Nutrition And The Field Of Oriental Medicine
The Importance of TCM Nutrition in a Modern Practice
Nutrition has long been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Midwest College has identified this branch of TCM as an important specialty, sought by health care consumers, for which we prepare our future graduates. The Midwest College’s Oriental Medicine (OM) program is unique in that the concentration in this area is an important focus of the curriculum and clinical experience.
While completing the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, you will gain an important concentration in the biomedical concepts of nutrition including the food pyramid and health promoting effects of vitamins and minerals. TCM nutrition, additionally, looks at the energetic characteristics of foods, how they are used based upon an individual’s constitution, and how food affects Zang Fu syndromes.
After completing the OM program you will be able to augment your acupuncture and herbal treatment with the Chinese system of food therapy. In fact, students in the Masters program receive the concurrently awarded degree B.S. in Nutrition with the M.S. degree in Oriental Medicine.
The M.S. curriculum prepares graduates for a competitive healthcare environment by combining the use of Chinese herbal formulas with nutritional counseling and the use of supplements. Integrating TCM Nutrition with Acu/moxa and herbs lets practitioners confidently make recommendations regarding food energetics as a preventative to disease in the maintenance of optimum health. Graduates will meet the expectations of patients who expect a holistic practitioner to make recommendations regarding herbs and commonly used nutritive products. If you feel that healthy eating and guided nutrition is important part of Holistic Healthcare, you should look seriously at the Midwest College.
Education at the Midwest College includes a unique focus on traditional Chinese Nutrition Therapy. There are two aspects to a Chinese Medicine nutritional consultation; the first concerns healthy eating according to a patient’s constitutional type, the second is recommendation of foods, and recipes for specific disorders.
The Midwest College’s contemporary clinical approach to Chinese nutrition therapy includes updated “energetic” recipes based upon classic medicinal cooking with herbs. These traditional recipes have been selected to be “pleasing to the palate” so that they will be enjoyed by most patients.
It is not surprising that prospective students of Oriental Medicine are looking for a program where they can gain the skills and knowledge needed to integrate the best known branches of TCM (acupuncture, massage and herbs) with healing foods and recipes in their future professional practice. The nutrition component of the Oriental Medicine program, as well as its clinical experiences, have been designed to ensure that students see a wide variety of health problems, and that they become familiar with using food and nutraceutical supplements in TCM clinical practice. Its emphasis is on the intern applying the principles of traditional and modern nutrition learned in class to the treatment of patients in the student clinic.