Take Your Practice To The Next Level With Chinese Nutritional Therapy

This 6 day (3 weekend) course will teach you everything you need to know to confidently use Chinese nutritional therapy in your practice

You’ve probably heard the quote from Sun Si Miao that the ‘superior’ doctor treats with diet and lifestyle, so why is it that here in the UK most practitioners practically ignore the diet, or just pay it lip-service?

In fact, Chinese Nutritional therapy is one of the 5 Branches Of Chinese medicine, and is of crucial importance in modern practice – For instance, severe or long-term Blood Deficiency just can’t be treated by without addressing the diet. No amount of acupuncture, shiatsu, or tui na will work on their own if the building blocks of Blood are missing in the diet

Dampness and Phlegm are implicated in a huge range of illnesses, especially chronic and complex conditions, and as we know, Dampness and Phlegm are generated by the Spleen. Once again, correct nutrition is the key.

People are confused about what they should eat, and are looking for help. And most people have some level of digestive upset – bloating, indigestion, hearburn, constipation, diarrhoea etc. In all these cases Chinese nutritional therapy can help.

In fact, adding Chinese Nutritional Therapy to your ‘toolbox’ of therapies will give you better and faster results in almost ALL your treatments.

But you have to know how to use it!

This is a powerful therapy in its own right, and there’s a lot more to it than just getting people with Dampness to cut down on dairy!

Once you truly understand the temperatures, flavours, routes and actions of different foods, you can determine exactly which foods are good or bad for any individual.

As always with Chinese medicine, this is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach but a tailored, person-centred approach unique to each individual.

On this course you will learn the full TCM approach to using food to treat illness.

You’ll be able to answer diet and nutrition related questions from your pateints, and give detailed dietary advice, even creating full diet plans if you choose to. We’ll also look at how to get patients on board, and the best ways to discuss dietary changes with people.

You’ll also understand the influence of different cooking methods, seasonal changes, food processing and all the other factors that influence digestion.

This is the only course of its kind in the UK, and it’ll take you through everything you need to know to fully implement Chinese nutritional therapy in your practice.

You’ll even be able to advertise and work as a Chinese nutritional therapist, if that’s something you’d like to do.

About Me

Neil Kingham Chinese Medicine PractitionerI’m an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and tui na practitioner and the author of the best-selling book “A User’s Guide To Chinese Medicine”. I’ve been in practice for over 12 years, and I’ve always worked with nutrition and diet.

In that time I’ve helped a huge number of people with their diet, and seen some amazing results. I teach acupuncture for the College Of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol, and I’ve also taught Chinese Nutritional Therapy to acupuncturists, Western trained nutritionists and other health professionals for the past 5 years.

Course Content

  • Understanding Food energetics – this is the ‘road map’ to understanding how each and every kind of foods effects your qi
    – Energetic temperatures
    – The 5 Flavours and their effects
    – The routes and actions of foods
  • The Spleen revisited – Understand its role as the centre of the energetic anatomy, and the implications this has on diet, digestion and wider health and well-being
  • The Chinese perspective on caffeine and alcohol – why some people really shouldn’t drink coffee (and why tea is usually OK)
  • Is sugar so bad? A Chinese persepctive on ‘the great white death’
  • The special role of wild foods, congee, fermented foods and bone broth
  • An introduction to the ‘Nourishing Earth’ school – why diet and nutrition is the No.1 therapy of Chinese Medicine
  • Understanding different types of foods – the uses and functions of meat, pulses, vegetables, fruits, grains etc
  • Digestive Qi Gong – A simple system for improving digestive efficiency. Every day after lunch we’ll practice a short routine, which you can easily practice at home on your own, and teach to pateints.
  • Different types of diet, as understood by Chinese medicine – Paleo, vegetarian, vegan etc – and which kinds of people they are suited to
  • TCM thoughts on Fasting – when is it good, when is it bad?
  • Treating TCM patterns with food – learn the foods, cooking methods, flavours and other factors that will help (or harm) all the different TCM patterns (Qi stagnation, Blood deficiency, Liver Yang Rising etc) – This will teach you exactly how to use ‘food as medicine’ according to TCM for any patient
  • Dietary adjustments for the seasons, and throughout life
  • Recipes and food combinations – How to design a therapeutic recipe from scratch, and how to ‘read’ a recipe to understand its energetic effects
  • Using Chinese nutrition in clinic – including how and when to use food diaries and other tools
  • Getting patients on board – how to discuss diet with patients, and encourage them to take up your suggestions
  • The therapeutic use of Chinese and Western herbs in cooking – how to ‘power-up’ your food with herbs
  • Wider issues: Food ethics, modern production methods, food processing etc
  • Food in context – a broad consideration of nourishment, and the role of food in modern society.

Course Structure

This is a 6 day course, taking place over 3 weekends. Timings will be 10am – 5pm each day.

Dates: *TO BE CONFIRMED* (Some time in Autumn 2020)
Location: Conference Room, YHA Bristol, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, UK

(The YHA is on Bristol’s beautiful waterfront area. As well as the attached YHA cafe, there are plenty of local eateries, and parking is available at the nearby Muddock carpark. For those wishing to stay at the YHA, a 10% discount is available)

IMPORTANT: Who This Course Is NOT For

This course is for qualified Chinese medicine practitioners (or final year students) only – A good working knowledge of TCM is essential. To benefit from this course you must be familiar with TCM terms and diagnoses such as ‘Qi Stagnation’ or ‘Yin Deficiency’. This basic knowledge is assumed, and will not be taught on this course. If you’re unsure, please contact me before booking!

This course is also aimed at clinical application, so it is best suited to those who are (or wish to be) working in a clinical setting – Of course, you can apply all the principles to yourself and your family, but we will also be discussing how to work with Chinese nutrition with patient in clinic, and how to integrate it with acupuncture sessions.


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