Chinese Dietary Therapy 

This is a diploma course will give you an in-depth understanding of Chinese dietary principles and a better understanding of food, which will enable you to give better dietary advice to your patients.  This course is suitable for acupuncturists and others with a background in Chinese medicine, 3rd year acupuncture and herbal students. 

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.  On the course you will learn:

  • the general principles of healthy eating in Chinese dietary therapy and how these relate to modern living 
  • about the digestive system in Western nutritional theory, including the microbiome
  • about the role of the microbiome from a TCM perspective and how the Spleen is at the centre
  • the energetics and nature of food and drink using five flavours, four qi, direction of foods and channels entered 
  • the different food types - grains, fruits, pulses, vegetables, herbs, meat, fish and their effect on the various pathologies
  • 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 
  • about 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 Chinese dietary theory and how to understand food in terms of taste, temperature and nature.  You will cover other aspects of yangsheng (such as qigong and sleep hygiene) as well as Western nutritional theory there is an option of some practical days of preparing and enjoying food. 

Entry requirements  qualification in acupuncture or qualified herbalists, also 3rd year acupuncture or Chinese herbal students. 

More details to be published shortly regarding fees and dates






Course leaders 


Greg Lampert has been in practice since 1989. His interest in Chinese Medicine began after some life changing acupuncture treatment a few years earlier. At this point he studied holistic nutrition and immersed himself in Chinese medicine.  Greg has been working in various roles at the college since its inception in 1993.  He was involved in setting up the college’s first herbal and pre-prepared patent remedies course with John Hicks. He has a strong affinity with the energetics of foods and has co written a book called Chinese Dietary Wisdom. In Greg’s spare time he is generally somewhere near the kitchen. 



Danny Blyth loves to integrate nutrition, qigong and yangsheng into his acupuncture and herbal medicine clinic. Danny has taught many aspects of Chinese Medicine at CICM since 2001, co-authored Chinese Dietary Wisdom (essentially the handouts and recipes of nutrition days that Greg and Danny have taught for many years), and is a level seven (fortitude master) teacher of practical tai chi chuan and qigong.  His days off are spent chopping vegetables and wandering the Cotswold hills. 


Guest lecturers 

Kate Dimmer is a Cheltenham-based registered nutritional therapist with an MSc in Nutritional Therapy from University of Worcester. She is a member of BANT (the professional body for Nutritional Therapists) and CNHC, (a regulatory body established by the government). Using scientific research and clinical practice, Kate provides one to one nutrition and lifestyle advice to clients with a range of health issues and has a particular interest in gut health.  As a mum of two, Kate understands the importance of realistic, practical and achievable diet and lifestyle changes that can be sustained.  Kate’s background is in teaching and she has a BA(Ed) (Hons) degree from University of Reading.


Daverick Leggett is the author of Recipes for Self Healing and Helping Ourselves, both of which have become seminal works for practitioners, students and clients of Chinese Medicine. He is a frequent lecturer in nutrition at colleges throughout the UK.  Daverick is also a qigong teacher with thirty years experience.  He lives in Devon where much of his time is dedicated to growing food and managing land for conservation and biodiversity.


Alex Jacobs is qualified in all 5 therapies of Chinese medicine, practising acupuncture, herbal medicine and tuina Massage and teaches Chinese dietary therapy and qigong.  He became interested in Chinese medicine while studying Mandarin in Taiwan. His experiences there led him to develop a particular interest in yangshen and Chinese Medicine self-help.  In 2011 he founded the London Chinese Medicine meetup group where he teaches monthly classes to the public on how to take care of themselves with Chinese medicine.  He has also done research into the disease category, 'shan' and has a paper published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine.  He is the current president of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine for which he has also been the conference organiser for 8 years.