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The Heart: Unique Clinical Applications of Classical Herbal Strategies

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The Heart: Unique Clinical Applications of Classical Herbal Strategies


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The Heart is the emperor of the organ networks” is a central phrase in the tenets of classical Chinese medicine. Despite this central emphasis on the Heart, the actual role of this network in both the cardiovascular and emotional disorders that plague modern society is rarely explored. It is not always clear to contemporary Chinese medicine practitioners how “The heart is the root of all life.” How can one diagnose and treat at the Heart level in everyday Chinese medicine practice?

In this webinar, Dr. Fruehauf explores these questions to deepen common understanding of the Heart organ system. In addition to unique herbal approaches, he shares his clinical insights into the importance of the emotions in classical Chinese medicine and the relationship between the emotional and physical layers of the self. He will integrate multiple layers of information from his own research into the ancient symbolism associated with each organ network, relevant material from ancient medical texts, Shanghan lun herbal theory, herbal knowledge from the Southern Fire Spirit School and the Northern imperial lineage of Dr. Wu Sheng’an, as well as his own clinical experience. Materials presented will focus on direct clinical application.

  • Review Heart physiology and pathology
  • Learn about the ancient cosmological symbol field associated with the Heart and how it can inform the clinical diagnosis and treatment of this organ system
  • Explore the clinical relevance of the concept “All disease comes from the Heart”.
  • Learn about classical herbal Strategies for treating Heart pathology
  • Learn about the Wang Fengyi lineage of five element healing

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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