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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.


$125.00 USD

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