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Introduction to Chinese dietary therapy (3 days)

Date(s): 21 - 11 October/November 2020

Time: 10am - 5 pm

Eligibility: 3-year qualification in acupuncture or qualified herbalists, also 2nd and 3rd year acupuncture and Chinese herbal students.

Venue: This is an online course

This is a three-day online course giving you an in-depth understanding of Chinese dietary principles, a better understanding of food, enabling you to give better dietary advice to your patients.  This course is suitable for acupuncturists and otherwith a background in Chinese medicine. 

Suitable nutritional support, together with other lifestyle changes, enables us to achieve better clinical results in our acupuncture practice and helps patients to really engage with achieving better health for themselves.  It also allows us to stay healthy as practitioners too.


  • The general principles of healthy eating in Chinese dietary therapy, and how these relate to modern living 
  • An introduction to the digestive system in Western nutritional theory, including the micro-biome
  • Understanding the spleen as the centre, and the role of the micro-biome from a TCM perspective 
  • Understanding the energetics and nature of food and drink using five flavours, four qi, direction of foods and channels entered.  
  • Understanding different food types - grains, fruits, pulses, vegetables, herbs, meat, fish and their effect on the various pathologies
  • Learning 20 culinary herbs and spices that can be used to help change the nature of our food and can be used alone as herbal teas 
  • An introduction to macro and micro-nutrients in Western nutritional theory  

There will be some homework to support the online lessons. You will be required to cook, reflect and evaluate the effects of your food and drink, and to try out some new recipes.  

This course teaches the building blocks of Chinese dietary theory, and how to understand food in terms of taste, temperature and nature.  It can be a standalone course, or can form the foundation of a year long part-time certificate in Chinese nutritional therapy.  Details of this course will be advertised shortly.  In this course we will look more deeply at Chinese dietary theory, cover other aspects of yangsheng (such as qigong and sleep hygiene), involve some practical days of preparing and enjoying food and delve more deeply into some useful Western nutritional theory. 

Entry requirements  3-year qualification in acupuncture or qualified herbalists, also 2nd year and 3rd year acupuncture and Chinese herbal students 

Contact Jo Vinall for bookings

Karen Starr for more questions about the year long course 


£300 for the 3 days paid in one instalment

Teaching is via zoom 


23 September 2020

21 October 2020

18 November 2020



Danny Blyth lives in the Cotswolds, and has practised Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tai Chi in Cheltenham since 1999. He teaches at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.

Greg Lampert lives in Oxford. He originally trained as a nutritionist before moving on to study Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in the late eighties. Now he practises and teaches at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.

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