Lyme Disease and Chinese Medicine with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf
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Date: May 23, 2016
Options for treating Chronic Lyme Disease without using antibiotics can be confusing, and sometimes feel limited. There is an overload of information for those who are also suffering from cognitive impairment and cannot think clearly. This episode is focusing on Chinese Medicine for the treatment of this debilitating chronic illness. Dr. Heiner Fruehauf has founded the company Classical Pearls, making several products to help treat the emerging illness. When treating chronic infections like Lyme Disease, Chinese Medical doctors are trained to treat the whole person, not just the disease. Taking into consideration each patient’s specific needs and using Chinese Medicine Theory, Dr. Fruehauf treats Chronic Lyme Disease in a gentle way, using specific herbs for each person. This is the last of four episodes in May for Lyme awareness month.
Dr. Risk’s Thoughts
Since I am a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, this is, of course, an important topic for me. How we view this disease is just as important as how we treat it. I find Lyme patients are often over methylated, as Dr. Fruehauf talks about when he says too many “draining and cooling” herbs are used. Those of us suffering from Lyme don’t just have an infection that can be cleared with a week of antibiotics. We have a multi-faceted disease that has affected and damaged every system in our body. If we continually focus on killing the bugs and detoxing, and not recovering those systems, we will never get better. Dr. Fruehauf’s approach is so core to how I feel about this disease, that I found this interview refreshing in an area where there is so much confusion.
Dr. Heiner Fruehauf
Dr. Heiner Fruehauf is the Founding Professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has lectured on three continents for more than 30 years, and authored a wide variety of articles and textbooks on Chinese medicine. His interest in preserving some of the traditional features of Oriental medicine led him to develop a database dedicated to the archiving of classical knowledge, where a selection of his publications can be accessed (ClassicalChineseMedicine.org). Out of concern over the rapidly declining quality of medicinals from mainland China, he has founded the company Classical Pearls specializing in the import of wild-crafted and sustainably grown Chinese herbs (ClassicalPearls.org). He also maintains an active clinical practice, specializing in the treatment of chronic and recalcitrant diseases with Chinese herbs. One of his primary areas of specialization is the development of alternative approaches to chronic inflammations of the nervous system.