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The Spleen: Unique Clinical Applications of Classical Herbal Strategies


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The Spleen, as the body’s central Earth organ, plays a pivotal role in Chinese medicine. It is involved in a multitude of pathologies, ranging from chronic digestive disorders and chronic fatigue to auto-immune disorders and cancer. In this three hour course, Dr. Heiner Fruehauf will integrate the standard TCM understanding of the Spleen organ system with his research into the symbolism of classical cosmology. In addition, he will incorporate clinical perspectives from the Fire Spirit Lineage of herbal medicine and the Wang Fengyi tradition of five element emotional healing. The wide angle of the presentation will provide an expanded clinical understanding of the Spleen as well as unique clinical strategies for the treatment of Spleen pathology.

• Review Spleen physiology and pathology
• Learn about the cosmological symbol field associated with the Spleen and how it can inform the clinical diagnosis and treatment of this organ system
• Understand the role of the Spleen in common disorders that present in the clinic (chronic digestive issues, food sensitivities, blood disorders, reproductive disorders, auto-immunity, cancer)
• Learn key single herbs, herb pairs and herbal formulas that can be used to address Spleen pathology
• Understand the emotional characteristics of the Spleen organ system from the perspective of the Wang Fengyi lineage of emotional 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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