Thomas Avery Garran has been studying plant medicine for over 30 years. He has lived in China since 2008 and received his PhD in Materia Medica studies and Plant Pharmacy at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing: National Center for Materia Medica Resources and Daodi Herbs (the first non-Chinese recipient of this degree). He has a masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and certificate in herbal medicine from the American School of Herbalism. Thomas is the author of 2 books on the use of Western herbs in Chinese medicine (2008, 2014). He is the translator (with annotation) of the first book on growing and processing daodi Chinese herbs (2019) and the first men’s health book published in Chinese medicine (mid-17th century) ~ forthcoming. He is also the co-translator of a free ebook on the initial response to the covid outbreak by the Chinese medicine community in China.