Heiner Fruehauf Kicks Off Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Celebrated Chinese Medicine Scholar to Launch NCNM Monthly Public Seminars

Marilynn Considine

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 10, 2010)—Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, founding professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), will present the first of a year-long series of monthly lectures by the college at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden on Wed., Feb. 17, in celebration of Chinese New Year. The series, “Ancient Chinese Cosmology: The Grand Cycle of Nature,” will focus on traditional Chinese symbolism, how it reflects the energy associated with each month of the year and its deeper significance to human physiology and health.

Dr. Fruehauf’s presentation, “As Above, So Below: Symbolism of the First Month of the Chinese Calendar,” will discuss how the Tiger symbolically represents the energy of the first month of the year in the Chinese calendar, which is observed this year on February 15. Dr. Fruehauf will also explain the significance of the Tiger imagery and its profound relationship to the human lung in Chinese medicine theory.

Each NCNM lecture in the year-long series will take place on the third Wednesday of the month at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a Portland landmark celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The lectures will all focus on the significance of animal symbolism within the ancient Chinese calendar and its importance and relationship to Chinese medicine.

Widely acclaimed in China and throughout the world for his breakthrough research in classical Chinese medicine, Dr. Fruehauf became the first non-Chinese person to be awarded a professorship at a traditional Chinese medicine institution in mainland China. In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Fruehauf has an active private practice specializing in the treatment of chronic and recalcitrant diseases. In 2008, 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 continues to teach at NCNM since founding the accredited Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) program in 1992. The CCM program offers two four-year programs that train practitioners in classical Chinese medicine. The mission of the degree program is to educate students to become health care professionals in the practice of Oriental medicine as illustrated by the classics, with a particular focus on the holistic spirit of this ancient medicine.

Dr. Fruehauf’s lecture will be held in the Lan Su Chinese Garden’s outdoor pavilion, the Scholar’s Study, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is located at 239 SW Everett in downtown Portland. The event is included in the price of Garden admission and is free with a Garden membership.

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 community clinics offer free and low-cost medical care throughout the Portland metropolitan area, and along with the campus-based NCNM Clinic, manage approximately 40,000 patient visits 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.