Heiner Freuhaf is an amazing and generous teacher. He has the perfect blend of academic and clinical experience. I really enjoy all of his classes.
~ Yvonne

Prof. Fruehauf’s lecture will introduce the ancient Chinese medical concept of "Gu Syndrome," and underscore its outstanding clinical significance for the modern Chinese medicine practitioner.

The presentation consists of an analysis of the mental and physical ramifications of "Gu" or "Rottenness Syndrome" as described in classical Chinese texts, a discussion of Gu cases treated by the presenter, and detailed clinical instructions for the herbal treatment of systemic funguses, parasites, viruses, spirochetes (especially Lyme Disease) and other hidden pathogens. In addition, the speaker will present related content from his research about the Wang Fengyi tradition of Five Element Emotional Healing (xingli liaobing).


  • Understanding the classical concept of “Gu Syndrome” (guzheng)
  • Identification of “Gu Syndrome” patients in the clinic: presenting
  • practical solutions for many chronic and recalcitrant diseases in the modern Western clinic
  • Learn short term and long term treatment strategies for “Gu Syndrome” patients
  • Learn herbal formulas for the treatment of “Gu Syndrome” 
This Course Includes:
Herbology, TCM Theory
Category 1
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Heiner Fruehauf


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 College of Classical Chinese Medicine at National University 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.

Heiner Fruehauf


Heiner Freuhaf is an amazing and generous teacher. He has the perfect blend of academic and clinical experience. I really enjoy all of his classes.
~ Yvonne

Always an excellent learning opportunity presented by Heiner.
~ Lisa

~ James

Very interesting and relevant information. I am looking forward to learning more and applying this knowledge in clinic. With the growing number of patients with "mysterious " symptoms this information comes at a good time.
~ Gabrielle

How many ways can I say how clearly & concise Heiner presents complicated information. I treat a lot of chronic lyme, and already rely heavily on Pearls formulas, and I still got lots of helpful clinically-pertinent information.
~ Kellie