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16th to 24th June 2018


Herbal Medicine Week is an annual celebration of herbal medicine. Members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists hold events throughout the UK to raise awareness of the scope and benefits of herbal medicine. These include walks to help you identify medicines growing around you, and talks and workshops where you could learn to make some simple medicines or how herbal medicine can help improve your health.




The 154th Annual NIMH Conference

at The Queen Hotel in the historic city of Chester
12th - 13th October, 2018

"Evidence based medicine: Ancient Herbs - Learning from experience part 2"

The NIMH has held a conference on Herbal Medicine annually since 1864. The NIMH welcomes healthcare practitioners from all disciplines to the conference. We hope to see you there!

Conference Speakers – more information available shortly


Continuing professional development (CPD) lectures


Progressive Neurological Conditions

focusing on Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

Lyn Blythe  MNIMH

This one day seminar will focus on the nature of Neuro degenerative disease, the conventional medical approach and the approach of a neuro specialist physiotherapist and medical herbalist who has over thirty-five years of experience in the field.

Saturday 2nd June 2018

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The Search for Effective Pain Relief - Botanical and Nutritional Protocols

David Winston   RH (AHG)

 The focus of this seminar is to give the clinician the precise tools needed to manage pain with herbs by an internationally renowned herbalist who has over forty years of experience in the field.

The search for effective, safe and non-addictive pain medication is an age-old quest.  It is a topic of enormous relevance at present when the abuse of prescription opioids is much in the news. On the other hand, studies show many people especially the elderly, the poor, people of colour and women are under-treated for chronic pain. In this talk we will discuss and learn how to describe the types and nature of pain and the most effective combinations of herbs to treat pain syndromes. For too long we have believed a herbalists ability to relieve pain is limited or ineffective.  This is untrue once we stop using generic “pain" herbs and understand how we can help to manage pain with precision and specificity in our herb choices.


The seminar will cover:


  • how specific herbs can relieve specific types of pain
  • how to combine herbs to create a synergistic effect and reduce inflammation, pain perception and spasm
  • how botanicals can enhance the effects of pharmaceutical pain medications
  • how patients can reduce the dose of analgesics to limit adverse effects
  • herbal and nutritional protocols


The Speaker:


David Winston is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist trained in, Western/Eclectic, Chinese and South-eastern herbal traditions.  He is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA and Canada. The speaker is an author/contributing author to many publications including: the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief and Winston and Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements; A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, 2008.  He is also a member of the AHPA Expert Advisory Council that created the new edition of the Botanical Safety Handbook, CRC Press, published in 2013.


Friday 20th July 2018

7.00 – 9.15 p.m.

Registration from 6.30 p.m.


Room MAL 532

Birkbeck University of London

Malet St



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