New York Herb School - Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition. The Art of Healing with Herbs & Food.
The New York Herb School - Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Offers Two Professional Certification Programs. A 6-Month Certification Program in Oriental Dietetics (The Art of Healing with Food) and a 12 - Month Certification Program Classical Chinese Herbology (The Art of Healing with Herbs). You can join the full programs or just take individual classes.
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.
This is a foundational course in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine & Oriental Dietetics developed for health care practitioners and lay-students seeking to incorporate herbs into their clinical practice or daily life.
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.
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.
This program is designed to de-mystify Chinese herbalism for the western health care practitioner and give a working knowledge of terminology and protocols that can be successfully applied to complement their health care practice.
You can take individual classes or join the full program.
Requirements: 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)
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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.
Chinese herbal medicine is governed by the universal principles of balance and harmony expressed in The Tao. This weekend includes an overview of the history of Chinese Medicine and begins to familiarize students with the basic terms and concepts: Five Element Theory, “Qi “ (pronounced Chee) and the immune system, six divisions of Yin and Yang, 4 causes of disease, TCM terminology, energetic imbalances, and meridians. Also, discussion of Classical Chinese
DIAGNOSIS IN ORIENTAL MEDICINE
Herbology is the core of treatment in Chinese medicine and energetically, practitioners look beyond the symptoms of the disease to alleviate the underlying imbalance that caused the disease. Imbalances are determined by a non-invasive diagnostic system that includes tongue reading, pulse reading, facial observations, and health history evaluation. Students will gain a working familiarity with meridians and diagnostic points during a full day hands-on workshop on Sunday. Yin/Yang is the Way of heaven and earth, The fundamental principle of the myriad things, The father, and mother of change and transformation, The root of inception and destruction – Su Wen, Yellow Emperor’s Classic
SATURDAY: THE ELEMENTS OF CHINESE HERBS & FORMULAS – THE SCIENCE, ART & MYTH
The strength of Chinese herbal medicine is the concept of balance. In Chinese medicine, we learn to apply herbs according to their energetic effects on the body to help achieve balance. Using herbs energetically requires understanding the four energies, the five tastes and herb categories. During this “plant walk with slides” we will discuss chemical constituents; types of formulations; patent herbal medicines; dosages and contraindications for approximately 60 medicinal herbs.
THE FIVE ELEMENT DIET: FOOD AS MEDICINE
Balance in a diet is unique for each person and there is no one diet for everyone. Learn how to use whole foods “as medicine” to balance and regenerate internal organs and strengthen the immune system to help prevent disease. The Taoist way and the healing properties of whole foods, essentials of nutrition, food energetics, dietary guidelines, elimination diets, five phase cooking and specific foods for organ imbalances.
Note: Audit fee for this course is $300
THE EARTH ELEMENT: THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IN CHINESE MEDICINE
The spleen/pancreas is responsible for a variety of functions associated with digestion and the assimilation & transportation of foods, fluids and qi energy throughout the body. Herb and diet strategies for middle burner disharmonies: weak digestion, acid reflux, chronic tiredness, food sensitivities, anemia, blood sugar imbalances, irregular bowel patterns, detoxification, dampness imbalance, mucus, and microbes and their contribution to degenerative diseases
THE WOOD ELEMENT: LIVER SYSTEM IN CHINESE MEDICINE.
The liver stores blood and maintains the smooth flow of qi energy. Discussion includes the “harmonization theory” and common syndromes of the liver; symptoms of imbalances; formulas & diet strategies for nervous system disorders, allergies, blood disorders, anger, depression, aggression, menstrual irregularities, learning disabilities, alcoholism & addiction and the benefits and basics of a detoxification program.
THE METAL ELEMENT: RESPIRATORY SYSTEM & LARGE INTESTINE.
The Lungs control “qi,” taking the energy from the environment to feed the body. They control breath and assist the heart with the circulation of blood and energy. Breath regulates respiration, supports metabolism, and controls pulse. Discussion of the “Shan Haun Lun” theory of cold-induced disorders and the theory of Febrile Diseases including fire toxins – bacteria & viruses, the lungs in harmony and disease; inflammation, deficient lung qi, environmental allergies, bronchitis & asthma, the importance of breath; skin disorders, formulas, herbs & diet strategies to heal imbalances The forces of autumn create dryness in Heaven and metal on Earth; they create the lung organ and the skin upon the body…and the nose, and the white color, and the pungent flavor…the emotion grief, and the ability to make a weeping sound Inner –Classic
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE IN THE MODERN CLINIC:
From Menstruation to Menopause Chinese herbal theories and strategies for the changing seasons of a woman’s life that promote wellness and address specific health concerns including Inflammatory diseases, menstrual disorders, libido, infertility, pregnancy, and menopause. The imperial secrets of the Immortal Sisters of Taoism for optimizing vitality will be woven through this workshop.
PHARMACY: THE ELEMENTS OF HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING This is a hands-on workshop where the traditional preparation of herbal medicine is taught. Herbal medicine-making is a holistic art involving time-honored methods developed over the centuries into the processes used today involving both art and science. In this workshop we will learn the techniques for extracting the healing constituencies of plants in different menstruums; how to do a herb press; how to prepare herbal infusions and decoctions; how to make capsules, pills, poultices and healing salves for external application. We will explore many resources and gain hands-on experience in making our own herbal remedies.
THE WATER ELEMENT: KIDNEY SYSTEM IN CHINESE MEDICINE
The concept of kidneys goes beyond that of western physiology and includes the bones, marrow, hair, ears and adrenal glands. Also known as the root of life, this system is the storehouse of “qi” energy and the root of yin and yang. Common syndromes of the kidney system and some symptoms of imbalance: adrenal function, bone problems, ear infections, bladder infections, hormone imbalances, reproductive imbalances, premature aging, excessive fear. insecurity and poor growth and development. The function of tonic herbs for healthy aging, increasing energy and managing chronic illness also included.
THE FIRE ELEMENT: HEART SYSTEM IN CHINESE MEDICINE
Calming the Mind and Balancing the Spirit The heart governs the blood vessels and promotes the smooth circulation of blood throughout the body. It also houses the Spirit. The heart relies on other organs for its nourishment and energy, so the great majority of heart problems are caused by imbalances in other organ systems. Symptoms of heart-mind imbalances include loss of memory, poor circulation, confused speech, mental depression, anxiety and heart disease. Blood disorders affecting the heart and diet and herb strategies for healing imbalances included.
TOUCH FOR HEALTH:
ROUNDS: CASE STUDIES AND STUDENT CLINIC
Theory will be applied in the hands-on application of Chinese diagnostics. Practice, under supervision, differential diagnosis to assess health conditions, case taking and making practical herbal recommendations. Small group discussion of case studies. Resources and opportunities for continued studies.
- 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
BIOGRAPHIES OF INSTRUCTORS
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