingdom.