Learn how to support body systems and common conditions

Take 8 minutes to meet your instructor Gillian Marsollier and learn the 8 signs of digestive imbalance.

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Acne vulgaris, rosacea & eczema, Adolescent & childhood health, Allergies, Anemia, Autoimmunity, Bone & muscles, Bowel health, Cardiovascular health, Detoxification, Digestive health, Hormone health, Indigestion, gas & bloating, immune system health, Joint health & arthritis, Kidney stones, Liver & metabolic health, Migraines & cognitive health, Musculoskeletal health, Nervous system health, Menopausal health, Menstrual cycle health, Pediatric health, Perimenopausal & menopausal health, Pregnancy, Prostate health, Skin health, Stress, Thyroid health, Upper respiratory tract infections, Urinary, bowel & liver health
Urinary tract infections, and more! 


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Support yourself and your community with herbal remedies for the most common ailments.

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Get 3 Printed Guidebooks FREE

876-pages of herbal wisdom in your hands. 

Enroll in the Community Herbalist Online Certificate Program before May 9th, and get 3 printed guidebooks FREE (a savings of $270 CAD).

Sample the program & start nourishing your body, mind & soul 

1. Hawthorn Identification & Uses 
     with Amanda Howe

2. Make Gotu Kola & Green Tea Cleansing Oil 
     with Dr. Marisa Marciano 

3. Make Lavender-Infused Honey 
     with Seraphina Capranos

4. Learn Herbal Approaches to Indigestion 
     with David Caudwell

When you join our Holistic Nutrition newsletter, we'll send you 5 free mini-lessons, recipes, food monographs & more:

21 courses, 398 video lessons filmed over 3 seasons, and 80+ hours of self-paced instruction. 

Follow along with your 3 FREE printed guidebooks when you enroll before April 25th, 2022.

Immerse yourself in the history of herbs.

"This program has been life-altering in so many ways. I feel dramatically empowered in taking care of my own health and inspired to support others in theirs. It was soothing and beautiful to watch, informative and inspiring. Everything was very well covered. I loved the bonus live video lectures and the herbal hangout sessions, they made me feel a part of a community."
— Philma Scheepers from Coquitlam, BC, Canada

"Very organized. Very educational. The textbooks are beautiful. Very impressed. I have always wanted to study at PRC—it has been a dream, so I took advantage of this chance to learn from very grounded, practical, passionate teachers. Learning how to formulate products was very worthy for me. Thank you soo much. I'm looking forward to putting forth this wealth of knowledge into practice." 
— Ashley from Canada

Why herbalism?

Plants connect us all. It's our ancestral right to know how to use herbs to build health and resilience for ourselves and our communities.  

The practice of herbalism embraces the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of people and the planet. 

It appreciates traditional knowledge in a contemporary context. It is creative, exploratory, immersive, and fundamental to our human experience.

Download the Basil Food Profile from Guidebook 1, Nourish
This mini-lesson is an excerpt from course 6: Materia Medica of Food. 

Learn how simple diet changes can balance energy

Study Chinese Dietary Therapy (CDT) and learn how to apply your knowledge in a free instructor-led Q+A session

Enroll for $249 (a value of $349)ENROLL & GET YOUR FREE GUIDEBOOKS ($190 VALUE)

2-hour live Q+A session

13-hour course 

Course curriculum

Learn at your own pace from wherever you are through 21 courses, 80+ hours of self-paced video lessons taught by expert Herbalists, Naturopaths & Holistic Nutritionists.

1. Welcome!
2. Chinese Dietary Guidebook
3. Course Outline
4. Foundations Introduction
5. Yin Yang
6. Qi, Blood & Body Fluids
7. The 8 Principles - Part II
8. The 8 Principles - Part II
9. You Jade Screen
10. Section Summary
11. Thermal Natures Of Food
12. The 5 Flavours – Introduction
13. The 5 Flavours – Part I
14. The 5 Flavours – Part II
15. Seasonal Eating – Part I
16. Seasonal Eating – Part II
17. Eating To Support Your Daily Rhythm
18. Diet For Each Generation
19. The 5 Elements
20. Understanding The Healing Crisis
21. Food Diary Challenge
22. Section Summary
23. Spleen & Stomach function
24. How To Recognize Digestive Imbalance
25. Balancing The Digestive System With Food
26. Section Summary
27. General TCM patterns
28. Sweeteners
29. Salt
30. Common Condiments & Caffeine
31. Fats/Oils
32. Wheat/Gluten
33. Dairy & Dairy Products
34. Energetic Properties Of General Food Groups
35. A Trip To The Market: Root Vegetables
36. Cooler Vegetables
37. Cold Vegetables + Hot Peppers
38. Halfway Checkpoint
39. Common Chinese Vegetables
40. Fruits
41. Meats
42. Seafood
43. Grains
44. Nuts & Seeds
45. Dairy
46. Section Summary
47. The Anatomy Of A Recipe
48. Creating Your Own Recipes

Learn from wherever you are through 13 hours of self-paced video lessons.

49Creating Your Own Recipes – Answer Key
50Diet For Common Conditions – Part I
51Diet For Common Conditions – Part II
52Diet For Common Conditions – Part III
53Diet For Common Conditions – Part IV
54Section Summary
56Cultured Dairy Products
57Soaking Pulses & Grains
58Section Summary
59What Diet Therapy Really Looks Like
60Modifying Diets In The Clinic
61Modifying Diets At Home
62Section Summary
63Case 1: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
64Case 2: Severe Allergies
65Case 3: Edema & Exhaustion
66Case 4: Common Cold
67Case 5: Fatigue, Depression, Dry Skin
68Case 6: Post-Surgery Vomiting
69Case 7: Fruitarian
702 Key Charts To Laminate
71Course Summary
73Examination - Chinese Diet Therapy

A program I’d love everyone to take! This course has truly expanded my knowledge of nutrition with a depth I was not expecting. Truly a gem. This course has given me so many ways to look at food in my life and how it can help others. Worth every penny.

—Magdalena, BC, Canada

What our students are saying...

I finally feel like I have a good grasp of how to remove offending foods and add in nourishing foods. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a dense and complete introduction to TCM dietary therapy.

— Breanna Johnston, ON

As a Nurse, I found this course great for my continuing education! Loved the instructor's attitude and energy. This course gives tons of practical and applicable knowledge.

— Kathryn M, Canada

As a beginner I found this course inspirational, and very detailed. Gillian makes sure she passes on her knowledge, enthusiasm and energy to her students.

— Myriam, Belgium

I love the high quality video and the engaging nature of the teachers.

I highly recommend the PRCO Holistic Nutrition program to anyone who is curious about how what we eat can influence our overall health.

—Nancy Prober, BC, Canada

What our graduates are saying...

Pacific Rim College Online’s mission is to impact communities across the globe. We exist to inspire people to take action and find empowerment through education. With 16+ years of success on campus at our sister school Pacific Rim College, we’re now bringing the campus to you—online.

      6+ years in business
      6,500+ online students
      Hand-selected expert instructors

Discover how Chinese Dietary Therapy can help you make simple adjustments to enhance your overall health.

A new study option: hybrid

Embracing the diversity of individual learning preferences, we are introducing a learning add-on: The Hybrid Program 

This unique offering seamlessly blends the convenience of online learning with the enriching benefits of live sessions, fostering meaningful connections with your instructor, Dr. Angeli Chitale, and like-minded peers.

Sessions begin on March 11 2024 and go until June 17th, 2024. Below is a sneak peek of the first three sessions. For more information or to save your spot, contact student support below.

The $800 CAD is an additional charge to the program fee (payment options below). The total for the hybrid program must be paid up front to secure spot. Only 12 spots available. Refunds are not available for the hybrid program. A minimum of 3 registrants is required. 

Spots available

Number of sesssions

Hours per session




Contact student support to secure your spot




Session 1

March 11

History of Nutrition - food as energy currency in the web of life 

  • Food as a symbol of status, power and identity

  • Finding our food voice 

  • Listening to the language of your body 

  • + Submitted Student Questions 


Session 2

March 25

Origins & Evolution of Diet Culture and Body Ideals.

  • Beyond Diets: Pushing the boundaries of “food”

  • Your personal dietary evolution

  • Mythology of body size, shape and form

  • + Submitted Student Questions 


Session 3

April 8

Ayurvedic Energetics and Constitution

  • Applied understanding of Prakruti and Vikruti (what is my prakruti and vikruti?)

  • Healing Intergenerational trauma at conception

  • Saptadhatu of foods, natural medicines and everything you consume

  • + Submitted Student Questions 


Download one of 60+ detailed food monographs from our guidebooks

5 reasons why you will love this program

     100% video-based learning
      8 world-class instructors to inspire you
      College-level content that brings the campus to you
      Comprehensive guidebook to reference time and again
      Ongoing enrollment - learn wherever, whenever

Use nutrition and simple lifestyle practices to ease common symptoms

Learn how to support the following conditions & body systems:

Enroll & get free printed guidebooks ($270 value)

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to balanced nutrition. Learn to understand the qualities of different foods so you can apply simple food modifications from traditional Chinese Dietary Therapy to balance common conditions:

Arthritic/rheumatic conditions
Blood disorders
Blood pressure (high)
Blood pressure (low)

Degenerative disorders

Colitis & enteritis

Eye Cysts

Gum issues
Intoxicant abuse
Menstrual disorders
Morning sickness
Skin diseases
Stomach ulcers

We can optimize health by eating foods that nourish our unique constitutions

Learn to work with over 50 herbal allies

Angelica, Arnica, Ashwagandha, Bearberry, Bilberry, Borage, Burdock, Calendula, Chamomile, Cleavers, Comfrey, Cottonwood, Dandelion, Echinacea, Elder, Elecampane, Eleuthero, Garlic, Ginger, Hawthorn, Holy Basil, Hyssop, Lady's Mantle, Lavender, Linden, Marshmallow, Meadowsweet, Lemon Balm, Milk Thistle, Mint, Motherwort, Mullein, Nettle, Oats, Oregon Grape, Passion Flower, Plantain, Red Clover, Reishi, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Skullcap, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Turmeric, Valerian, Wood Betony, Yarrow, + more!

Learn your energetic constitution, how to eat according to it, food group energetics, and seasonal dietary attunement.

Enhance your practice & earn CEUs with self-paced online courses.   

This online herbal program offers a unique advantage: transfer up to 13 credits at no extra charge to our sister college, Pacific Rim College campus (in-person or live streaming). Build your path towards a fulfilling career as a Medical Herbalist with our college-level courses serving as the stepping stone to earning your diploma.

Considering a career as a herbal practitioner?

Wondering the what, when, and how of planning your herbal garden this spring?

Join us for a 90-minute, virtual class to start your herb garden. Amanda will teach you:

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Who is this course for?

This special offering of our popular CDT course with a live Q+A is perfect for anyone wanting to understand how meal plans can be tailored to support different conditions and constitutions:

People looking to support their own health or family and friends.

Practitioners like acupuncturists, nutritionists, naturopaths, and nurses who want to help patients make simple adjustments to their food choices.

Home schoolers looking for new lessons

Anyone who feels like they’re eating well, but still don't feel their best.

Get additional guidance and motivation to learn CDT

Enroll in Chinese Dietary Therapy by May 30, 2024 to join a live 2-hour Q+A session led by the instructor, Gillian Marsollier, RAc, on Thursday, June 27* from 11 am to 1 pm PDT, free.

*Can't make the live? Don't worry, we’ll email a recording within 24 hours of the live session.

3. Join the live Q+A for a chance to have your questions answered and your case reviewed.

2. We recommend that you watch up to unit 46 (or 7.5 hours of the course) before the live session. This is not a requirement.

1. Enroll in program and fill out the intake form.

Course credits | 13 CEUs/PDAs

Course length | 13 hours

What's included

13 hours of professionally recorded video lessons

2-hour live Q+A with the instructor

95-page PDF and printable guidebook to reference

Lifelong learning, guaranteed

Course notes and speed control for every course


Lifetime access to all learning materials


7-day money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied*

* A refund is not available if the course is more than 50% completed.

Meet your instructor

Katharine Dickinson

Katharine Dickinson is an illustrator and artist-educator in Vancouver, BC. She has exhibited at numerous galleries in Canada, the US and the UK, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. She has a Postgraduate Diploma (HDFA) from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London, UK, and has worked as a freelance illustrator for publishing companies, magazines, ad campaigns and animation projects, including book covers for Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. She currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

As an artist-educator, she specializes in observational drawing methods and techniques for botanical illustration and landscape painting. By helping students slow down and experience the meditative effects of focused observational drawing, Katharine helps them learn about nature and further their appreciation of the natural world.

Published in:
Harpers Collins, PEnguin Books, Financial Times, Virago Modern Classics

Meet your instructor

Gillian Marsollier, RAc

Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001, and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. After completing a 4-year Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she began her teaching career in Newfoundland. There she wrote the bulk of the curriculum for a 3-year acupuncture program and served as the Acupuncture Program Director. Gillian was then transferred to Halifax, where she successfully gained approval by the Board of Education in Nova Scotia for an acupuncture program. In addition to teaching, she practiced at a very successful multi-faceted alternative treatment centre while residing on the East Coast. In 2008 Gillian went to Nepal to teach acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities at a medical facility. They are still using the modalities to this day to treat the locals from the Himalayan hills. For the last 5 years, Gillian has been pursuing the media side of acupuncture and natural healing through the creation of LIFT Education Academy. Through this online education platform, she has created many popular courses including bootcamps that have become the national gold standard for preparation for TCM registration exams.

20+ years practicing as a Registered Acupuncturist in BC
1,620 students taught since 2005
Creator of the curriculum for East Coast Acupuncture colleges
Chief Operating Officer at PRCO

Only until March 12, 2023, enroll for $199 CAD—that's $100 off. 

Enroll at 40% off 

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Not sure if this is the right course for you? We offer a 7-day money back guarantee as long as the course is less than 50% completed.


Get lifetime access to 4.75 hours of video lessons & a digital guidebook that you'll refer back to for years. 

Enroll today at our one-time launch price

Enroll today for the opportunity to join our live Q+A

Until May 30th, enroll in Chinese Dietary Therapy and get FREE access to the live Q+A, a value of $100.00.

Get a chance for Gillian to review your case live and recommend how you can use foods to shift any imbalances.

Full Price: 349.00 CAD

Your price: $249.00 CAD

Self-paced | Ongoing Enrollment | Lifetime access

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Enhance your practice & earn CEUs with self-paced online courses.   

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, foods have their own specific temperature, flavour, action, and affinities for certain organs. When you understand the principles, you can use food therapeutically.

Learn the ancient foundational theories of Chinese Dietary Therapy

How to apply TCM base knowledge to anyone

Discover the moving, meditative art practice of botanical drawing

As spring blooms outside, make space to deeply observe nature and its wonders

How to strengthen digestive energy

Which food groups help different constitutions

Clinical case study examples of applying this knowledge

How to create balanced and nourishing recipes

Applying dietary advice to balance common conditions

What if you could make or recommend simple, practical dietary adjustments to help people feel their best? Which foods to eat, when, and how to prepare them all impact our energy.

Applying dietary advice to balance common conditions