The degree was awarded in recognition of “50 years of contributions to the herbal medicine field,” according to a press release.
“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.
The commencement program described the reasons for conferring the 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.”