Ann Walker

Course Director
PhD MNIMH MCPP RNutr

Ann retired from her post as Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition after 35 years at the University of Reading. She became interested in the medicinal uses of herbs, when her Late husband, Alan, who had chronic fatigue syndrome, successfully responded to treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine. While holding down her post at Reading, Ann undertook further training as a Herbal Practitioner.

She runs New Vitality Clinic from her home on two days a week, where she treats patients suffering from a wide variety of conditions, using an integrated approach with a combination of nutrition and herbal medicine. At the University of Reading she led clinical studies into the effects of nutrients and plant extracts for conditions as diverse as PMS, adverse menopausal symptoms, type II diabetes and hypertension. She is the author of several books on human nutrition and scientific papers. These days Ann devotes more time to her garden where she focuses on growing ornamental medicinal plants.

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British Herbal Medicine Association

Founded in 1964, the BHMA has been a leader in advancing the science and practice of herbal medicine in the UK and is regularly consulted by the Government. The membership includes manufacturers and suppliers of herbal medicines, practitioners, academics, pharmacists, students and others with herbal interests. The objectives of the BHMA include the encouragement of wider knowledge and recognition of the value of herbal medicine; one of its reasons for accrediting this course, 'Discovering Herbal Medicine'. For further information, see links on this page.

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Founded in 1864, the NIMH is the UK's largest professional body of herbal practitioners. Its objectives include the promotion of the benefits of herbal medicine and ensuring that its members are fully trained in its theory and practice. Before qualifying for admission, all members have at least 500 hours of clinical experience, and can be identified by designation "MNIMH'. They are fully insured and are able to treat a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions. For Further information, see links on this page.

College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy

The CPP was founded in 1993, mainly due to the enthusiasm of Hein Zeylstra (one of the originators of the DHM Course). All of its members are fully-qualified practitioners, who have met the same admission criteria as those for the NIMH, and use the designatory letters 'MCPP'. Although these societies have many common aims (practitioners often belong to both), all CPP members are committed to integrating the scientific understanding of herbal medicine into their practice. For further information, see links on this page.

European Herbal Practitioners Assosiation

Founded in 1994, the EHPA is the unifying body for all European associations of professional herbalists. As well as Western Herbal Medicine, traditions from China, India and Tibet are represented. In addition to fostering unity among the herbal professions, the EHPA is concerned with maintaining high standards of training and practice. Also, it plays a key role in monitoring and developing legislation relating to herbal medicines and their use. For further information, see links on this page.

The Herb Society

Founded in 1927, it was known as the Society of Herbalists until 1957. It played a key role in the development of herbalism in the UK, by keeping the tradition 'alive' whilst it was outlawed (until 1968) by the 1941 Pharmacy Act. The activities of the society now extend to promoting all aspects of herbs, including culinary, aromatic and cosmetics uses, as well as medicinal. Furthermore, it is a lay society whose only criterion for membership is an interest in almost anything herbal. For further information, see links on this page.