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

Professional Certification as a Health Coach in the 


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)

Fall Semester begins September 15 & 16 $500 Discount for Open Center Students

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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, four causes of disease, TCM terminology, energetic imbalances, and meridians. Also, discussion of Classical Chinese

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

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.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: MEDICAL QIGONG – Connecting with our Inner Healer The internal material arts coordinate slow movements with deep breathing and promote health by moving and strengthening the “qi” energy of the whole body, mind, and spirit. With practice, one understands the innate healing energy that exists within each of us. Qigong is recognized for helping to heal a wide variety of chronic health conditions by increasing strength, flexibility, balance, circulation, concentration and relaxation.

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 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 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 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 Hun Lun” theory of cold-induced disorders and the theory of Febrile Diseases including fire toxins – bacteria & viruses, the lungs in harmony and illness; 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

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 an 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 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, and excessive fear. Insecurity and poor growth and development. The function of tonic herbs for healthy aging, increasing energy and managing chronic illness also included.

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.

This introductory course teaches you simple, powerful skills to balance the body’s natural energies to ease physical pain. Touch for Health Kinesiology is a safe and practical touch-healing system that is a combination of the ancient Oriental principles of acupuncture and acupressure massage with recent western developments in health care.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: MEDICAL QIGONG – Connecting with our Inner Healer The internal material arts coordinate slow movements with deep breathing and promote health by moving and strengthening the”qi” energy of the whole body, mind, and spirit. With practice, one understands the innate healing energy that exists within each of us. Qigong is recognized for helping to heal a wide variety of chronic health conditions by increasing strength, flexibility, balance, circulation, concentration and relaxation.

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. There will be a small group discussion of each case study. Resources and opportunities for continued studies.


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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