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Damián Allegretti

 

Nutritional therapist & Chinese medicine practitioner.

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Damián Allegretti

Nutritional therapist & Chinese medicine practitioner.

Lic Ac & Herbalist MAAC RBAF,  Dipl. TuiNa

 

When I was 1 year-old I was diagnosed with asthma and after a few years I was using the inhaler regularly. When I was 18 years-old I developed a cough that lasted for months, but I refused to use any drug as I wanted to try something different. 

My grandmother suggested me to visit Juan Carlos, the owner of an herb store in Buenos Aires, who had saved her from surgery.

When I visited him, there was a long cue of people waiting get advised. He gave me a bunch of herbs and introduced me to a new diet. I sticked to the plan, and after a few weeks the cough was gone.
It has been more than 10 years without using the inhaler. At that time, I did not know that he would make such a big impact in my life.
I got captivated by his methods, knowledge and humour, and I started to visit him regularly. I spent many hours just listening and observing him at work…
Now, I can affirm that his knowledge and strong vocation for helping people marked the beginning of my career. He was definitely my mentor.

 

Although the heart of my practice is digestive and respiratory problems, I successfully treat a wide range of conditions, from musculoskeletal dysfunction, chronic pain and gynecological disorders, to insomnia  and depression. The treatments encompass nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, movement, massage, moxibustion, cupping , and lifestyle counseling.
My passion for health, medicine and nutrition led me to acquire, in a short period of time, a lot of knowledge from different sources and standpoints.

In 2015, while living in New York City, I opened an Integrative Medicine rehabilitation center, helping hundreds of people managing pain, weight loss and lifestyle changes. Thus, I built a reputation as a Nutritional Consultant mixing both, Traditional Chinese Medicine and the latest scientific research available. I extensively researched about diets and nutrition for more than 14 years and to stay up to date about clinical dietary studies, I am a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

I graduated as an Acupuncturist and Herbalist from “Li Ping Institute of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine” in Barcelona (3-year program in collaboration with Shanghai and Nanjing universities).
Then, I decided to follow the ideas of the great Wang Ju Yi from Beijing, which I learnt directly from his disciples Jonathan Chang and Jason Robertson.

 

My post-graduate education includes a Diplomate in Zheng Gu Tui Na (Chinese massage and bone setting) and a specialization in Die Da (Chinese Sports Medicine Injuries) with Tom Bisio, renowned internationally as a martial artist, Chinese medical practitioner, educator and author.
I have also extensively trained with many important practitioners like Jason Blalack, Kiiko Matsumoto, Chien-Fu Liao, Heiner Fruehauf, Sarah Pritchard and Sharon Weizenbaum, gaining also knowledge on Japanese acupuncture and moxa (okyu) as well as in traditional Chinese herbal formulas (Jing Fang).

 

I usually teach QiGong in different parks. My expertise in movement analysis additionally stems from many years of training Yoga, Feldenkrais, Horton, YiQuan and Internal Martial Arts.

In 2022, I started volunteering as acupuncturist for "The Disability Foundation" (TDF), a charity that provides complementary therapy services to disabled people, anyone suffering from a chronic health issue or medical condition, as well as those involved in their care, including NHS staff. 

I currently live in London, where I pursuit my passion: helping people feeling better by improving the quality of life. I strongly believe that health and balance make an intense and meaningful life.