Eastern Nutrition Course
Welcome to a unique course in Alternative medicine and Eastern Nutrition. This course is currently being written and will cover much of the information that I was taught many years ago which has now been stripped away from modern courses in nutrition due to it either being considered irrelevant, unscientific or not required under the national occupational standards for nutrition or naturopathy. I have also included information that I have learnt over the years and which I have found to be invaluable in practice. It is this very information that has always helped inform my decisions when working with clients and I feel it is now time to collate it all and hand it on to my successors.
I have always had an interest in Eastern approaches to nutrition and have explored the four main Eastern disciplines of Ayurveda, Chinese 5 elements, Tibetan medicine and Unani Tibb. Eastern approaches take the individual into account rather than the latest ‘scientifically proven’ superfoods or latest popular diet combined with various lab tests. Eastern nutrition offers a depth of understanding which can only be hinted at when using western approaches to diet and nutrition.
The course starts with an in-depth study of the four main Eastern disciplines and how they approach diet. You are asked to become practically involved by trialling the type of diet which suits your constitution. By working in this way you are better equipped to explain to your client the various approaches and which one will suit them best, based on your judgement after studying the course content.
After the Eastern medical approaches we study Macrobiotics and also the work of Annemarie Colbin. This acts as a bridge between Eastern and Western approaches to naturopathic nutrition. Within all of the modules the rhythms that are the natural laws of nature that guide us on a daily, monthly, seasonal and annual basis are discussed. Knowledge of these rhythms will aid you in your identification of understanding your client’s symptoms and also, how to help then return to better health. These rhythms are discussed throughout the course as they relate to each and every module.
There is a large module on Medical Astrology. Traditionally, astrology was always taught alongside medicine. In fact, Hippocrates said that an understanding of astrology was necessary in order to be a physician. We will look at simple approaches to using astrology within a naturopathic practice and also more advanced medical astrology for those that want to learn more or already have an understanding of basic astrology.
We then move on to study some of the work of Rudolf Steiner and his approaches to diet, nutrition and the elements. In this module we study the spiritual side of nutrition and how our diet can ground us, suppress our emotions or allow us to become more in touch with our innate spirituality. We will also look at a more scientific approach to spiritual nutrition by visiting the work of Deanna Minich and how the colours in food affect the energy chakras.
Finally we study original naturopathy and the movement of disease in the body, the hierarchy of organs, the importance of the terrain and what influences the terrain, pleomorphism in detail, and the work of many researchers into how the body uses light as an energy source. This module will draw on traditional naturopathy which I was taught many years ago and combine it with the emerging science into 4th phase water and the mitochondria using photons as an energy source.
Who is this course for?
The course is being been written for alternative medical practitioners who want to introduce naturopathic and Eastern nutrition approaches into their practice. Practitioners of Eastern medicine may want to introduce nutrition into their practice and to be able to use it from an Eastern perspective. The course is also for nutritional therapists who want to learn more about naturopathic nutrition and using Eastern food energetics in their practice. Finally, any lay person is also welcome to do the course but without another discipline it does not allow you to practice as a practitioner at this point. Once the course is written, accreditation will be applied for with relevant professional associations.
This course will most likely to appeal to those practitioners or interested member of the public who prefer to use their instinct and right side of their brain.