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av-herbalismChinese herbal medicine is a highly sophisticated system of identifying and energetically describing medicinal materials in nature. While this system has survived in more prolific form than any other body of ancient healing, the subtleties of its practice are in the process of becoming forgotten today. This section is dedicated to preserving the core knowledge of the alchemical science of harvesting, processing, combining, preparing, and ingesting herbs in the various lineages of Chinese herbal prescription.

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The Importance of Herbal Processing (paozhi) in the Clinical Science of Chinese Medicine (3 parts)

HU CHANGJIANG
College of Pharmacology, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Total running time: 64 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

In this lecture series, one of China's last remaining experts in the field of herbal alchemy gives a passionate introduction to the forgotten science of paozhi. He explains how processing raw herbs with honey, vinegar, alcohol, clay and other transformative substances can affect their clinical potency and direction.

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The Six Conformations (liujing): Reflections by a Shanghan Expert (2 Parts)

LIU LIHONG
Institute for the Clinical Research of Classical Chinese Medicine, Guangxi University of TCM
Total running time: 56 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

The organization of the 12 organ systems into 3 yang pairs and 3 yin pairs and the associated system of six conformation diagnostics (liujing bianzheng) remains one of the less explored areas of contemporary Chinese medicine. 25 years ago, Dr. Liu Lihong wrote one of China's first doctoral dissertations in the field of Chinese medicine on the six conformation approach to diagnosis and therapy. Since then, he has become known for his deep and clinically relevant lectures on this classical system that was first outlined in the Neijing and Shanghan lan.

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Restoring the Vital Link Between Gut Chemistry and Brain Chemistry: Using Chinese Herbs to Treat Food Allergies, Leaky Gut Syndrome, IBS, SIBO and GAPS (2 Parts)

HEINER FRUEHAUF
National University of Natural Medicine,
College of Classical Chinese Medicine

Total running time: 96 mins.
English

In this 2-part series, Heiner Fruehauf explains how to restore gut terrain with Chinese herbs and re-establish the important connection between the body's digestive system and the nervous system and brain. Particularly, he focuses on digestive impairments such as food allergies, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, and gut and physiology syndrome.

Formula Family Series: Baihe Tang, Sini San, and Xiexin Tang Formulas (3 Parts)

ZENG RONGXIU
Five Branches University; National University of Natural Medicine, College of Classical Chinese Medicine
Total running time: 167 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

An 84-year old master of the Tian Heming Shanghan lineage of Sichuan herbalism shares practical case examples that illuminate important aspects of Shanghan lun formula application.

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A Synthesis of liujing bianzheng (Six Conformation Diagnostics) and the Practical Application of Shanghan lun Formulas (3 Parts)

ZENG RONGXIU
Five Branches University; National University of Natural Medicine, College of Classical Chinese Medicine
Total running time: 178 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

Dr. Zeng was a veteran physician from Chengdu (Sichuan) who specialized in the treatment of difficult and recalcitrant diseases with herbal formulas from the Shanghan lan and Jingui yaolüe. The simplicity of his clinical approach, combined with the fervent belief that all disease can be healed with natural methods, transmit the core essence of the practical aspects of classical Chinese medicine. Until his passing in 2014, he was living in retirement in Los Angeles and continued to teach students at Five Branches University and the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine.

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Understanding Cancer: Spiritual and Physical Reasons for Its Development and Complementary Treatment Strategies with Chinese Herbs (3 Parts)

HEINER FRUEHAUF
National University of Natural Medicine,
College of Classical Chinese Medicine

Total running time: 148 mins.
English

Heiner Fruehauf found his way to the profession of classical Chinese medicine more than two decades ago while healing from cancer. Since then, he has explored many alternative cancer treatments and accumulated a host of information on how to accompany conventional treatments of cancer with Chinese herbs, Qigong, emotional therapy, and other modalities. In this multi-part lecture at his home in the Sandy River Gorge in Oregon, Heiner systematically shares his clinical approach to this difficult disorder.

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Clinical Realizations of a Chinese Medicine Physician (2 Parts)

LU CHONGHAN
Associate Professor, Chengdu University of TCM
Total running time: 120 mins.
Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles

In this passionate video lecture, the main successor of the Sichuan “Fire Spirit” school of aconite, ginger, and cinnamon usage reveals the clinical secrets of his herbal lineage. In an unveiled challenge to the textbook parameters of TCM, Dr. Lu contents that support of yang-qi must override most superficial symptoms of heat and yin deficiency.

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The Foundation of Life: How to Ensure Clinical Success by Safeguarding the Yang (3 Parts)

LIU LIHONG
Institute for the Clinical Research of Classical Chinese Medicine, Guangxi College of TCM
Total running time: 180 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

In the final installment of this 3-part lecture series, Prof. Liu Lihong, the author of the best-selling book Sikao zhongyi (Rethinking Chinese Medicine) and one of the leading proponents of the so-called Fire School of Chinese herbalism, lays out in great detail the theoretical reasons for using the herbs aconite, cinnamon, and ginger as the keystone for the treatment of most chronic and severe illnesses.

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On the Concept of “Fang” (Formula Science): The Design and Clinical Power of Guizhi Tang (Cinnamon Decoction) (2 Parts)

LIU LIHONG
Institute for the Clinical Research of Classical Chinese Medicine, Guangxi College of TCM
Total running time: 120 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

In this educational presentation filled with important practical clinical information, Prof. Liu Lihong offers insight into "fang", or formula science. He utilizes guizhi tang (cinnamon decoction), one of the premier and most important formulas in Chinese herbalism, as the example to illuminate his lesson.

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King of 100 Herbs: The Central Role of Aconite in the Fire Spirit Lineage (3 Parts)

LIU LIHONG
Institute for the Clinical Research of Classical Chinese Medicine, Guangxi College of TCM
Total running time: 180 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

Aconite plays a central role in the classical materia medica, yet is rarely used anymore by Chinese herbalists in modern clinical practice. Dr. Liu Lihong, China's most prominent proponent of yang tonic therapy and a formal disciple of the Fire Spirit Lineage of Southwest China illuminates the rich story of aconite in this lecture. He explains the reasons why it has become a forgotten herb, and what needs to be done to reclaim it as one of the most powerful healing substances in the treatment of difficult and recalcitrant diseases.

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Herb Pairs: Mastering the Alchemical Element of Chinese Herbal Medicine (2 Parts)

DENG ZHONGJIA
Chengdu University of TCM
Total running time: 134 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

In this concise and data-packed lecture, China's premier expert on herb combinations and herbal formulas illuminates one of the most important yet little talked about aspects of Chinese herbology. In this segment he focuses on the laws of alchemy, by explaining how the combining and dosing of single herbs can emphasize one specific function of a multi-spectrum herb over another.

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Gu Syndrome: Effective Ancient Approaches to Chronic Inflammatory Disease and Other Silent Epidemics of Our Time (2 Parts)

HEINER FRUEHAUF
National University of Natural Medicine
College of Classical Chinese Medicine

Total running time: 120 mins.
English

The concept of Gu Syndrome ("Possession Syndrome") is an important feature of classical Chinese medicine that has been thoroughly misunderstood and subsequently disappeared from the historical record of TCM. During the last 15 years, Dr. Fruehauf has tirelessly researched this topic to demonstrate how forgotten ancient medical wisdom can provide effective solutions for difficult clinical problems in our time. In his most detailed lecture on the subject to date, he explains how Qing Dynasty Gu-parasitology can provide unique approaches to chronic infections caused by viruses, fungi, spirochetes, and intestinal parasites--beneficial information for practitioners treating patients who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, IBS, and related auto-immune disorders with "strange" symptoms.

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Conversations with the Salt Doctor (2 Parts)

JIAN YUGUANG
Sichuan Province
Total running time: 120 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

An accomplished Sichuanese village doctor who hails from a long lineage that traces its roots to the Ming dynasty Daoist alchemist Zhang Sanfeng talks about his discipleship studies and life-long clinical usage of an alchemical remedy made from brine and salt. According to him and his teachers, it represents the lost remedy of the miraculous "tangye laoli" (decoctions and medicinal wines) that is the topic of Neijing chapter 14.

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Clinical Insights from a Fever School Expert (Part 2)

ZHANG ZHIWEN
Professor, Chengdu University of TCM
Total running time: 45 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English
by Heiner Fruehauf

In Part 2 of a 2-part interview, China’s most distinguished Fever School expert explores diagnostic parameters and main treatment approaches of the Fever School of Chinese herbalism (includes case examples).

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