Bring the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine into your kitchen, your life, or your clinical practice.
Dietary therapy, or "food cures" (Shi Liao) is an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this course, you'll learn the principles of this ancient dietary theory and how to use it for yourself!
When you learn to personalize your diet based on constitution and energetics, chronic conditions can be alleviated, energy is restored, and long term health is bolstered through prevention.
All foods have temperatures, flavors, therapeutic actions, and a direct impact on certain organs. When these qualities are understood and used, food can be therapeutic and can create balance and wellbeing.
The energetic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine Food Therapy can be applied to all food - including modern western diets. When you use the energetics of food you can optimize your health, as well as the health of your family and community.
This program is rooted in the simple concept that food can be used as medicine. When you integrate this knowledge it will nourish you on all levels of your being; physically, emotionally, mentally, and energetically.
FOOD = Healing Medicine
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Learn through pre-recorded instructional videos, kitchen demos, and detailed downloadable and printable workbooks and handouts. Go at your own pace, and get access to all updates for the lifetime of the course.
- Welcome and Overview: Get an overview from your instructor Chinese Medicine practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist Jennifer Raye.
- Chinese Medicine and Taoist Theory: The foundation of Chinese Medicine dietary theory is an understanding of how energetics work in your body, in food, and in absolutely everything.
- Yin and Yang: Everything arises from yin and yang. An imbalance of yin and yang creates all disease. Learn about this fascinating idea as a start to understand disease and health through a Chinese Medicine lens.
- Guidelines for a Holistic Diet: In TCM food therapy the path to a healthy diet includes choosing the right types and quantities of foods, preparation methods, energetic considerations, and attitude. Learn more about what it takes to use food as medicine in this lesson.
- Thermal Nature of Foods: Foods can be energetically hot, warm, neutral, cool, or cold. This isn't temperature, instead it's an "energetic" or characteristic, and it can help determine whether a food will be healing or harmful for a specific condition or constitution.
- The 5 Flavors: Each of the 5 five flavors have therapeutic actions. Learn how to use these actions, and combine them, for specific constitutions and ailments.
- Directions and Actions of Foods: Beyond flavor and elements, foods also have specific actions. Learn about them and how to use them in this section.
- Support the Center Burner: Digestive function is considered central in food therapy and in Chinese Medicine. If digestion is not working optimally, it won't matter what changes you make. Learn more about how healing the digestion sets the foundation for preventative health and strong immunity.
- The Breakfast Puzzle: When making the transition to a healing diet, breakfast is one of the most common problems. It seems western diets just don't have the energetics right! Learn what Chinese Medicine has to say, and how to make your breakfast more healing based on energetics.
- Easy to Digest Meals to Heal and Strengthen Digestion: Get in the kitchen with Jennifer and cook alongside her as she creates easy to digest dishes you can personalize for your clients or yourself.
- The 5 Elements: Each of these elements are related to flavors, organs and so much more. Learn about the elements and how they relate to food and diet choices.
- Daily Rhythms: Learn about meal times and how to cooperate with the body clock and natural daily cycles according to Chinese Medicine.
- Seasonal Eating: This is a really beautiful way to start using your knowledge of the energetics of food. Each season has certain characteristics and requires dietary changes to stay in balance. Learn what they are, how to implement seasonal changes, and why.
- Cooking for the Seasons: Join Jennifer in the kitchen as she prepares delicious and nutritous meals based on the five seasons of Chinese Medicine. Plus, receive recipes, shopping lists, and more.
- Digestion, Congestion, and Depletion: Cleansing and Chinese Medicine When natural detox pathways are not working it can have a big impact on all other systems in the body. Learn about how to support detox, and how to cleanse the right way according to Chinese Medicine.
- Food Energetics and Guides: This section is a big resource that covers all major food groups and their energetics. Expect to learn about grains, beans and legumes, vegetables, fruits, seaweeds, animal products, and so much more.
- Spices for Healing: Learn about common kitchen spices and how you can harness their powerful medicine while gettng creative in the kitchen.
- Introduction to Creating your own Healing Recipes: Learn how to combine all of the knowledge you've gained so far and apply it to your own meals, and making meal plans for others.
- The Causes of Disease: Learn about the 6 pathogenic factors, the 7 emotions, and more.
- The 6 Pathogenic Factors Explore the details of these important environmental and internal factors that cause disease and how to identify them for yourself.
- The 8 Principles: These eight factors will help you determine the underlying pattern of disharmony and the right foods for healing. In this section you'll learn how to use these eight principles in your cooking and with the people you're helping.
- Qi and Vital Substances: Substances like Qi, Blood, Yin, Yang, and Body Fluids make up an important part of Chinese Medicine theory. Learn about these substances, how to assess them, and how to work with them to create healing.
- The 4 Examinations Learn about using these examinations to determine what kind of imbalance is occuring in the body and what to do about it.
- Tongue Coating and Digestion: Learn how to identify symptom patterns with lots of tongue examples, and through looking at your own tongue.
- Diets for all Phases of Life: During different seasons of life we have different nutrition needs. Learn how you can support your organs and gain optimal health by paying attention to what phase you're in.
- Overview of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Learn how Chinese Herbal Medicine works and some Chinese Herbs you can start using in your kitchen right away.
- Therapeutic Diets for Common Ailments: Learn about the different ways you can suggest foods as therapy.
- Chinese Medicine Patterns: Explore the basic patterns of health and disease and discover where you and the ones you're helping fit.
- Case Studies: This section covers traditional and modern recipes for common health problems. We'll examine multiple clinical case studies, and have some fun in the kitchen, so you can see how it all comes together. Cases will include common complaints like common colds, constipation, fatigue, menstrual difficulties, and menopausal complaints among others.
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JENNIFER RAYE, R.TCMP, E-RYT 500+
LICENSED TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER AND HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST
Jennifer Raye holds a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a licensed practitioner, acupuncturist, and herbalist. She is also a holistic nutritionist, published author, and an experienced yoga and meditation teacher.
Jennifer's offerings reflect her extensive and varied expertise in the fields of holistic and integrative medicine. In addition to her decade-long practice of Chinese Medicine, she has studied and practiced western phytotherapy (herbology), cleansing and detoxification, and Holistic Nutrition for nearly 20 years. She has studied functional medicine with The Institute for Functional Medicine and had the honor of studying holistic nutrition with Paul Pitchford (author of "Healing with Whole Foods”). Jennifer’s background and training create a learning environment that is deeply informed and instructive.
Jennifer's teachings emphasize true self-care and a deep respect for the beauty and magic of the natural world. She has worked with thousands of students and clients all over the world, and teaches classes, retreats, and teacher training, locally and internationally. She has also been faculty at a number of educational institutions in addition to running her private medical practice.
For more info about Jennifer visit: jenniferraye.com