The commencement program described the reasons for conferring this honorary degree: “David Winston, RH (AHG), is world-renowned for his contributions to the study of herbal medicine, ethnobotany and edible plants. He is distinguished for his long-term work in economic botany; ethnopharmacology; botanical medicine protocols and practice standards, including botanical safety; and professional leadership in the field of botanical medicine and medical herbalism. A founding member of the esteemed American Herbalists Guild (AHG), Mr. Winston is also widely respected in the naturopathic medicine field, as well as in Southeastern ethnobotanical, Chinese and Western herbal traditions. Highlights of his five-decade career include a sustained and successful clinical practice; herbal consultation to physicians, herbalists and researchers; the founding of the David Winston Center for Herbal Studies; founder and president of Herbalist & Alchemist Inc., a manufacturer of herbal products; and for his governance legacy at AHG.”
“Mr. Winston’s publication record is exemplary in the field: In addition to a wide array of contributing authorship publications and presentations at dozens of symposia, conferences and workshops throughout the years, he is the contributing author of American Herbalism (1992); author of Saw Palmetto for Men & Women (1999), and Herbal Therapeutics: Specific Indications for Herbal Formulas (2003 & 2014); co-author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief (2007 and 2019), and Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach (2008); and, as a member of the AHPA Expert Advisory Council, was instrumental in the creation of the new edition of the Botanical Safety Handbook (2013).”
“It was wonderful to spend time with you and to see what the cumulative impact on a life is of a blend including passion, conviction, altruism, curiosity, industriousness,” commented NUNM President David Schleich, PhD. “You have worked long and hard on such valuable things, David. It is perfect that NUNM can honor you and your work; it is long overdue. NUNM is thrilled to have you as an alumnus. You are a treasure in the natural medicine community.”
“We are all so proud and pleased to see David receive this significant recognition of his knowledge, experience and enduring impact,” said Herbalist & Alchemist CEO Beth Lambert.
Upon presentation of his diploma, Winston gave an inspirational speech to the new grads offering them words of wisdom as they begin their professional journey in the world of natural medicine.