Chinese Dietary Therapy

Learn how to individualize diet plans according to body constitution, energetics, and seasonality.

13 CEUs/PDAs

Length: 13 hours

Instructor: Gillian Marsollier | RAc, CCII


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Who is this course for?
General Enthusiasts · Acupuncture/TCM Students · Acupuncturists
Course length (start & watch when you want)
13 hours of video content
Course credits
13 CEUs / PDAs

*Please note that many of the associations listed under ‘CEUs/PDAs’ do not formally pre-approve online courses for credits, and thus require the student to track their own online course hours to submit for approval for their annual CEU/PDA requirements.

ACCMA, AcNz, BCNA (Category C), CAIN, HCA, CTCMA (Category A2 & B), CTMPAO, NCCAOM (AOM-OM), NZASA (Category 2)
Bonus materials

95-page downloadable guidebook

Meet your course instructor

Gillian Marsollier | RAc, CCII

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.

Course description

Have you ever heard that it’s good for you to eat in moderation? Or that food can be cooling or warming? Foods have their own specific temperature, flavour, action, and affinities for certain organs. Chinese Dietary Therapy is a branch of Chinese Medicine that uses food as preventative and curative therapy. With a contemporary lens, this course led by Gillian Marsollier, explores the ancient foundational theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chinese Dietary Therapy. Once the qualities of different foods are understood, dietary therapy can be applied to very specific disorders.

Food is medicine and an integral part of most natural therapies is nutrition—also referred to as ‘food cures’. Since food is one of our primary sources of energy, it has a great potential to influence our health. To most effectively utilize the power of food, we must understand its nature and function.

If you are already an Acupuncturist or TCM Practitioner, this is a perfect course if you found your college training in Chinese Dietary Therapy lacking or absent. It is also a wonderful refresher of your Foundations!

You will learn about:

  • The basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • How to apply the TCM base knowledge to anyone
  • Understanding how to strengthen digestive energy in TCM and why it is so important
  • Recognizing which food groups will help various constitutions, and apply Chinese nutritional concepts
  • Applying dietary advice to match thermal and energetic imbalances, and commonly seen conditions
  • How to create balanced and healing recipes
  • Actual clinical case studies to understand how to apply this knowledge therapeutically

Lesson plan

  1. Welcome To The Course
    This is where you’ll meet Gillian, your instructor of your Chinese Dietary course. She has 20+ years of experience of helping heal patients with diet. Here she will do an overview of what you will learn in this course.
  2. Chinese Dietary Guidebook
    We aren’t messing around here. This guidebook is over 90-pages and will be dog-eared in no time! It’s an invaluable resource!
  3. Course Outline
    From TCM foundations to understanding the digestive system and its needs, to recipes and case studies. These are just a few topics that we will cover, and this unit will fill you in on the whole deal.
  4. Foundations Introduction
    This unit is the cornerstone of anyone looking to understand not only the energetics of the body, but also the energetics of everything. Gillian covers some fascinating groundwork to get you going in the course.
  5. Yin/Yang
    This isn’t just a symbol that you wear as jewellery! This is the root of duality and the reason that we see imbalances in the first place. Some deep thoughts will be discussed in this unit.
  6. Qi, Blood, Body Fluids
    This is a necessary unit to understand if you are going to choose the correct foods for healing. Here, Gillian will begin to teach you how the body can be in and out of balance.
  7. The 8 Principles = Part I
    What are these principles and why are they so key to choosing the correct foods for healing? This is what Gillian explores in this section.
  8. The 8 Principles = Part II
  9. You Jade Screen
    A beautiful name for a common aspect of our well being. We’re sure you’ve heard of it, but here we’ll examine a different viewpoint.
  10. Thermal Natures Of Food
    Did you know that lamb is considered hot and that spinach is very cold? Here Gillian will walk you through cold, cool, neutral, warm, and hot foods. By this she doesn’t mean actual temperature; but rather the energetics of the food. This is a key aspect in TCM Dietary and is what helps to make this style of nutrition so powerful.
  11. The 5 Flavours – Introduction
    Why does it matter if the nature of the food is bitter, pungent, salty, sweet or sour? Gillian explores the reasons and teaches you how to apply these concepts to individual constitution.
  12. The 5 Flavours – Part I
    Did you know that the spicy flavour moves phlegm? Or that salty moistens? Learn the reasons in this unit.
  13. The 5 Flavours – Part II
    Here you’ll learn how the most over-used flavour creates imbalance, and how the most under-used flavour can treat common conditions.
  14. Seasonal Eating – Part I
    Did you know that salad in winter is not always beneficial, and sometimes a hot soup in summer is? These aren’t hard and fast rules, but here you’ll learn the key point to understand.
  15. Seasonal Eating – Part II
  16. Eating To Support Your Daily Rhythm
    Certain times of day call for different kinds of food if you want to stay healthy. Here, Gillian will go over what these are.
  17. Diet For Each Generation
    Each generation has their own nutritional needs. Gillian covers this in terms of food energetics.
  18. The 5 Elements
    You may have heard about these, but do you know how they relate to your body energetics?
  19. Understanding The Healing Crisis
    It sounds like an oxymoron, but it is a common happening that you must be able to recognize in yourself or others.
  20. Food Diary Challenge
    Gillian calls on you to challenge yourself by writing down your diet for a week with your symptoms. After you complete the course, you can analyze your diet and you’ll know how to change it to find higher health!
  21. Spleen And Stomach Function
    The spleen seems like a funny word until you hear about how powerful it is in TCM. This unit covers how TCM examines these two organs.
  22. How To Recognize Digestive Imbalance
    In TCM, they say that there is no point in adjusting food for a patient if the digestion isn’t strong. Otherwise, the ‘perfect’ diet will not be absorbed.
  23. Balancing The Digestive System With Food
    Gillian helps you to begin your investigation here. First, strengthen the digestion (if needed) using diet; second, match the diet to their individual constitution to improve their overall health.
  24. General TCM Patterns
    In TCM, we see everyone as in a dynamic state of being. Different energies in different amounts. In this section, Gillian explores all the main energies so you can see where you fit in.
  25. Sweeteners
    Here you will learn about how TCM views common sweeteners. We will also analyze the energetics in detail.
  26. Salt/Na+
    The same can be applied to salt. Here Gillian covers how TCM views salt, including a deeper look at the energetics of it.
  27. Common Condiments and Caffeine
    Uh-oh. The Caffeine word. How does TCM view it? And what about ketchup?
  28. Fats/Oils
    Here you’ll learn why these are so important in a daily diet, who they benefit most, and the different types that you need to balance.
  29. Wheat/Gluten
    You’ve all heard about these foods by now. Here, Gillian dives into the facts of gluten and wheat.
  30. Dairy And Dairy Products
    Dairy is incredibly good for some, and incredibly detrimental to others. We’ll talk about dairy types and why there’s a difference.
  31. Energetic Properties Of General Food Groups
    Knowing your food group energetics will get you 90% of the way there because individual foods within a group don’t have huge differences. Once you learn this, you can make big changes.
  32. Introduction + Root Vegetables
    For this and the next 9 units, Gillian will be at the grocery store so you can get a visual lesson on how to shop and understand the energetics of your most common foods.
  33. Cooler Vegetables
  34. Cold Vegetables + Peppers
  35. Common Chinese Vegetables
  36. Fruits
  37. Meats
  38. Seafood
  39. Grains
  40. Nuts And Seeds
  41. Dairy
  42. The Anatomy Of A Recipe
    Here you will learn about the structure of using a recipe therapeutically. Amazingly, it’s very similar to creating a herbal formula.
  43. Creating Your Own Recipes
    It is time to build your own recipes for healing and test yourself.
  44. Creating Your Own Recipes – Answer Key
    How did you do? Did you see the imbalances in the previous unit?
  45. Diet For Common Conditions – Part I
    A mix of classical and modern recipes, these 4 units will take you through common ailments from A-Z including high blood pressure, skin issues, diabetes and many more. These are useful and easy recipes, so listen closely.
  46. Diet For Common Conditions – Part II
  47. Diet For Common Conditions – Part III
  48. Diet For Common Conditions – Part IV
  49. Fermentation
    There is a way to unleash the energy in your food in a powerful way, and that is through fermentation. Learn how to make some common fermented products from many different cultures.
  50. Cultured Dairy Products
    If you cannot eat dairy, there is a possibility that you can eat cultured dairy. Have a closer look in this unit.
  51. Soaking Pulses And Grains
    Similar to fermentation, this is a great way to start unleashing the energetic properties of these foods.
  52. What Diet Therapy Really Looks Like
    Once you’ve learned all this information, you’re probably very excited to help others. Here we’ll look at the reality of using diet as therapy.
  53. Modifying Diets In The Clinic
    Not all patients are going to be happy about a diet change! Learn some hints and tricks to helping patients with compliancy.
  54. Modifying Diets At Home
    So, how do you cook for a few people and individualize diet? Is it possible?
  55. Case 1: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
    These next few units are a deep analysis of actual clinical patient situations, diet changes, and results. This is where you’ll see all the knowledge come into play!
  56. Case 2: Severe Allergies
  57. Case 3: Edema And Exhaustion
  58. Case 4: Common Cold
  59. Case 5: Fatigue, Depression, Dry Skin
  60. Case 6: Post-Surgery Vomiting
  61. Case 7: Fruitarian
  62. 2 Key Charts To Laminate
    These charts will be your greatest reference tools once you’ve completed this course!
  63. Shi Liao Overview (Advanced Chinese Nutrition)
    Your next step in diet therapy will be to analyze each individual food as you would an herb. Remember that understanding the food group is most of the work, but here we’ll take a look at what part II has in store.

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