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
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