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Recovering from Acute and Chronic Viral Infections with Chinese Medicine


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This course will introduce students to the theory, history, and practice of Chinese medicine approaches to the recovery from acute viral infections and degenerative after-effects caused by potential autoimmune reactions. The theoretical part of the seminar will utilize traditional Yin-Yang, Five Phase Element and Six Conformation symbolism as well as their relevance for the wuyun liuqi system of seasonal energetics to explain the interrelation of viral outbreaks and specific climate fluctuations. Furthermore, the importance of zhengqi (righteous qi) in the Chinese medicine understanding of the body’s immune response to inflammatory processes will be highlighted.

In addition, a historical excursion into Chinese medicine approaches to epidemics will be provided by drawing on textual evidence from the Huangdi neijing, Shanghan zabing lun, Piwei lun, Wenyi lun and other classical texts. The therapeutic part of the seminar will focus on introducing single herbs researched for their anti-viral effect, as well as their traditional usage in formulas that have been found useful in the treatment of a variety of viral diseases by the instructor during three decades in clinical practice. Specific case studies for various acute and chronic viral diseases will be presented.

In addition, suitable acupuncture points will be discussed, with a particular focus on the shaoyang and jueyin channel systems, which have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goals and Outlines

  • Gain insights into the classical Chinese medicine perspective on viral infection
  • Learn base formulas, single herbs and herb pairs that are useful in the treatment and prevention of viral infections
  • Learn foods to avoid and foods to imbibe in the treatment of viral afflictions
  • Learn Special attention is given to the learned content’s implementation into successful clinical practice:
  • Understand how to apply the anti-viral herbs and formulas to varied clinical presentations
  • Effectively implement the content discussed into students’ clinical practice
  • 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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