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Constitutional Therapy in Chinese Medicine: Practical Ways for Terrain Restoration in Patients with Chronic and Recalcitrant Diseases
Chinese medicine is a system of healing that aims to "treat the source of disease." The foundational theory of classical Chinese medicine provides us with a variety of diagnostic systems for individual pattern differentiation. The modern transmission of TCM diagnostics, however, is often limited to the five phase element system of zang-fu differentiation. By drawing an outline of the 12 constitutional archetypes of classical Chinese medicine. Dr. Fruehauf will invigorate an interest in the original 12-systems of the ancient science of symbolic characterization. In conclusion, it suggests more precise options for constitutional approaches, especially the long-term treatment of chronic and difficult cases.
Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, L.Ac.
Heiner Fruehauf has researched East Asian civilizations and Chinese Medicine for 30 years. After studying comparative literature, philosophy, sinology, and Chinese medicine at universities in Germany, China, Japan and the United States, he received a Ph.D. from the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. During five years in China, he researched Chinese medicine both within the institutionalized TCM model (Chengdu University of TCM), as well as the traditional lineage system that continues to function outside government schools. He founded the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he has taught and practiced since 1992. His interest in preserving some of the traditional features of Chinese medicine led him to develop a database dedicated to the archiving of classical knowledge, and an herbal patent series for chronic and difficult diseases (Classical Pearls). A selection of his publications, as well as archived video lectures of him and other contemporary scholar physicians are accessible at www.ClassicalChineseMedicine.org
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Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, L.Ac.
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.