Classical Strategies for Effective Herbal Formulation, Part 8: Ginseng & Anti-Ginseng - Course 1

Considerations for Treating Gu Syndrome and Other Deficiency-Based Diseases: Renshen Family

Dr. Fruehauf explores representative Renshen 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 this session devoted to the Renshen family, Heiner discusses the nature of Renshen as a chief herb, and introduces representative formulas. He discusses their historical context, dosages, formula architecture, therapeutic actions, indications, and clinical applications. The focus is on Lizhong Wan, Si Junzi Tang, Liu Junzi Tang, Shen Ling Baizhu San, Shengmai San, Buzhong Yiqi Tang, Guipi Tang and Shuyu Wan. Case studies and a discussion of Amber Pearls are used to explain how to modify/combine formulas to address specific presenting patterns.


  • Describe the energetic properties and actions of Renshen. Discuss the sourcing of Renshen. Explore common herb pairings in Renshen formulas.

  • Discuss Si Junzi Tang, Liu Junzi Tang, Shen Ling Baizhu San, Lizhong Wan, Shengmai San, Buzhong Yiqi, Guipi Tang, and Shuyu Wan, addressing historical context, structure, dosages, indications, typical applications and case examples.

  • Explain the hallmark symptoms or features that allow you to choose the most appropriate remedy for common presenting patterns, given the Renshen formulas presented.

  • Describe how to craft modifications of the given Renshen formulas and/or suggest formula combinations that will achieve a desired therapeutic effect for unique presenting patterns.


  • 0 hrs - 30 min

    Heiner discusses the energetic properties and actions of Renshen, including traditional sourcing and preparation methods and importance of this herb in the Chinese materia medica. Common herb pairings are discussed.

  • 30 min - 1 hrs

    Heiner explores the Renshen family of formulas. The focus is Si Junzi Tang, Liu Junzi Tang, Shen Ling Baizhu San and related formula Lizhong Wan. He addresses historical context, formula structure, dosages, indications, applications & case examples.

  • 1 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Heiner continues exploring the Renshen family of formulas. He focuses on Shengmai San, Buzhong Yiqi Tang, Guipi Tang, and Shuyu Wan. He addresses the historical context, formula structure, dosages, indications, typical applications and case examples.

  • 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs

    Heiner explains how to modify and/or combine Renshen formulas to achieve a desired effect for presenting patterns. He uses Amber Pearls, which combines Shen Ling Baizhu San with a classical Ming Dynasty formula Buwei Yaotaixue Fang, as an example.

  • 2 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    The final 30 minutes will be 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: Florida (2.5), California [Until 2025/02/01]* (2.5), NCCAOM (2.5), Standard Certificate (2.5)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 2.5 h

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