In the early 1990s, Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram was already an established botanical researcher and formulator in Europe. She returned to her homeland determined to research and categorize Vietnam’s health-promoting plants. She wanted to let the world know: the forests of Vietnam hold botanical treasures.
One day during her expeditions, Dr. Tram took a break at a small tea stand near Hue, Vietnam’s former Imperial capital. The tea seller told her about an herb that the Royal doctors once used. Dr. Tram followed the woman into the forest to see “The King’s Herb”—Crinum plants growing in the wild. Thus began a 24-year quest.