Dr. Fruehauf's approach to Shang Han Lun and classical Chinese medicine is deeply welcome and satisfying, theoretically and clinically. His engaged and practical teaching style is both intellectually fun and incredibly useful. I loved this seminar and was able to put what I learned to immediate use.
~ Donna

In several classical Chinese medical lineages, the lung organ system is at the center of health and vitality. It is after all, “the master of qi” and source of all vitality. Yet, in TCM it is too often relegated solely to the realms of respiration and immunity. In this seminar, Dr. Fruehauf explores his deep personal interest in the role of the lung in physiology and pathology.

Materials presented will represent decades of research into this topic as well as the expertise he has derived from a clinical practice that has specialized in this area for over twenty years. He will present unique clinical strategies grounded in personal research and clinical practice that are intended to support practitioners in an in depth and sophisticated herbal approach to treating the vast array of pathologies that can manifest through the lung.


  • Expanded lung physiology and symbolism
  • Expanded lung pathology
  • The role of the lung in chronic disease
  • The lung in the classical texts of Chinese medicine
  • The role of the lung in the Wu Shengan lineage
  • Role of the lung in the Tian Heming lineage
  • Herbal formulas for lung pathology a. Shejiexinjiang Tang b. Guizhi Tang c. Xiao Chaihu Tang d. Lingguizhugan Tang e. Yanghe Tang f. Weijing Tang g. Xiao Xianxiong Tang h. Bai he formulas j. Suzi Lihou Tang
  • Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Herbalism: Alchemy, Direction, Stability and Modification
  • Case studies and Q&A
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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.

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Dr. Fruehauf's expertise really comes out in this course. His deep understanding of the classics of Chinese medicine brought a whole new way to look at the Lung system. I look forward to doing the rest of the series.

~ Harris

With so much clarification of the information we learned in school, Fruehauf has helped me crack the cases that perplexed my instructors and myself back when I was only treating in the school clinic. ~ James

I am grateful for him sharing his accumulated wisdom and knowledge from the masters and his clinical experience. Thank you!!
~ Whitney

It was an amazing seminar. i listened to it twice. It is so rich and full of Information ~ Maureen

I'm very new to herbology and am looking forward to using these formulas in my practice! ~ Christine