Supporting Healthy Eating Choices in Underserved Populations

05/19/2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM PT



DATE: Wednesday May 19th, 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. 


In this class Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. shares his experience as an herbalist, cook, and practitioner in a diverse array of clinical environments to offer useful and practical tools for flexibly wielding culinary and other accessible herbs to meet patients where they’re at geographically, financially, and culturally. The course will draw from research from the disciplines of public health research, medical anthropology, phytomedicine research, and traditional herbal practice. 

The class topics will include:


  • Materia medica of culinary herbs and commonly available teas including T.C.M ‘energetics’
  • Recipes from around the world that conform to T.C.M. dietetic principles
  • ​A​ discussion of culturally appropriate diets
  • A look at food security and food insecurity in different contexts
  • Perspectives on food, herbal, and health sovereignty
  • A discussion of group visits with affordable foods and herbs
  • Elimination diets with affordable foods and 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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