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The Kidney: Unique Clinical Applications of Classical Herbal Strategies


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The Kidney is often described as the most mysterious of the Chinese organ systems—“the source of all life.” It is described as the prenatal source of energy, exhibiting a yin/yang nature. In this webinar,

Dr. Fruehauf will explore the clinical reality that the root of chronic illness cannot really be treated successfully without properly understanding and supporting the Kidney. He will draw from his own clinical experience working with the Fire Spirit lineage of herbal medicine as well as his decade long research into the clinical significance of the cosmological symbolism associated with the organ networks. Participants will gain an expanded understanding of how to identify and treat Kidney pathologies that can easily inform existing clinical practice.

• Review Kidney physiology and pathology
• Learn about the ancient cosmological symbol field associated with the Kidney and how it can inform the clinical diagnosis and treatment of this organ system
• Explore the Fire Spirit lineage tenet of nourishing yang as it pertains to the Kidney organ network
• Introducing northern lineages nourishing kidney yin
• Learn classical herbal strategies to address Kidney pathology in the clinic

Heiner Fruehauf was born into a German family of medical doctors specializing in natural healing modalities such as homeopathy, herbalism, and hydrotherapy. His great grandfather studied with Sebastian Kneipp, one of the fathers of the European nature cure’s movement. Prof. Fruehauf studied sinology, philosophy, and comparative literature at Tübingen University, Fudan University (Shanghai), Hamburg University, Waseda University (Tokyo), and the University of Chicago, where he earned a doctoral degree from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1990.

After encountering a serious health crisis, he became interested in supplementing his theoretical training in the philosophy and cosmology of Chinese medicine with the study of its clinical applications. While completing two years of post-doctoral training at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, he was mentored by Deng Zhongjia, one of China’s primary expert in the fields of formula studies and the classical foundations of Chinese medicine. In addition, he sought out the classical roots of Chinese medicine outside the institutionalized TCM setting: Daoist medicine and Jinjing Qigong with Wang Qingyu; Shanghan lun pulse diagnosis with Zeng Rongxiu; Sichuan Daoism with Wang Chunwu; and traditional Sichuan folk art and music with Wang Huade. Since 1992, he has published widely on both the theoretical and clinical aspects of Chinese medicine. Presently, he serves as Founding Professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where, until recently he served as dean, and has been teaching since 1992.

His scholarly endeavors include the direction of an ongoing research project on the archaic symbolism of Chinese medicine terminology, including an in-depth analysis of the acupuncture point names. As a practitioner in private practice, he focuses on the complementary treatment of difficult and recalcitrant diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and chronic digestive disorders.

In addition, Prof. Fruehauf is the director of the Heron Institute, a non-profit institution for the research and preservation of traditional life science. In this capacity, he has been leading an almost annual study tour focusing on Qigong and other aspects of Classical Chinese Medicine into the sacred mountains of Southwest China for over ten years.


$125.00 USD

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