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Mystery Syndromes: Explaining and Treating Autoimmune Disorders with Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Mystery Syndromes: Explaining and Treating Autoimmune Disorders with Chinese Herbal Medicine


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Autoimmunity is on the rise. In this course, Dr. Fruehauf outlines a methodology for understanding and treating these mystery syndromes using classical Chinese medicine. Integrating twenty years of clinical experience in the treatment of difficult conditions, he introduces the roles of the spleen, small intestine, bladder, triple heater, liver and kidney in autoimmune disease. Straightforward and accessible pattern recognition is taught along with formula prescriptions and single herbs for modification that are especially effective in the treatment of autoimmune disease.

  • Understanding autoimmune disorders through Chinese medicine
  • Role of the spleen in autoimmunit
  • Role of the small intestine and bladder in autoimmunity
  • Role of the triple burner in autoimmunity
  • Role of the liver in autoimmunity
  • Role of the kidney in autoimmunity
  • Role of chronic inflammation and “Gu syndrome” in autoimmunity
  • Herbs for treating autoimmunity:
    1. Guizhi (cinnamon twig)
    2. Fuzi (aconite)
    3. Chaihu (bupleurum)
    4. Wanggu (snake gourd),
    5. Jicai (shepherd's purse)
    6. Kucai (sow's thistle)
    7. Yejiaoteng ( polygonatum vine)
    8. Nuzhenzi ( privet fruit)

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.

FREE Webinar (recorded in April 2020) with Heiner Fruehauf -  Chinese Medicine for COVID-19: A Summary of Successful Treatment Approaches Used in China

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This course was a pleasure to take and the knowledge that Dr. Fruehauf shared was invaluable. His understanding of classical Chinese medicine is superb, and he transmits his knowledge clearly and with passion. ~Ken

Dr. Heiner was knowledgable and profound. I really liked the way he approached formula writing and how he interpreted the physiological changes that lead up to autoimmune diseases. ~Carol

A great program on how to apply TCM correctly for autoimmune disorders. ~Lance

Had the impression Hiener could have spoken longer on herb combinations. ~Troy

It felt a little rushed at the end of the course, especially going though the herbs. I have the feeling I need to go through the formulas a few more times by myself to really grasp what was taught. But great material and new perspectives. Heiner is very knowledgable. ~Elaine

I would have liked more outlined notes for the pathology portion of the lecture

Still hoping that Heiner will share more regarding specific herb dosages within formulas in future seminars. The timing was such that discussion of the formulas were rushed. Since theory is usually a review in seminars, I would much prefer that the bulk of the seminar be devoted to the herbal applications (discussions of how the formulas are built, and the herbs are prescribed along with dosage of components). Also, if you are expecting that participants read and digest articles as part of the course (as was the case here) and the seminar is a full four hours (as was in this case), CEU's should be increased to reflect the extra time involved for the participant.

Great course. Lots of new ideas and approaches to treating difficult syndromes. The presenter's knowledge is amazing.~Laura

I had to watch this program three times and overall it took me at least 10 hours to absorb all there was to say here. Perhaps should be a bit longer allotment of time at the outset, with more PDAs. ~Laura

Loads of great information I can use in my practice right away! ~Erin