Heiner Fruehauf to Speak at National College of Natural Medicine

World-Renowned Chinese Medicine Scholar Helps Revive Lost Medical Science

Marilynn Considine

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 29, 2009)—Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, founding professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), returns to campus Saturday, May 9, to lecture as part of the medical school’s “Classical Roots” speaker series. Widely acclaimed in China and throughout the world for his breakthrough research in classical Chinese medicine, Dr. Fruehauf, who has taught and served at NCNM since 1992, has been the leading proponent to revive this nearly lost science of medicine.

His talk, “Chinese Medical Alchemy, the Clinical Significance of the 72 Material Manifestations,” will summarize the findings of his internationally acclaimed ten-year research project on the alchemical origins of Chinese medicine, illustrating the close connection between ancient Chinese philosophy and the medicine that emerged from it.

NCNM President David J. Schleich, PhD, said, “Dr. Fruehauf’s enormous contributions to natural medicine are only beginning to be recognized. NCNM long ago understood that his pioneering study of the nearly extinct science and art of classical Chinese medicine could help revive this long-cherished medical practice. It is NCNM’s distinct honor to have a scholar of Dr. Fruehauf’s depth and breadth on our campus.”

Dr. Schleich noted that Professor Fruehauf draws crowds of Chinese medicine enthusiasts wherever he speaks, including mainland China, where he became the first non-Chinese person to be awarded a professorship at Guangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Fruehauf has researched East Asian civilizations and Chinese medicine for more than 30 years. After studying comparative literature, philosophy, sinology, and Chinese medicine at universities in Germany, China, Japan and the U.S., he received a PhD from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. During five years in China, he researched Chinese medicine both within the institutionalized model at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as within the traditional lineage system of classical Chinese medicine that continues to function outside government schools.

In addition to his tenure as NCNM founding professor, Dr. Fruehauf has an active private practice in the Columbia River Gorge area, specializing in the treatment and prevention of chronic, difficult and recalcitrant diseases with Chinese herbs. His long list of published works continues to garner acclaim and admiration. Last year he was recognized for his contributions to Chinese medicine by the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, which honored him with its distinguished “Building Bridges of Integration” award.

Dr. Fruehauf’s lecture will be held in Room 321 of NCNM’s academic building, 049 SW Porter Street in Portland, on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. For more information or to register for the event, go to www.ncnm.edu/continuing-education.php or contact ceregister@ncnm.edu.

ABOUT NCNM: Founded in 1956, NCNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America. A nonprofit college of natural medicine, NCNM offers four-year graduate medical degree programs in Naturopathic Medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine. Its teaching clinics offer free and low-cost medical care throughout the Portland metropolitan area and treat more than 40,000 patients per year. NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute is a nonprofit research institute that conducts rigorous independent research to advance the science of natural medicine in order to improve clinical practice. Until July 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.