Culinary Herbs in T.C.M.

04/21/2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM PT



DATE: Wednesday April 21st, 2021, 12:00 PM PST

INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin Zappin, LAc, Co-founder of Five Flavors Herbs

CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs  (pending NCCAOM, CA, FL, TX). California Provider #0619. Category 1 Live. 

COST: $35

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds offered up to 3 days prior to webinar.

This webinar will be offered online through Zoom. We will email students Zoom link at least one day prior to webinar. Please call 503.477.9731 or email trainings@acuwithoutborders.org with any questions.

A recording of this webinar will be made available for 2 weeks after the event. Unfortunately, CEU/PDA points cannot be awarded if not attended live. 


T.C.M. practitioners are trained to compose and deliver sophisticated herbal formulas that intersect traditional theory, modern medicine, and individual patients unique characteristics. While this represents many ideals, it can present many barriers to access and fulfillment of therapeutic treatment plans due to cost, availability, time spent in preparation, or familiarity.

Most individuals have access to and are familiar with a modest repertoire of culinary herbs for flavoring their food. This class aims to support the T.C.M. practitioner in having a thorough Materia medica of fresh and dried culinary herbs from around the world to be able to recommend to patients for use in common health conditions.

The class will emphasize development of the following:

  • Materia medica of culinary herbs and commonly available teas including T.C.M. ‘energetics’
  • Commonly available herbs used in T.C.M.
  • Screening tools to understand what your patients have access to or be familiar with
  • Recipes for common ailments that include culinary herbs



Co-founder of Five Flavors Herbs

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. With over 20 years of experience, Benjamin has studied at Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA, and the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China. Additionally, he completed a four-year clinical apprenticeship with Michael Tierra.

To create effective herbal formulas and treat patients, Benjamin synthesizes his deep knowledge of Chinese and western herbal medicine with modern medical perspectives. This exceptional approach has been recognized industry-wide. He serves patients through Paeonia Integrative Medicine.

An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches University, A.C.C.H.S., East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has lectured at California School of Herbal Studies, UCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  

In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music.


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