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ContEd: Health Through the Seasons with Chinese Dietetics

Ended Jun 1, 2024
2 credits

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Course Details

Course Length: 2 hours (2 CEU Hours)

Course Location: Online via Canvas

Course Date & Time
Asynchronous - at your own pace
Course access begins June 15, 2023
Course expires June 1, 2024
NCCAOM Approved PDA's available through April 24, 2024

About the Course

The power of food as medicine throughout the seasons is foundational to supporting the balance of yin and yang. 

This 2-hour class offers a review the fundamentals of food energetics through the thermal nature (Qi) and flavors of food through the cycle of the 4 seasons and seasonal transitions (Earth).  Each seasonal overview will incorporate overview of its properties, beneficial flavors, balance of yin and yang, cooking methods and movement and activities to support balance and health. The goal of this class is to offer practical and dynamic ways integrating food recommendations into a Chinese medicine practice as part of the self-care recommendations made to patients.

This is a class for people who love food and its power to heal and transform. Chinese medicine practitioners who do not have herbal training will strengthen their fundamental understanding of the energetics of food through understanding its Nature and Flavor. Food energetics is a powerful compliment to Chinese herbal knowledge and is also a resource to utilize in everyday life.

Course Learning Objectives & Goals

  • Students will understand the basics of thermal nature and flavor of foods in Chinese dietary therapy.
  • Students will understand the basic properties of each season and how food encourages balance of internal yin and yang.
  • Students will be able to utilize cooking methods to affect thermal nature and action of foods throughout the seasons.
  • Students will be able to analyze how to employ and incorporate basic seasonal food recommendations and recipes into a Chinese medicine practice or everyday life according to thermal nature, flavor and cooking methods.

Course Completion Requirements (in order to receive a CEU Certificate)

  • You must complete the course exam
  • You must complete the course evaluation
  • To receive a CE certificate, you must have an approved credential.

Continuing Education Approval for:

  • ND (licensed in WA)
  • MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
  • ARNP & RN - Category II (licensed in WA)
  • LAc - NCCAOM PDA approved (through 4/24/24)
  • PT & OT (licensed in WA) 

NCCAOM Course Participant Attestation: I understand that the information in this course presented by the Provider and/or Instructor(s) is for educational purposes only and should only be applied with appropriate clinical judgment and used by a trained and licensed practitioner. Governmental laws and regulations vary from region to region and the contents of this course vary in permissible usage. The participant is required to check their local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding the practice requirements and scope of practice issues and the use of the information of this course including, but not limited to, theory, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. I acknowledge that NCCAOM does not endorse any specific treatment regimens of any kind. Furthermore, if I use any modalities or treatments taught in this course, I agree to waive, release, indemnify, discharge, and covenant not to sue NCCAOM from and against any liability, claims, demands, or causes of action whatsoever, arising out of any injury, loss, or damage that a person may sustain related to the use of the information in this course. I understand that this Release is governed by the laws of District of Columbia, U.S.A. and shall survive the termination or expiration of this course (April 24, 2024)

About the Instructor

Ellen Goldsmith, MSOM, L.Ac.,  Dip. C.H,. is a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She is the author of the book, Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health, a book to help people understand and put the nourishing wisdom of Chinese medicine into everyday lives, where it matters most; the kitchen. She is senior faculty of the National University of Natural Medicine‚Äôs College of Classical Chinese Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine teaching Chinese dietetics. She lectures widely and practices out of Portland, Oregon and teaches online.  She can be reached for consultations, speaking and teaching engagements through her website:

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