Classical Strategies for Effective Herbal Formulation, Part 7: Fuzi Family - Course 2

The main Fuzi Family Formulas Pt II: Actions, Indications, Modifications, Case Studies

Dr. Fruehauf continues the exploration of representative Fuzi family formulas, including therapeutic actions, indications and clinical applications. Case studies explain how to modify/combine formulas to address specific patient presentations.

Heiner Fruehauf
Heiner Fruehauf

Course Overview

Dr. Heiner Fruehauf's master class on Chinese herbal medicine deepens the lifelong learner’s mastery of herbal prescribing by rooting their understanding in classical principles and practices. It accommodates the needs and interests of all levels, from students of Chinese medicine and newer practitioners to seasoned practitioners who are ever-refining their capacity to successfully treat any condition presenting in the clinic.


For each of eight major herb families, Heiner describes the energetic properties of the lead herb, common herb pairs, and the major herbal formulas. Case examples are presented to provide a clinical context for learning the indications for particular formulas within each family. With this base of knowledge, practitioners can stand on firm ground while being flexible in their ability to design herbal treatments that effectively treat the complex patterns manifesting in our increasingly out-of-balance world.


In the second session, Heiner continues to explore representative formulas in the Fuzi family. He discusses their historical context, dosages, formula architecture, therapeutic actions, indications, and clinical applications. The focus is on Qianyang Dan. Case studies and discussions of Guanyin Pearls, Peace Pearls and Heart Pearls are used to explain how to modify/combine formulas to address specific presenting patterns.


  • Explore the Fire Spirit School of Chinese herbal medicine and discuss their emphasis on use of Fuzi in herbal prescribing.

  • Discuss Qianyang Dan, a preeminent Fire Spirit School formula. Includes a historical context, formula variations, structure, dosages, indications, typical presentations and applications, and case examples.

  • Discuss the modification of Qianyang Dan using both single herbs and entire formulas. Explore the hallmark symptoms or features that allow you to choose the most appropriate modification for presenting patterns.


  • 0 hrs - 30 min

    Heiner discusses the Fire Spirit School of Chinese herbal medicine and its emphasis of using Fuzi in herbal prescribing. He continues to explore the classical significance of Fuzi and cites examples from classical sources.

  • 30 min - 1 hrs

    Heiner explores the Fuzi family of formulas. The focus is Qianyang Dan. He addresses historical context, formula structure, formula variations, and dosages.

  • 1 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Heiner explains how to modify Qianyang Dan to achieve a desired effect for presenting patterns using single herbs and formulas. He addresses historical context, formula structure, dosages, indications, typical applications and case examples.

  • 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs

    Heiner continues to explore how to modify Qianyang Dan with single herbs and entire formulas. The focus is on formulas Suanzaoren Tang, Anmian Tang, Erzhi Ean, and other minor formulas. He uses Guanyin Pearls, Peace Pearls and Love Pearls as examples.

  • 2 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    The final 30 minutes is devoted to a question and answer period. Questions will be selected from those posted in the Zoom chat based on relevance for the whole group.


Heiner Fruehauf

Heiner Fruehauf is the Founding Professor of the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. As a practitioner, Dr. Fruehauf focuses on the complementary treatment of difficult and recalcitrant diseases, including cancer, chronic respiratory and digestive disorders, and inflammation of the nervous system.


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    Approved By: NCCAOM (2.5), Florida (2.5), California [Until 2025/02/24]* (2.5), Standard Certificate (2.5)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 2.5 h

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