The New York Herb School - Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition founded by Professor Drew DiVittorio, offers professional certification programs in Classical Chinese Herbology (The Art of Healing with Herbs), and Oriental Dietetics (The Art of Healing with Food). You can join the full programs or just take individual classes. We also offer an online herb shop, a student clinic, cooking classes, wellness retreats, individual and group wellness programs.
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Food as Medicine: Healing with Whole Foods, Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms
This class will teach us how to use herbs, whole foods and medicinal mushrooms to build and balance our life-force energy, regenerate our internal organs, strengthen our immune system, and prevent disease. The topics covered will include: food cures for common ailments such as digestive and immune system disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, allergies, pain management, etc.;the effects of food on mood and emotional well-being: the extraordinary health benefits of mushrooms such as Reishi, Shitake and Maitake (and recipes to prepare and use them); the importance of seasonal eating in Asian medical traditions; healthy weight loss; longevity-promoting foods; detoxification; and much more. Drew will assess participants individually to help each of us design a personalized diet and herbal program.
A WEEKLY COURSE (3 sessions) Thursdays, September 19– October 3, 8–10pm 13FHN58T Members: $100 / Nonmembers: $115
Professional Certification as a Health Coach in the Traditional Chinese Healing Arts In 1977, My mother, Marian DiVittorio was diagnosed with breast cancer. After much anguish, she made the difficult decision to heal herself without pharmaceutical intervention. She began the "Gerson Program," and nutritional supplements, herbs, spiritual guidance, energy healing and dream work. My experience with food as medicine, the healing power of herbs and movement led me down the path to becoming a practitioner in the Traditional Chinese Healing Arts. I began this program 17 years ago at Norwalk Community College Extended Studies Division, then to the New York Open Center, and now I have partnered with the greatest teachers in Traditional Çhinese Medicine and the Taoist Healing Arts creating the most comprehensive Health Coaching Program today. The Five Element system of Chinese Medicine was developed by ancient sages who gave more attention to restoring the health of the b…
Confucius (551-479 B.C.) once said...'the path to your friend's heart and love goes from your cooking.' A Chinese proverb tells us that 'eating good food can bring harmony and closeness to the family and relationships.' In 625AD, the first Chinese Diet Classic was published by Sun Shu Mao a Chinese Physician, his book is entitled 'One Thousand Ounces of Gold Classics'. he created food cures for such conditions as thyroid issues, night blindness, liver diseases and much more. Many of these food cures and healing diets are still being used today. Macrobiotics and many of the modern healing diets that you are familiar with have all drawn from this ancient wisdom to heal disease in the modern clinic. The 5 - Month program was created with an accessible formatof classes meeting one weekend a month and includes both academic, online and clinical training in diagnosis, herbal and food protocols. The Five Element system of Chinese Medicine was developed by ancient sag…
The Role of the Spleen (Pi) in Traditional Chinese MedicineYin Organs Overview byBill SchoenbartandEllen Shefi
The spleen (pi), of all the organs in traditional Chinese medicine, bears the least resemblance to its Western counterpart. The latter deals primarily with production and destruction of red blood cells and storage of blood.
In traditional Chinese physiology, the spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and qi. Entire schools of medicine were formed around this organ; the premise