Thank You for another wonderful and inspiring Heiner Fruehauf course…
I feel grateful that I was able to get my pro d credits sitting by my fire at home.

Physical pain may, at first glance, appear to be among the less serious conditions that Chinese medical practitioners see in their clinics every day. However, the symptom of pain is rapidly evolving into the major problem seen in Chinese medicine clinics around the world, and dependency on narcotic medication is becoming a clinical issue in its own right.

In this online course, Dr. Heiner Fruehauf will discuss herbal strategies for treating a variety of clinical pain scenarios including pain from acute injury, structural imbalances, arthritis, neuropathy and pain associated with conditions of chronic inflammation (eg Lyme disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Course work will emphasize learning to address the root cause of pain in order to move beyond palliative care toward true rehabilitation.


  • Understand the importance of clinical differentiation and treating the root cause of disease when addressing pain
  • Gain deeper understanding about the physiology of pain from a Chinese medical perspective and the mechanisms by which Chinese herbs restore healthy physiology and relieve pain
  • Learn how to integrate the issue of pain killer dependency in the treatment plan of a typical pain patient
  • Learn how to clinically apply herbal formulas, single herbs and herb pairs that can be used in the treatment of pain
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.

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Thank you! I enjoyed the beginning of the lecture most - especially regarding the translations and history of the understanding of the lung.

Was excellent!

Very succinct and well organized! A real boost for his personal formulas which I am eager to try!
~ Emily

Excellent, enjoyed beginning with larger view of what pain is from classical perspective.

Overall great and informative course. Thank you!
~ Bastian