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licorce_rhizome.jpgCHINESE HERBALISM



Begins Spring 2015

March 29 – 30

Led by Drew DiVittorio

This is a foundational course in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine developed for health care practitioners seeking to incorporate herbs into their clinical practice. (Lay students who do not meet the requirements may be welcome in the program after interviewing with the primary instructor). The program includes both academic and clinical training in diagnosis and herbal treatment. Chinesecohosh.jpg Medicine was developed by ancient sages who gave more attention to the health of the body than 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 of its formulas and strategies have been verified by modern scientific studies resulting in both interest and confusion surrounding the diagnostics and teminology 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.

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This class will teach us how to use herbs, whole foods and medicinal mushrooms to build and balance our life-force energy, regenerate our internal organs, strengthen our immune system, and prevent disease. The topics covered will include: food cures for common ailments such as digestive and immune system disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, allergies, pain management, etc.; the effects of food on mood and emotional well-being; the extraordinary health benefits of mushrooms such as Reishi, Shitake and Maitake (and recipes to prepare and use them); the importance of seasonal eating in Asian medical traditions; healthy weight loss; and longevity-promoting foods and detoxification. Drew will assess participants individually to help each of us design a personalized diet and herbal program.

Free intro on Thursday, April 23, at 8pm.cord

(3 sessions) Thursdays, April 30–May 14, 8–10pm
Members: $105 / Nonmembers: $115

New York Open Center


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20 Best Benefits Of Cabbages For Skin, Hair And Health (via Style Craze)

Cabbages are important members of the brassica family which also includes broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. These are large, round and leafy vegetables that are believed to have originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. They are…

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Botanical Formula Destroys Treatment-Resistant Breast Cancer in Mice (via PR Newswire)

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A unique formula made from medicinal mushrooms, traditional Chinese herbs and other natural ingredients inhibits aggressive, human triple-negative breast cancer and breast-to-lung metastasis in…

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1 in 3 success rate for fertility herbs (via Education Post)

Fifty childless women who sought fertility treatment at Baptist University’s traditional Chinese medicine clinics are said to have been able to conceive naturally after six months’ treatment. They account for more than 30 per cent of the 145 local and…

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American Botanical Council Publishes Revolutionary Analysis Unlocking Mysteries of 500-Year-Old Manuscript (via PR Newswire)

American Botanical Council Logo. (PRNewsFoto/American Botanical Council) Authors Propose Unique New World Origins of Obscure Voynich Manuscript in HerbalGram AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the 100th issue of its quarterly…

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20 Amazing Health Benefits Of Ganoderma Mushrooms (via Style Craze)

We hear a lot about mushrooms but how many are aware of the fact that mushrooms too have a number of different forms! Have you ever heard of Ganoderma Lucidum mushroom? I’m sure most of you are unaware of this wonder mushroom. It contains more than…

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Are you in search of a powerful detoxifying agent that will cleanse your body and rejuvenate it? Your search ends right here! Burdock roots are packed with fabulous healing properties. It’s no wonder then that various European and Asian cuisine widely…

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Research is now backing up oriental and alternative medicine.  Sixty percent of MD’s practice some form of alternative medicine, whether meditation, nutrition, acupuncture, etc.  Doctors are now prescribing vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin c and other supplements and herbs for prevention or to help patients recover from chronic illnesses.

Different foods promote positive or negative reactions in your body.  One such example is Sulforaphane, a compound that was identified in broccoli sprouts by scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD

This compound helps the liver metabolizes bad estrogen. Watch a short preview of Drew teaching one of his classes where he speaks about the latest research on broccoli and sulforaphane.

[mc src=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9G8UqGxdhk” type=”youtube”]Drew DiVittorio speaks to his class on Healing with Chinese Medicine[/mc]

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Steam Your Vegetables

veggiesteamerZapping your veggies may deprive them of antioxidants.  Recent research found that microwaving broccoli robbed it of up to 97% of steamer1certain types of anti-oxidants. Researchers also tested pressure cooking, boiling, and steaming. Steaming left the most anti-oxidants in tact.

(Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture)

This is one type of steamer: folding and collapsible metal vegetable steamer.  For instructions(if you’ve never steamed before) click here. You can find this metal steamer at most home goods stores.

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