New York Herb School - Traditional Chinese Healing Arts. The Art of Healing with Herbs & Food.

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 √áhinese 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 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. 

     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.


 Health Coaching Certification Program

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

     Our program in Classical Chinese Herbology and the Taoist Healing Arts 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 healthcare 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 healthcare practice.

The Certification Program Modules 

You can take individual classes or join the full program.

Theory, Philosophy & Diagnosis

1.The Principles and Practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine
2.The Tao Basics - Taoist Healing Practices and Theory. The 5- Elements, The Tao of Sexual Wisdom.
3.Diagnosis - The intense study of signs and symptoms. (Pulse, tongue, face, and eye reading, 5- Element diagnostic patterns, and symptoms of the organ systems.

5-Element Nutrition & Food Cures

1.The study of the healing properties of food based on Chinese Medicine
2.The study of 4 temperatures of food and the 5 tastes
3.How to create a personalized diet program based the signs and symptoms of your client.
4.Cooking Classes - recipes for the 5-Elements, Food Cures for specific ailments, seasonal cooking, and recipes to support chronic illness.
5.Learn to create and run a successful Detoxification Program
6.Learn the latest plant medicine trends, Macrobiotic, the Gerson Program, Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Free, Vegan, Juicing and Sports Performance.

Classical Chinese Herbology

1.The study of 300 single herbs as they relate to the 5-elements
2.The study of 90 classical patent herbal formulas commonly used in the modern clinic
3.The biochemical and physiology of the 5-Elements
4.The modern research of each herbal formula will be discussed.

Rounds - The Student Clinic

1.80 hours of Student Clinic The school curriculum offers a hands-on clinic every weekend that we meet. You will be working with 80 different clients learning to diagnosis and the art of creating a treatment strategy which includes, foods, herbs, and tai qi and qi kung.

Internal Exercises Certification

1.Our program offers an assistant teaching certificate in the Tao of Internal Exercises. You will learn Tai Qi, Qi Kung and the 6 Healing Sounds to support the healing process.

Other Offerings

1.Herbal Medicine making class; learn to make tinctures, topicals, and herbal tea.
2.Field Trips: Mushroom foraging, herb walks, botanical gardens, etc.
3.Herbal Retreat in the Bahamas

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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 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.

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.

Tuition: $3250, 10% discount if paid early (use the contact form for more information) Deposit: $500 to hold your seat. (non-refundable)

Spring Semester begins April 28th $500 Discount for Open Center Students


Teaching Staff

Drew William DiVittorio - Founder/Primary Instructor

Drew DiVittorio is a nutritional consultant who maintains a private practice in Chinese Medicine and the Taoist Healing Arts. He is currently the founder and primary instructor at the New York Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition, a one-year professional training program in classical Chinese herbology and nutrition. Drew was an adjunct associate professor at the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute for 10 years, is currently on the teaching staff at the New York Open Center, and teaches in the Green Medicine program. He lectures nationally on nutrition and Chinese medicine and has been featured on Good Day New York, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Alive & Wellness with Carol Martin. Drew is also a popular speaker at colleges, hospitals, senior communities, and Fortune 500 companies. His speaking credits include Xymogen, Metagenics, New York University, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Medical College, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Ronald McDonald House and Gilda’s Club.

Richard Anton Diaz - Founder/Primary Instructor

Richard Anton Diaz the Director and co-founder of the Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Academy. He is a certified teacher and educator in the Universal Tao system founded by Master Mantak Chia and is also a certified with the Trinity School of Natural Health as a Professional Health Coach and Practitioner. Additionally, he is the North American representative for Alphay, a Chinese-based world leader in organic medicinal mushrooms that are formulated in the 5 Element system of traditional Chinese medicine.
Anton provides the basic QiQong and Tai Chi practices as well as the Taoist healing arts training which include both Six Healing Sounds and Inner smile, the Microcosmic Orbit, s well as the solo Sexual Cultivation practices known as the Healing Love.

Ashley Sperber - Healthy Cooking Instructor
Ashley Sperber a holistic health coach and chef that inspires her clientele to achieve balance through mindful nourishment. In her NYC based practice, Ashley combines her skilled training along with her developed intuition to create personalized programs that facilitate her client’s transformations. Outside of her practice, she curates and hosts integrative workshops, plant-based cooking classes and wellness events utilizing her diverse breadth of healing modalities. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Hospitality Management at the University of New Hampshire, followed by her continued education at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. After receiving her certification in Holistic Health, she then acquired certifications in Aromatherapy at the NY Institute of Aromatherapy, and in Western Herbalism via the NY Open Center’s "Green Medicine" Herbal Certification Program .”
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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

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 the next semester. Some classes will be audiotaped with the instructor’s permission.

Call or email for an interview or for more information at or call us at 917-582-3739.

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