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Addressing the Root of all Disease: Secrets for Treating Digestive Disorders


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Human health is dependent on the constant replenishment of post-natal qi that we derive from the food we eat and the air we breathe. Due to the central importance of the Earth element in Chinese medicine, many classical traditions thus focus on regulating the spleen/stomach, even when modern medicine does not identify any pathological changes in the digestive tract.

In addition, the modern industrial era has brought unique challenges to the natural process of digestion. Globalism has introduced a diversity of foods from all over the world into our diets at a rate that is unprecedented in the evolution of the human species. Our food has also undergone major changes in the ways of processing, additives, preservatives, genetic engineering, pesticides, hormones, chemical fertilizers and mono-crops. Faced with these rapid transformations in food production, locale, and seasonal availability, it is no surprise that a large percentage of our patients are suffering from digestive issues that range from allergies/sensitivities to chronic inflammatory bowel conditions.

Following in the footsteps of the “Earth School” of classical Chinese medicine, Dr. Heiner Fruehauf will share the clinical experiences of his teachers as well as his personal experiences from two decades of treating chronic patients by regulating the Earth element. In this four hour course, he will share his perspectives on treating chronic digestive disorders using classical Chinese herbal formulas as well as adjunctive therapies including dietary modification and nutritional supplementation.

  • Gain perspective on digestive pathologies in modern society
  • Learn to clinically differentiate between different patterns of digestive pathologies
  • Learn key herbal formulas, single herbs and herb pairs that can be used in the treatment of digestive disorders

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.


$99.95 USD

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