Zoi Maraki

Course Director
BSc, Msc, MCCP, ANutr

Our Course Director Zoi became interested in herbal medicine after completing the Discovering Herbal Medicine course, whilst already being a registered nutritionist. She initially graduated with a BSc from Oxford Brookes University in Nutrition and Food Science and then went on to do an MSc in Sports Nutrition at the London Metropolitan University. She worked for three years as part-time lecturer at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Technological and Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Greece, before pursuing her interest in herbs and their medicinal properties.

Zoi qualified as a Medical Herbalist with a First Class Honours BSc in Western Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster. During her studies she has been awarded a number of prizes and awards including the Neal’s Yard Remedies Award and the Panacea Health Award for Materia Medica. Soon after obtaining her degree in herbal medicine, she joined Ann Walker at New Vitality Clinic in Earley, Berkshire, where she and Ann apply an integrated approach in treating various ailments with nutrition and herbal medicine.

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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.