New York Herb School - Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition. The Art of Healing with Herbs & Food.

New Semester Begins September 23rd 2017

The New York Herb School offers professional training programs in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine & Oriental Dietetics, developed for health care practitioners and lay-students seeking to incorporate herbs and healing foods into their clinical practice or daily lives.

Our program in Classical Chinese Herbology encourages people from all walks of life—medical professionals, laypeople, nutritionists, trainers, counselors, massage therapists and more—interested in improving their personal health and the health of their clients.


Moreover, our training programs were created with an accessible format of classes meeting one weekend a month and includes both academic, online and clinical training in diagnosis, food therapy, and herbal treatment.

If you are a health care professional our programs are designed to de-mystify Chinese Herbalism and Oriental Dietetics for the western practitioner and give a working knowledge of terminology and protocols that can be successfully applied to complement your health care practice.

This one-year program was created with an accessible format of classes meeting one weekend a month and includes both academic, online and clinical training in Oriental diagnosis and herbal treatment. The Five Element system of Chinese Medicine was developed by ancient sages who gave more attention to the health of the body and less attention to the treatment of disease.

The History

The sages of ancient times emphasized not the treatment of diseases, rather the prevention of its occurrence. To administer medicine to disease which has already developed is comparable to the behavior of one who begins to dig a well after he has become thirsty, would these actions not be too late? 
Su Wen, Yellow Emperor’s Classics.

The Five Element system of Chinese Medicine was developed by ancient sages who gave more attention to restoring the health of the body with herbs and healing foods and less attention to the treatment of disease. Their observations developed into a time-honored tradition of complete health care that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for well over 3,000 years. Many formulas and strategies have been verified by modern day scientific studies resulting in both interest and confusion surrounding the diagnostics and terminology unique to these teachings. 



80 Hours of Student Clinic

Herbal Mentorship Program

Cooking Classes

Tai Qi Intensive Training Program

Herbal Medicine Making Classes

Off-Campus Field Trips

You can take individual classes or join the full program.

 A strong interest Herbal Medicine and Healing.  A brief interview with one of the primary instructors is required before registering for the program. 

Tuition: $2900, 15% discount if paid early (use contact form for more information) Deposit: $500 to hold your seat. (non refundable)

$500 Discount For Open Center Students

12-weekend workshops:
 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Auditing with instructor’s permission is $300 per weekend. Please, e-mail(contact form in the navigation bar above) if you have any questions. Payment: payment options are available.

Refund Policy: A full refund, except the deposit, is given if notice of withdrawal is received prior to the first class. There are no refunds after classes begin and students are responsible for the full tuition. If you must be absent for a scheduled workshop there are no refunds. Make-ups are possible the next semester. It is possible to audit the class you missed in the next semester. Some classes will be audio taped with the instructor’s permission.

If you have questions about the program or require an interview with a primary instructor Contact: Drew DiVittorio (917-582-3739) or use the contact form. 

The Art of Healing with Foods:  5 Month Training Program.  ($950.00 – 10% discount if paid in full)
The Art of Healing with Herbal Medicine& Nutrition:  1 Year Training Program.
($2900 – 10% discount if paid in full )
($500 Discount for all who have taken one of my classes)

All Modules & Classes can be taken separately.

Modular I:  Theory ($375.00)
1.     Introduction to Classical Chinese Medicine & Taoism (1-day workshop - $125.00)
2.     Diagnosis:  Introduction to Signs and Symptoms (Pulse, Tongue reading Differential diagnosis according to the Zang Fu Theory) (2-day workshop - $250).

Modular II:  The Art of Healing with Food – Oriental Dietetics ($575.00)
1.     The Art of Healing With Food (1-day workshop - $125)
2.     Cooking Class #1 ( $100 - ½ day seminar – additional $50 paid to the instructor)
3.     Cooking Class #2 ( $100 - ½ day seminar – additional $50 paid to the instructor)
4.     Rounds - Student Clinic (2-day workshop - $250)

Modular lll: The Art of Healing with Herbs & Tea ($1750 - $250 per weekend) Each weekend will cover Chinese Medicine Theory as well as modern Nutritional. Eight Chinese Herbal Formulas, Western Herbs, and Teas will be discussed per element and a student clinic on Sunday afternoon.
1.     The Earth Element: The Spleen, Stomach & Muscles.  Digestion Issues: elimination & absorption, the metabolism, the immune system, and blood sugar issues.  ($250)
2.     The Wood Element:  The Liver, Gallbladder & the Nervous System. Detoxification, reproductive issues, heart disease, pain & distention.($250)
3.     The Water Element:  The Kidney, Bladder, Bones, Endocrine System & the Brain. Stress-induced disorder, memory, aging, sexual dysfunction, infertility, thyroid & bone loss.($250)
4.     The Metal Element: The Lungs, Large Intestine, the Skin & Lymph. Colds, Flu, infectious disease, asthma, allergies, all respiratory issues. ($250)
5.     The Heart Element: The Heart, Small Intestine, Vascular System, and the Emotions: Anxiety, sleep disorders, all psychology of illness.($250)
6.     Rounds - Student Clinic: (2-day workshop - $250)

Modular lV:  Electives: (1-day workshops - $150 – 1 elective to graduate from the 1-Year Program:
1.     Touch for Health – Kinesiology
2.     Herbal Medicine Making
3.    Guest Lecture

Required Text:

  • Healing With Whole Foods/ Paul Pitchford
  • Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
  • Formulas & Strategies/ Bensky & Barolet
  • Chinese Herbology Made Easy Maoshing Ni, C.A. (Diagnostic Text – TBA)
  • Optional: Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis/ KarschbaumOptional: 
  • Optional: The Great Tao/ Stephen Chang 
  • Optional: The Secret of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis/Flaws Eligibility



DREW DIVITTORIO, is the Founder of the Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition and has been practicing Chinese Herbology and the Taoist Healing Arts for over 20 years. He received his diploma in Oriental Medicine from the School of Classical Chinese Herbology in New York City. Drew was on the exam committee of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In addition to teaching his own students, Drew is part of the teaching staff at The New York Open Center and the University of Bridgeport. He maintains a private practice with offices in New York City and Connecticut.
Guest Lecturers TBA
Class of 2014 - Spring Semester