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Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Towards Becoming a Health Coach Certification: Part 1 – The Art of Healing With Food


Guest Speakers: Hiroe Mimi Takeuchi, Amy Salerno and Joy Pierson


“The sages of ancient times emphasized not the treatment of diseases, rather the prevention of its occurrence. To administer medicine to a disease … is comparable to the behavior of one who begins to dig a well after he has become thirsty…… Would these actions not be too late?” – Su Wen, Yellow Emperor’s Classics

Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Towards Becoming a Health Coach Certification is a professional program focusing on classical Chinese Herbal Medicine, Oriental Nutrition, and the Taoist Healing Arts through Movement. This is Part 1 called Healing with Foods.

The Traditional Chinese Healing Arts have been used successfully for over 2000 years. These techniques are still being practiced in modern clinics throughout the world today. This program was designed to de-mystify Chinese Herbalism and Oriental Nutrition / Food Techniques for the western practitioner and give a working knowledge of terminology and protocols. These can be successfully applied to complement your current healthcare practice, begin working on your own health or improve your overall health.

In this program, we are reuniting Traditional Chinese Medicine with the Taoist Healing Arts, as they originally were practiced in China. Over time these practices were separated out and treated as individual practices, and taken away from the idea of holistic learning, which must work as a whole leaf, not just the stem, or the vein of a leaf. The disconnect is separating these teachings which contain knowledge of food, herbs, meditations and movements, and when taken as stand-alone pieces, they are not as comprehensive. This is what makes this training more complete and returns to the original state of how these techniques were meant to be taught.

This series will teach you how to diagnose and treat patient/client symptoms by nourishing the body with specially prepared plants, herbal extracts, minerals and more through clinical practice working with clients.

You will learn to incorporate herbs, healing foods and techniques in nutrition, balanced by how to address the spiritual side of the body through Tai Chi, QiGong, and healing meditations into your current clinical practice and everyday life. The approach used will help to de-mystify Chinese Herbalism, the Oriental way of healing with food and healing Taoist practices and movement to give a working knowledge of terminology and protocols that can be successfully applied to your current practice as well as your own overall health. (“A Training Within a Training: Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation”CLICK HERE for more info).

This intensive training consists of:

  • 9 full-day lectures (See the Class Schedule below)
  • 1-hour weekly review (sessions include online courses with PowerPoint presentations which include: The Treatment and Management of Chronic Illness; Making Sense of the Organic Food Market and Healing with Whole Foods and Medicinal Mushrooms)
  • Monthly consultation one-on-one mentoring with the primary teacher
  • Peer support student group
  • Every class will begin and end with Tai Chi and specific Qigong exercises with Richard Anton Diaz. “A Training Within a Training”CLICK HERE.

Note: This program is Part 1 of a Two-Part training. For those who only wish to add to their knowledge on how to heal with Chinese nutrition and diet, Part I will greatly enrich your skillset and profoundly change how you can address healing with food. You can take Part 1 as a stand-alone training and at its conclusion, in 5 months you will receive a Certificate of Completion for Part 1. See below for more details if you wish to continue on to Part 2 to prepare to become a national Health Coach.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.

What You Will Learn

  • Theory of Traditional and Modern Chinese Medicine (TCM) + principles and practices of Taoism used to learn how to navigate life
  • Oriental Diagnosis: learn pulse plus symptoms as they related to the zang/fu organs (a collection of organs that produce and regulate qi or life energy within the body) and how the 5-Elements impact a diagnosis
  • 5-Element Nutrition: learn to design nutritional protocols for clients – foundational diets, target foods, detox diets and food cures
  • Modern Nutritional Biochemistry: the study of modern nutritional protocols – such as vitam found in supplement form and in foods used to reverse a debilitating health condition
  • Detoxification Group: learn to conduct a successful cleansing program
  • Tai Chi: Receive Instructor Certificate of Completion for Part 1 – “A Training Within a Training” – CLICK HERE


9 sessions
November 13, 2021 – March 20, 2022
Saturdays – Sundays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET

$1,495 • Course – 21FGWTA

$1,595 • Course – 21FGWTB

*A non-refundable deposit of $400 is due upon registration. Three additional payments are due December 20, 2021 ($400), January 18, 2022 ($400), and February 14, 2022 ($395). To register with the payment plan, please call 212-219-2527, Ext. 2.

Click HERE  to view information on part 2: Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Towards a Health Coach Certification, Part 2 – The Art of Healing with Herbs.


Registration available for day one of training 

If you decide to join the training after attending this one-day program, we will deduct the amount paid for this workshop from the overall training fee. For information on the full program refer to our website. This one-day workshop can also just be taken for informational purposes without further commitment.

PART 1 – The Art of Healing with Food –

Program Descriptions

For more details of the full program Part 1: 5-month program & Part 2: 7-month program – SEE SYLLABUS HERE
**All sessions will be taking place online.**

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm ET
Introduction to Chinese Medicine & Taoism
Chinese herbal medicine is governed by the universal principles of balance and harmony expressed in The Tao. This weekend includes an overview of the history of Chinese Medicine and begins to familiarize students with the basic terms and concepts: Five Element Theory, “Qi “ (pronounced chee) and the immune system, six divisions of Yin and Yang, four causes of disease, TCM terminology, energetic imbalances and meridians. Also, discussion of Classical Chinese.

Saturday & Sunday, December 11 – 12, 2021, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET

Diagnosis & the Six Healing Sounds
Herbology is the core of treatment in Chinese medicine, and energetically, practitioners look beyond the symptoms of the disease to alleviate the underlying imbalance that caused the disease. Imbalances are determined by a non-invasive diagnostic system that includes tongue reading, pulse reading, facial observations and health history evaluation. Students will gain a working familiarity with meridians and diagnostic points during a full-day hands-on workshop on Sunday. You will be introduced to the Six-Healing Sounds to clear negative emotions.

Saturday & Sunday, January 15 – 16, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
The Five Element Diet – Food As Medicine
Plant medicine predates written human history as an approach to healing using herbs and foods to prevent and assist in the healing of various health conditions. Balance in a diet is unique for each person, and there is no one diet for everyone. Learn how to use whole foods “as medicine” to balance and regenerate internal organs and strengthen the immune system to help prevent disease. The Taoist way and the healing properties of whole foods, essentials of nutrition, food energetics, dietary guidelines, elimination diets, five-phase cooking and specific foods for organ imbalances.

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
Medicine Making & Recipes for Health: A Cooking Class
Hands-on cooking class. We will be cooking together common recipes that have been used for centuries to enhance the immune system, relieve allergies, address chronic health conditions, support detoxification, and maintain overall health. In addition, we will look at the healing properties of common herbs, foods and medicinal mushrooms used for centuries to address chronic health conditions, support detoxification and maintain overall health. Topics discussed will include how to incorporate healthy foods and herbs into your diet.

Sunday, February 13, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
Herbal Medicine Making: Healing Remedies, Recipes, Teas, Topicals and Tonics
This is a hands-on workshop where the traditional preparation of herbal medicine is taught. Herbal medicine-making is a holistic art involving time-honored methods developed over the centuries into the processes used today involving both art and science. In this workshop we will learn the techniques for extracting the healing constituencies of plants in different menstruums; how to do an herb press; how to prepare herbal infusions and decoctions; how to make capsules, pills, poultices, and healing salves for external application. We will explore many resources and gain hands-on experience in making our own herbal remedies.

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
Student Clinic & Case Studies
All of your studies will be applied in the hands-on application and the principles and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We will invite friends and family to our student clinic. We will assess each person using differential diagnosis, pulse, tongue and an extensive questionnaire to assess their health condition, emphasizing health history, and then making practical herbal, food and exercise recommendations. There will be a small group discussion of each case study.

Sunday, March 20, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST
Taoist Success: How to Run a Successful Practice & Graduation
In this workshop we will be discussing how to run a successful practice. Topics discussed will be online marketing, social media, building your brand, creating a website, how to create successful wellness groups, classes and more!

You will receive a Certificate of Completion after completing Part 1.

Part 2:
For those wishing to continue, you may enroll in Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Towards Becoming a Health Coach Certification, Part 2 – The Art of Healing With Herbs. This is a 7-month training with a Certificate of Completion upon its completion. This will provide you the ability to apply to the AADP – American Association of Drugless Practitioners  to become a national Health Coach. Click HERE for details on Part 2.


We have plenty of resources to help you make the right decision. We hosted four free introductory evenings about the training, each program presenting a different aspect of the training. If you are interested in reviewing these recordings, please contact sona@opencenter.org.

Drew DiVittorio and Richard Anton Diaz are always happy to address any specific questions and concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at sona@opencenter.org and we will forward them your questions.


Our program in Traditional Chinese Healing Arts: Healing with Food and the Taoist Healing Movements encourages people who are health professionals interested in improving the health of their clients holistically, as well as laypersons who are interested in improving their personal health or beginning their own health practice.

  • Medical Professionals
  • Clinicians
  • Nutritionists/Dieticians
  • Trainers
  • Counselors
  • Bodyworkers/Energy Healers
  • Therapists
  • Laypersons


  • Prerequisites: No previous experience is required
  • Supplies list for the class: Supplies list for the class: A list of suggested materials for cooking classes and medicine making will be provided to participants prior to the course start date.
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course which requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click Here to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

Learn more about the program from Drew DiVittorio, Richard Anton Diaz and recent graduates in the video below:

Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Towards Becoming a Health Coach Certification: Part 1 – The Art of Healing With Food

  • 9 Session(s)
  • Nov 13 2021 10:00 AM ET





Drew DiVittorio, Dipl, is a nutritional consultant who maintains a private practice in Chinese Medicine and the Taoist Healing. He is currently the founder and primary instructor at the New York Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition, a one-year professional training program in classical Chinese herbology and nutrition. Drew was an adjunct associate professor at the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute for 10 years, is currently on the teaching staff at the New York Open Center, and teaches in the Green Medicine program.

Richard Anton Diaz is the director and co-founder of the Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Academy, a certified teacher in the Universal Tao system founded by Master Mantak Chia and a professional Health Coach and Practitioner certified with the Trinity School of Natural Health. He is the North American representative for Alphay, a Chinese-based world leader in organic medicinal mushrooms that are formulated in the Five Element system of Traditional Chinese Medicine for health, longevity and spiritual development.

Jessica Mullins is a clinical herbalist, trained in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism; she is also a Reiki practitioner. Her other trainings include Cannabis Materia Medica; Wilderness First Aid; Depression, Anxiety, Autism and much more.

A graduate of the Traditional Chinese Healing Arts Academy, Hiroe Mimi Takeuchi is now on the teaching staff and serves as the Director of the Student Clinic. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the Stealth Method for Reiki, and is a certified Int’l Anti-aging and Nutrition Consultant.

As a Nutritional Consultant and Conference Director, Amy Salerno has been consulting on nutritional supplements and creating educational seminars and conferences for healthcare practitioners since 1998.

Joy Pierson is a nutritional consultant, educator and foodie, whose quest is to change people’s awareness of health and well-being, as well as its effect on the planet and future generations, by introducing them to delicious nutritious farm-fresh, plant-based food.


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