Naturopathic Nutrition Advisor Diploma 

Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and Eastern Nutrition


Training in nutrition at CUTAM is extremely flexible and is divided into two distinct parts. The first part is compulsory for all Unani Tibb practitioners and leads to a Naturopathic Nutrition Advisor Diploma. The course is entirely distance learning, which includes recorded lectures, reading, quizzes and assignments, allowing you to work through the course at your own speed, alongside your studies in Unani Tibb. You will be allocated your own personal tutor who will guide you through the course and answer any questions that may arise from your studies. You are given 2 years to complete your study but it must be completed before you finish year 3 of your Unani Tibb Diploma.

This course is also available for those who purely want a nutrition advisor qualification allowing them to practice with professional registration. The course can act as a steppingstone to the higher qualification of Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and Eastern Nutrition.

Why study nutrition?

Diet and nutrition are of paramount importance today, especially in the wake of the pandemic and the knowledge that those with underlying co-morbidities are more at risk of viral infections. Many chronic diseases, if not all, can be positively influenced by good nutrition and many health issues are directly connected to poor dietary choices. In this course you will learn the basics of nutrition and how to apply this knowledge practically when working with friends and family, or as a registered nutritional advisor.  The course comprises 8 units:

  1. Introduction to naturopathic nutrition, organic foods, soil quality.
  2. Carbohydrates: biochemistry, functions, dietary sources, the importance of balance, blood glucose control and much more
  3. Proteins: biochemistry, functions, dietary sources, the importance of balance, supporting vegans and vegetarians and more
  4. Fats: biochemistry, functions, dietary sources, the importance of balance, essential fatty acids, endocrine connections and more
  5. Vitamins: in detail; interactions with minerals
  6. Macro and micro minerals: in detail, interactions with vitamins
  7. Practical nutrition: life stages nutrition, comparison of diets, microbiome, food allergies, the stress response, 
  8. Hypoglycemia and blood glucose control, single nucleotide polymorphisms and how they affect nutrition. Working with clients, taking a case, case interpretation. 

Two days clinical practice

For those students who wish to register with the FNTP as a Nutrition Advisor 2 days of live clinical practice (14 hours) is required.

The next step

The second part of the Nutrition course leads to a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and Eastern Nutrition and is fully accredited by the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP). This part of the course is optional for Unani graduates to continue their training and add to their qualifications. It is also open to all interested students who wish to extend their studies in nutrition to become a Nutritional Therapist. Successful completion of the course leads to registration with the FNTP as a Nutritional Therapist and with the Society of Naturopaths as an Associate Naturopath. This unique course covers the national occupational standards for nutrition and in addition, covers Eastern nutrition incorporating the nutritional approaches of Ayurveda, Chinese, Tibetan and Unani medicine. Successful graduates therefore have a unique advantage in clinical practice, being able to offer both Western and Eastern nutritional approaches. It is an ideal course to complement studies in Unani Medicine, Acupuncture/TCM, shiatsu, reflexology or similar. As successful completion of the course leads to professional registration as a Nutritional Therapist, it can also be studied as a standalone qualification. 

Course content

The modules in part two are designed to build upon the studies in part one of the course.

  1. Pharmacology: drugs explored from a western and eastern perspective
  2. Working with clients: the nutrition gap, supplementation, progressing the case
  3. Naturopathic alternative nutrition: Electrolyte balance, naturopathic nutrition, functions of the extra cellular matrix, the effects of stress on electrolyte balance, connecting everything together, magnesium, acid/alkaline balance, hydration and blood glucose control and more
  4. Naturopathic detoxification theory: Unitary theory of disease, autointoxication, routes of elimination, hierarchy of organs, movement of disease, the relevance and importance of solstices and equinoxes.
  5. Eastern nutrition: Unani Dietotherapy in detail, Ayurvedic nutrition, Chinese approach to nutrition, Tibetan medicine and nutritional approaches, how diet and lifestyle affect temperament balance, understanding the relationship between health, humoral balance and correct diet and nutrition, how incorrect diet and lifestyle affects humoral balance and health, the six tastes, five elements and how they affect Dosha and humoral balance.

The Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and Eastern Nutrition is fully accredited by the FNTP allowing successful graduates to register with the FNTP as a Nutritional Therapist. The FNTP is the largest register of Nutritional Therapists in Europe.


Successful graduates may register as an associate naturopath and continue their studies in naturopathy, such as with the Society of Naturopaths.

Two days clinical practice

Those who wish to join the FNTP must attend 2 days of live clinical practice which are run by the college every year. This is in addition to the 2 days required at Nutrition Advisor level, making 4 days (28 hours) of clinical practice in total for the Nutritional Therapist qualification alongside successful completion of online quizzes, assignments and end of course examinations.


£900 for Naturopathic Nutrition Advisor Diploma or £120 for each 8 modules.

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£2900 for Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and Eastern Nutrition or £250 over 12 months. Email the college for further information.

Entry requirements:

  • A good standard of education is desirable, or equivalent workplace experience. Applicants must have a good command of English language and comprehension (and be able to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing); and ideally one science GCSE and English GCSEs or equivalent is advisable although not compulsory. Students will be asked to produce comprehensive case reports where they are expected to interpret information relevant to the cases they study, and then produce a professional report at a level understandable to the general public (future information can be found in the course prospectus).
  • Anatomy and Physiology qualification: level 3 available from CUTAM. For more information click here

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