Episode 31 Lyme Disease And Chinese Medicine with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf

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.

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • How did you get into Chinese Medicine?
  • Can you tell us a bit about how Chinese Medicine approaches illness?
  • There’s a lot of misconception in our society that we should have a quick fix to our illness, like taking Tylenol and the pain goes away within minutes.  Can you tell us how Chinese Medicine is different to this?
  • How does Chinese Medicine diagnose syndromes?
  • Can you tell us a bit about Lyme Disease and what that is?
  • Before I knew I had Lyme Disease and was in school, I was learning all the different diagnosis patterns and found I had a disharmony is all my organs.  Is this something that you see commonly with Lyme?
  • What is gu syndrome?
  • What was your first experience with gu syndrome?
  • How do you see this manifest?
  • What’s the difference between “brain gu” and “digestive gu”?
  • How does this affect the spirit/shen?
  • How is the approach of Chinese medicine different to Western Medicine when treating Lyme disease?
  • Is there a difference in treatment for symptoms if someone has gu syndrome as compared to just those symptoms without gu syndrome? For example anxiety that comes with gu syndrome, or anxiety that is part of an organ disharmony?
  • The Western medicine approach to treating Lyme disease is with months or years of antibiotics, how do you see this affecting people?
  • How do you first approach treating Lyme disease?
  • There are a lot of people who contract Lyme who have no to very little symptoms, and some people who get debilitated with illness.  Is there a common pattern you see with both of these?
  • There is a lot of talk in the Lyme world about specific Chinese herbs, like coptis and andrographis.  How do you feel about the application of these herbs out side of formulas, and used for long periods of time?
  • How do you approach the autoimmune aspect of Lyme with Chinese Medicine?
  • Can you tell us a bit about the herbal formulas that you have made to treat Lyme disease?
  • One concern a lot of people have with Chinese herbs is the integrity of the herbs, as there can be a lot of pollution and heavy metals in Chinese herbs.  How do you manage this wit your formulas?
  • What changes do you see when people go through treatment?
  • In the treatment of Lyme, we know that it takes a lot of time, and there is a herxheimer reaction, how to do you help people deal with this?
  • What approach do you take to help with the emotional roller coaster that people go on?
  • Is there a way people can get ahold of you if they have questions, or want to pursue treatment?