About the Author

David Kiefer sitting on a porch

David Kiefer, M.D., is a board-certified family physician with extensive experience in botanical and integrative medicine.  His research and teaching activities encompass both national and international universities and conferences, and he has a focus on Latin American ethnobotany and evidence-based herbal medicine. Dr. Kiefer has medical licenses in Washington, Arizona, and, his current residence, Wisconsin, where he is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Kiefer’s past work included teaching naturopathic medical students at Bastyr University in Seattle, and supervising family medicine residents at a homeless youth clinic. He completed a fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine.  Dr. Kiefer graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, and completed his residency training at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Dr. Kiefer’s experience in writing about herbal medicine is extensive. He was one of the authors of the National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs, and was the herbal medicine expert for 1000 Cures for 200 Ailments. His integrative medicine contributions to New Medicine by the publisher Doris Kindersley also emphasized herbal treatments. And, furthermore, in addition to dozens of scientific publications, he has book chapters focusing on herbal medicines for heartburn, sleep, and men’s health in well-known integrative medicine textbooks.

His personal and professional life has been a mission to explore the need for and effect of plants in the modern world, improving on the information about this topic in an otherwise confusing internet and retail marketplace. His efforts are centered on sharing his experience with herbal medicines that he has seen as extremely effective for many people and many conditions.