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David Winston is an herbalist and ethnobotanist who, for the last 26 years has practiced herbal medicine in United States. He has over 35 years training in Cherokee medicine, Chinese medicine and the western Eclectic medicine traditions. In addition, David is a founding/professional member of the American Herbalists Guild[1] , for which he served three terms as a Board Member and is a founding member of United Plant Savers a nonprofit which seeks to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitats. [2] He serves as an adjunct professor at the Tai Sophia Institute and is the Dean of the Center for Herbal Studies [3] The term Herbalism refers to folk and traditional medicinal practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. ... An ethnobotanist is an ethnologist who studies relationships between people from various cultures and their plants. ... For other uses, see Cherokee (disambiguation). ... Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... The term eclectic applies to a branch of medicine which makes use of herbal remedies. ... The American Herbalists Guild is the only professional organization for herbalists of all traditions in the United States of America. ...



As a child David Winston developed a serious relationship with plants and started experimenting with taking them and observing their effects. As a teen he spent summers on the Cherokee Qualla Boundary reservation where his aunt and uncle instructed him in Nvoti or Cherokee medicine. He was treating people by age 17. He worked in health food store and as a chef for a period of time. In 1970 he moved to New York City where he studied with Dr. Eng, a doctor of Chinese Herbal Medicine. In 1976 he began study with western herbalist William LeSassier who developed the theory of Triune formulas and started university courses in physiology and pharmacognosy. He also studied with Dr. Christopher who was unique in being a nationally known herbalist in his generation, as well as with local healers. In 1976 he started his clinical practice. He currently practices as a Cherokee medicine priest which allows a combination of herbal and ceremonial medicine techniques. [4] The Qualla Boundary is essentially the reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. ... Pharmacognosy is the study of medicines from natural sources. ...

Botanical Medicine Library

David Winston has the largest private libraries of botanical medicine in the United States with extensive holdings with over 8,000 books and over 10,000 articles including Eclectic and Thomsonian Medicine, physiomedicalism, the history of medicine, Native American medicine, worldwide ethnobotany, pharmacy, pharmocognosy and economic botany. He owns the only company dealing exclusively with antiquarian herbal and medical books. [5] Eclecticism is an approach to thought that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions or conclusions, but instead draws upon multiple theories to gain complementary insights into phenomena, or applies only certain theories in particular cases. ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, Amerindians, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ...

Herbal Manufacturing

Winston founded Herbalist and Alchemist, an herbal tincture firm known for spagyric alchemical processing of herbs. Unlike most commercially available herbal tinctures, the alchemically processed herbs have mineral constituents reduced to ash from the marc added back after filtration. Herbalist and Alchemist does not standardize their herbal products as Winston point out that standardization has not been standardized yet. Different companies use different markers, or different levels of the same markers, or different methods of testing for marker compounds. He also points out that whenever different compounds are chosen as "active ingredients" for different herbs, there is a chance that suppliers will get a substandard batch (low on the chemical markers) and mix it with a batch higher in the desired marker to compensate for the difference.[6] Spagyric Pharmacy, sometimes called Herbal Alchemy is the production of herbal medicine by use of a solvent like wine or distilled alcohol. ... The Alchemist. ... Standardization, in the context related to technologies and industries, is the process of establishing a technical standard among competing entities in a market, where this will bring benefits without hurting competition. ...


Over the last three decades David Winston has lectured widely in classes and conferences including the American Herbalists Guild Conference, Medicines from the Earth, The Southwest Conference of Botanical Medicine, the International Herb Symposium, United Plant Savers, the Green Nations' Gathering, the Natural Products Expo, the Blue Ridge School, and the New York Open Center. Major schools where he has lectured include the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) Continuing Education in York, England, Bastyr University in Bellingham, WA, the University of Medicine & Dentistry (UMDNJ)in Newark, NJ, George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC, Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver BC, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, NY, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, and Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD (adjunct professor, M.S. program), [7]

His company, Herbal Therapeutics, Inc, runs his library, his consulting entity, and his school. The 'David Winston Center for Herbal Studies, which trains experienced herbalists and medical personnel in the use of herbal medicines, using over 300 plants taken from Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Cherokee, Eclectic and European herbal traditions, with subtle differentiation between species and uses. His philosophy is to use plants from various traditions, analyzed in a way that allows him to construct formulas based on Cherokee, Triune, Chinese or other traditions that match the individual, rather than using herbs stereotyped for a specific disease. This is a kind of constitutional medicine that puts the strengths and weaknesses of a patient at the center of the analysis rather than the named disease, and is common to most traditional herbal medicine traditions. He has trained over three thousand herbalists over the last 25 years. A number of the leading younger herbalists in the United States today were trained in his methodology and he has taught in other countries as well. Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... Shirodhara, one of the techniques of Ayurveda Ayurveda (Devanagari: ) or Ayurvedic medicine is a practice in use primarily in the Indian subcontinent, which advocates argue assists with health and healing. ...


  • 2007, Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief (with Steven Maimes)
  • 2006, Cancer: Its Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment (With Earl Yarnel and Eli Jones)
  • 2003, Herbal Therapeutics: Specific Indications for Herbs & Herbal Formulas
  • 2001, Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach (with Merrily Kuhn)
  • 1999, Saw Palmetto for Men & Women: Herbal Healing for the Prostate, Urinary Tract, Immune System and More (Medicinal Herb Guide)]]
  • 1992, Nvoti Cherokee Medicine and Ethnobotany in American Herbalism edited by Michael Tierra Crossings Press

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  1. ^ http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com
  2. ^ http://unitedplantsavers.org/
  3. ^ http://www.tai.edu/about/index.html
  4. ^ "Nature's Path"/>http://www.herbaltherapeutics.net/Interview.pdf>
  5. ^ http://www.herbaltherapeutics.net/consulting.htm
  6. ^ http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/growth-storage/
  7. ^ http://www.herbalstudies.org/dwchs/classroom/UpcomingEvents/tabid/199/Default.aspx

See also

Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... Shirodhara, one of the techniques of Ayurveda Ayurveda (Devanagari: ) or Ayurvedic medicine is a practice in use primarily in the Indian subcontinent, which advocates argue assists with health and healing. ... The term eclectic applies to a branch of medicine which makes use of herbal remedies. ... Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. ... Pharmacognosy is the study of medicines from natural sources. ... Pinguicula grandiflora Botany is the scientific study of plantlife. ... Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between plants and people: Fromethno - study of people and botany - study of plants. ...

External links

  • [1] - 'David Winston Center for Herbal Studies'
  • [2] - 'Herbal Therapeutics'
  • [3] interview For Nature’s Path – The Quarterly Journal of The Association of Master Herbalists [4]by Gina Carrington & Kelly Holden
  • [5]United Plant Savers
  • [6]American Herbalists Guild



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