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Women's Health: Supporting Fertility and Endocrine Function with Chinese Herbs


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The staggering complexity of the female reproductive system, with its close ties to the cyclical changes in nature, was well understood by the ancient Chinese.

In this seminar, Dr. Fruehauf will introduce a classically based clinical understanding of the female endocrine system that greatly expands upon the standard TCM understanding of a Liver blood based female physiology. Coursework is designed to expose practitioners to both classical concepts of female physiology and current threats to female reproductive health.

The materials presented will culminate in practical herbal strategies that can be used to immediately address female endocrine pathology in clinical practice.  

Course Objectives

Understand a classical perspective for women's reproductive health
Understand modern threats and challenges to female reproductive health from a Chinese medical perspective
Understand the physiological role of the spleen, lung, liver, pericardium, triple warmer and gallbladder in female reproductive health
Explore the primary classical female archetypes relevant to issues of women's health
Expand understanding of pattern based differentiation for female health issues
Learn classical applications of herbal formulas for the treatment of female endocrine disorders such as infertility, menstrual pain, menstrual irregularity, PMS, masses or accumulation in the breasts or pelvic region and menopausal symptoms



  1. Integrated theory for working with the endocrine system
  2. Review of relevant physiology
  3. Outline of modern threats and challenges that face the female endocrine system
  4. The spleen: physiology and archetype
  5. The lung: physiology and pathology
  6. The pericardium: physiology and archetype
  7. The liver: physiology and archetype
  8. The triple warmer and gallbladder: physiology and pathology
  9. How to treat specific female disorders with classical herbalism
    1. myomas, cysts and tumors
    2. rregular menstruation and pms
    3. menopause
    4. infertility and issues during pregnancy
  10. Case Studies
  11. Q&A throughout course and at end

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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