Classical Chinese Medicine2022-06-22T16:29:13-07:00

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Classical Chinese Medicine reflects the voices of an international movement seeking to honour and restore the classical origins of Chinese medicine.

This site features articles, lectures, and practical demonstrations by Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D., L.Ac., Founding Professor of the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and a group of like-minded scholars in China and the West who are committed to transmit the time-honoured science of Eastern medicine as a highly sophisticated and deeply spiritual art form.

The primary goal of the site is to become an archive for a variety of unique material on Classical Chinese Medicine and its importance in clinical and educational settings. We feature an extensive collection of video-taped lectures and previously unpublished written material. We invite you to engage with the material on the site and participate in constructive dialogue. Our goal is to foster interaction between students, practitioners, and scholars of Chinese medicine in order to preserve its essence and promote its importance around the world.

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Upcoming Events

IN-PERSON RETREAT
The Heart of Chinese Medicine: Essential Transmissions from Senior Practitioners

JULY 15-22, 2022
Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon (US)

FOR PRACTITIONERS AND STUDENTS OF CHINESE MEDICINE

Appropriate for students through seasoned practitioners, this 8-day summer retreat will bring to life the fundamental principles of Chinese medicine through the interplay of presentations, hands-on sessions and cultivation practices. Dr. Heiner Fruehauf, Dr. Bob Quinn, and Dr. David Berkshire will share their unique and experienced perspectives on the most fundamental principles of this ancient medical system: Zhong (“The Center”), Tong (“Connection”) and Ziran (“Autopoiesis”), and how they inform the following:

  • The Four Qi and the Five Phase-Elements
  • Five Phase- Element emotional healing in the Confucian tradition
  • Classical Chinese cosmology and the alchemical relationship of microcosm and macrocosm as a core concept of Chinese medicine

In addition, Drs. Quinn and Berkshire are offering two standalone workshops following the main retreat that serve to deepen the work from the retreat.

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IN-PERSON RETREAT
Revitalizing Eco-Retreat

December 12-19, 2022
Playa Viva, Mexico

A MESSAGE FROM HEINER FRUEHAUF

My German ancestors, physicians in the European Nature Cure tradition, all emphasized the importance of rest and relaxation in natural settings. Since I was a little boy, therefore, oceans and mountains and forests have always held the promise of revitalization for me. I like nothing better than to spend my vacations on undeveloped earth, preferably in places that offer authentic regional food! While the combination of pristine natural scenery and delectable cooking is hard to find, there are several places in the world where I regularly return to because they embody this formula. Playa Viva, an eco-resort situated on an undeveloped stretch of the Pacific Coast in Mexico, is such a place.

I invite you to join me at Playa Viva for a glorious immersion in the bounties of nature—perfect temperature salt water, dolphins swimming by the breakfast table, hatching turtles, sunrise walks along miles of pristine beach, daily qigong sessions in an oceanside studio, and lovingly prepared organic meals made from materials produced on-site.

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In Memoriam
Remembering Prof. Deng Zhongjia
1943-2022

A MESSAGE FROM HEINER FRUEHAUF

Prof Deng ZhongjiaIt is with great sadness that I inform you of Prof. Deng Zhongjia’s passing on February 26, 2022. Prof. Deng’s prolific work and academic philosophy was perhaps the most important influence on the process of founding the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at NUNM thirty years ago.

Born into a family of professors in Shanghai, he contracted an optic nerve inflammation as a teenager and soon thereafter was declared blind. With the help of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Qigong he was able to miraculously recover his eyesight, an event that inspired him to pursue Chinese medicine as a career. After graduating from Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology in 1970, he was assigned to work in the mountainous regions of Kham in Western Sichuan at the time of the so-called Cultural Revolution when all intellectuals were sent to the countryside for manual labor or service duties. He moved to a remote hamlet near Mt. Gongga (25,000 feet) primarily populated by Tibetans, where he became the lone physician for a colony of lepers. Faced with a host of severely ill patients right after graduation, he devoted himself to the study of clinical Chinese medicine handbooks created over a span of 1,800 years. He administered herbal treatments based on his research and eventually succeeded in discharging all of his leprosy patients as cured.

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