Health through the Seasons with Chinese Dietetics

Food as medicine through the seasons

The power of food as medicine through the seasons is foundational to supporting the balance of health. This course is for practitioners who want to integrate seasonal food recommendations into their practice in a direct and effective way.

Ellen Goldsmith
Ellen Goldsmith

Course Overview

This 2-hour class offers a review of 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 an 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 to integrate 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 complement to Chinese herbal knowledge and is also a resource to utilize in everyday life.


  • Understand the basics of the thermal nature and flavor of foods in Chinese dietary therapy.

  • Understand the basic properties of each season and how food choices encourage the balance of internal yin and yang.

  • Learn how cooking methods affect the thermal nature and action of foods throughout the seasons.

  • Be able to employ and incorporate basic seasonal food recommendations into their Chinese medicine practice.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Overview & Introduction – Introduce the concept of food as medicine and the application of the CM approach to seasonal health and food.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    The thermal nature or Qi of Food – is the foundation of Chinese Dietary Therapy how food warms, activates, cools, calms and detoxifies.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    The flavors of food, and their therapeutic properties. The actions that the 5 flavors have on the body. Case reflection.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Overview of the Energetics of the 4 seasons and seasonal transitions.

  • 1 hrs - 1.25 hrs

    Health challenges of each of the seasons.

  • 1.25 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Recommendations for foods and activities for each of the seasons with the visual cooking presentation.

  • 1.5 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Medicinal use of recipes and dishes for each season, including condiments. Visual cooking presentation..

  • 1.75 hrs - 2 hrs

    Conclusion and reflections on what has been taught.


Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith is a licensed acupuncturist, educator and author of the book Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health. She teaches Chinese medicine and graduate nutrition students at NUNM, the Academy for Integrative Health in Medicine and lectures widely.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: Florida (2), Standard Certificate (2), NCCAOM (2)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 2 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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