Page 1

The human being is one with Heaven and Earth—this is the secret key to understanding the art of medicine. —Zhu Danxi, 14th century Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook 2011-2012

Our Mission: The School of Classical Chinese Medicine at NCNM is committed to transmitting the art, science and spirit of Chinese medicine to cultivate clinical practitioners rooted in the ancient tradition of the medical scholar.

Classical Chinese medicine represents one of humanity’s richest and uninterrupted streams of traditional knowledge. It is a highly sophisticated clinical system that offers a real alternative for the serious health care needs of our time. The 21st century will see a return to the time-honored values of living in harmony with nature and the essence of being fully human. This journey toward genuine health and wholeness is precipitated by the present blossoming of the traditions of holistic medicine, with Chinese medicine blazing the trail. At the National College of Natural Medicine’s School of Classical Chinese Medicine, we are committed to transmitting the deepest and clinically most powerful aspects of this medicine.

— Heiner Fruehauf, LAc, PhD Founding Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

The School of Classical Chinese Medicine encourages you to explore the richness of our community and programs. See if you are drawn to join us on the journey of bringing the true power and spirit of this ancient medicine to those it can serve in today’s world.

4 6 7 8 10

The College The Program Patient Care Our Faculty Our Students

12 14 17 17 18

Our Alumni The City Facts at a Glance Get Aquainted Prerequisites

— Laurie Regan, ND, PhD Dean, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


The College NCNM offers four exceptional degree programs: Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), Master of Acupuncture (MAc), Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR). Our campus, located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, offers students and faculty the benefits and advantages of city living at its most sustainable within an urban setting infused with natural beauty, culture and social conscience. In addition to our onsite teaching clinic, NCNM has access to more than a dozen local clinics offering diverse clinical experiences to students. The college supports a tightly-knit, inspiring learning environment, and a vital, groundbreaking research community.

“The Classical Chinese Medicine Program at NCNM folds the very best traditions of mentoring and lineage into a curriculum that richly integrates and respects the wisdom and philosophy of the ancients.” —David J. Schleich, PhD President, NCNM


NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


The Program

Patient Care

Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc, founded the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at NCNM with the mission of reviving the ancient wisdom and practice of Chinese medicine. His vision attracted a group of like-minded scholar-practitioners from across China and the West. Together, they are committed to training clinicians capable of tapping the true power of this ancient yet timeless system, which is both a highly sophisticated medical science and a deeply

NCNM Teaching Clinic

Community Clinics

The NCNM Clinic—the largest natural medicine clinic in Portland—offers patients the full spectrum of classical Chinese medicine and naturopathic treatments. Our teaching clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive patient care in a professional and healing environment. Unlike most Chinese medicine school clinics, where novice students observe the more advanced students, our CCM students observe the clinical faculty in all aspects of patient diagnosis and treatment. During the internship year, students step into the role of practitioner under the supervision of these same expert clinical faculty. The clinic medicinary carries a comprehensive selection of granular and raw Chinese herbs that are blended and formulated on-site. It also carries an extensive array of natural medicine products.

Working in multiple community environments enables students to gain an appreciation for different practice settings and become skilled at meeting the needs of diverse patient populations. CCM students currently have the opportunity to experience clinical rotations at eight community clinics throughout the greater Portland area. While all of the clinics provide Chinese medicine treatment for a full range of health conditions, each has a particular focus, such as treating homeless youth, immune-compromised patients, or those in need of detoxification/addiction services.

spiritual art form. The CCM faculty and administrators are attentive to the ongoing challenge of providing truly classical training within the framework of a modern graduate curriculum. Most Chinese medicine schools worldwide emphasize a systematized form of the medicine developed over the last century, commonly referred to as “Traditional Chinese Medicine,” or TCM. This standardized approach to the medicine is readily taught in a structured classroom or clinical setting. However, when one explores the ancient roots of TCM, one finds a highly complex system of knowledge (codified in books referred to as the classical texts) that can be learned only through the cultivation of deep respect for nature and a highly individualized relationship with the medicine. In ancient times, such a relationship developed through study of the classical texts in combination with the direct transmission of knowledge, skills, and awareness from a master in a lineage-based system. To capture what is essential from the classical methods of teaching, the CCM programs include classroom instruction that is informed by the classical texts and infused with case discussion and lineage transmission. The classroom experience is complemented with small group mentorship-style instruction and weekend qigong and taiji retreats held in natural settings. Elective classes in subjects such as classical texts, calligraphy, and weiqi (the Chinese board game known as “Go” in Japan) are available for students who wish to connect more deeply with the milieu of the ancient scholar-practitioner.


Master of Science in Oriental Medicine The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) is a fouryear program in which students are immersed in the classical foundations of the medicine, receive a holistic education in Western medical sciences, and are trained in the clinical application of the major modalities of herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, qigong and nutrition. The curriculum has a strong focus on personal and professional cultivation to optimize students’ proficiency as practitioners and to support their health as they progress through school.

Master of Acupuncture The Master of Acupuncture (MAc) three-year program is designed for students with a special affinity for classical acupuncture and moxibustion, who want a more streamlined graduate experience. The foundation of the MAc program is similar to that of the MSOM program, with fewer hours of theory and without the focus on herbal instruction. An increased emphasis is placed on the refinement of palpation skills used in acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.

Master of Acupuncture Professional Track The MAc Professional Track has been developed especially for professional health care practitioners (e.g., NDs, MDs, DOs, DCs, and RNs, etc.), who are likely to qualify for transfer credit for the Western science portion of the program. Courses will be offered primarily in the evenings to accommodate the needs of working professionals seeking to attain a second degree. This professional track is available as a full- or part-time option.

Concurrent Degree Programs While at NCNM, students can undertake any two programs concurrently – ND/MSOM, ND/MAc, ND/MSiMR, MSOM/MSiMR, MAc/MSiMR.

NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


CCM faculty and 2011 graduating class

Our Faculty The CCM faculty is a community of educators, scholars, researchers and master practitioners trained in the classical tradition of Chinese medicine. Through transmission and other lineage-based teaching methods, they bring alive the rich history and philosophy of this multifaceted medical system. They weave together the art and science of theories and practices developed over millennia and mentor students on the practical application of this ancient knowledge in the modern world. Despite


their high-level of individual attainment as health care practitioners and scholars, they are accessible, energetic, and devoted to the success of their students in this rapidly growing field of medicine. Their teaching excellence and scholarly knowledge influences NCNM students well beyond graduation.

Meet the rest of our esteemed faculty:

Xiaoli Chen

Rihui Long

Associate Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

“Many of the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) disappeared from the medicine during the Cultural Revolution. The classical Chinese medicine theories of healing— based on Huangdi Neijing, the ancient Chinese classic, a holistic and energetic view of internal medicine—were altered at that time to focus on a more modern, scientific approach, which then became the standard for teaching TCM.

“Before I came to NCNM to teach 15 years ago, I was an associate professor at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the Cultural Revolution, the past was rejected and the ancient roots were stripped from the medicine in an attempt to bring Western medical standards to the practice of Chinese medicine. Fortunately, the classical texts survived and many of us studied them for years to understand and learn.

“There have been but a handful of teachers who kept the ancient, classical approach to Chinese medicine alive. Dr. Heiner Fruehauf and the Chinese doctors at NCNM are lucky to have studied with some of the most respected Chinese teachers of this approach.

“NCNM’s Chinese medicine program offers students a diversity of lineages through its faculty, all contributing to a rich student learning experience. I love NCNM—my passion is teaching classical Chinese medicine! Preparing students to become highly qualified Chinese medicine practitioners is important—and rewarding. I know that I am making a difference in many lives as I help my students lay a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Chinese medicine.”

“By founding NCNM’s School of Classical Chinese Medicine, Dr. Fruehauf has been instrumental in fostering a reawakened interest in the classical Chinese practice of medicine, not only in the U.S., but also throughout the world. I am deeply honored to be able to teach this ancient practice of medicine, passing along a vital treasure of knowledge to our students.” Xiaoli Chen’s practice is, for her, a compassionate calling. She studied and taught at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, and has more than 25 years of clinical experience in China and the U.S. She treats a wide range of conditions at the NCNM Clinic and in her private practice, including women’s health, pain management, cancer care, dermatology, and mental and emotional disorders. An award-winning researcher, she has written three books and has published extensively in professional journals. She is currently working on a project through NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute studying the effects of adjunctive acupuncture in the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia (a voice disorder).

Rihui Long earned his Master of Medicine at China’s Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Professor Long is the chief medical officer of classical Chinese medicine at the NCNM Clinic. With nearly 30 years of clinical experience, he treats a broad range of conditions and is an expert in digestive disorders, women’s health and cancer. He is an authority on the seminal ancient Chinese text, Huangdi Neijing,—also known as The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Professor Long believes that in addition to technique and clinical skills, it’s very important for students to learn how to communicate with their patients. “It’s important to show your patients your Golden Heart so they know that you care about them. This helps form the basis of a good practitioner-patient relationship.”

NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


Our Students The students in the CCM programs arrive as a diverse collection of individuals who are inquisitive, intelligent, motivated, and drawn to a higher calling with classical roots. Characterized by their passion to learn, as well as their wide-ranging interests and backgrounds, they include dancers, photographers, engineers and hospital lab technicians. They’ve raised children, guided river expeditions, worked in Mexican orphanages and run marathons. Above all, they are excited to be embraced by a community committed to the core values of compassion, sacred connection, integrity, wisdom and selfless service. Passionate about personal cultivation, they have chosen a program and a profession offering unlimited opportunity for transformation. Wanting more than a trade, they have embarked upon a path of lifelong learning that will provide them with an ever-deepening base of knowledge, skills and awareness from which to contribute to the health and harmony of humanity.

“I am surrounded by amazing teachers and mentors; my clinical hours have shown me how truly healing the practice of Chinese medicine can be.” ~Karin Parramore, MSOM 3

“I feel that NCNM’s greatest strength is its diversity of professors and electives.” ~Eugene Lee, ND/MSOM 3

“When I came to NCNM I was so impressed— I couldn’t find this kind of school in Taiwan or China. I didn’t expect to find this kind of school and this caliber of teaching here in the States!”

Karin Parramore

Eugene Lee

Cecilia Yao




“Every day I see news stories describing the failure of conventional medicine in treating disease. I believe the future of medicine will require the kinds of treatments we are learning, and more importantly, the philosophy supporting the natural medicine approach.

“I knew I wanted to enter a concurrent-degree program and chose NCNM after visiting the campus and being blown away when I sat in on one of Dr. Heiner Fruehauf’s cosmology classes on the gall bladder. He tied together symbolism, history, medicine and spirituality in a way that I had never experienced. I knew that this was the right place for me.

“I’m passionate about Chinese medicine! Unlike traditional Chinese medicine, which developed during the Cultural Revolution, classical Chinese medicine retains the medicine’s essence. That’s what I wanted to learn, the philosophy of my ancestors. When I came to NCNM I was so impressed— I couldn’t find this kind of school in Taiwan or China. I didn’t expect to find this kind of school and this caliber of teaching here in the States! I was really thrilled when I found it. When I’m in Heiner’s class, I am moved to tears by how much he loves classical Chinese medicine. In some ways, he is more Chinese than the Chinese! All of NCNM’s CCM faculty are amazing.”

“My education at NCNM is a culmination of many years of involvement with natural medicine and an obvious next step for me. I came to NCNM expecting to graduate with a degree in naturopathy, but through the guidance of my heart, I realized that the Chinese medicine program was where I really belonged. The program, with its reliance on the classical Chinese medicine texts, has done an excellent job of teaching me the deep roots that support Chinese medicine. “The tenets of the medicine are helping me to more deeply align my life with the cycles of the natural world. I am surrounded by amazing teachers and mentors; my clinical hours have shown me how truly healing the practice of Chinese medicine can be. I will graduate from this program knowing that I have something real to offer an ailing world.”

“I feel that NCNM’s greatest strength is its diversity of professors and electives. Last year I took a calligraphy class and fell in love with it; I know that it will inform and enrich the rest of my education as I learn the characters for different herbs and points. I also took the two-year shiatsu series and I’m learning a Japanese massage therapy, sotai. Prior to NCNM I had no bodywork experience and having these classes has been an invaluable guide for gradually becoming familiar with the subtle landscape of the body.

Ms. Yao is a highly specialized software engineer from Taiwan who works at a major technology company while studying for her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree at NCNM.

“The concurrent-degree program is rigorous but worthwhile. I am excited to learn more about both worlds and begin the long journey of synthesizing my own clinical approach.”

~Cecilia Yao, MSOM 3


NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


Our Alumni NCNM’s Alumni Association is here to support and connect you with resources, opportunities and each other. After graduation, networking is vital to your success. Our alumni, 2,000-strong, are spread across the U.S. and several continents. They’re active in their communities and value a continued link to NCNM. Your ongoing relationship with NCNM is a resource that keeps you connected and informed. NCNM is expanding its alumni outreach to keep you updated about the


college, the profession and each other through newsletters, email and social media. NCNM also keeps you current with your state licensure requirements through its growing roster of continuing education courses available online and through webinars and DVDs. If you would like to visit with one of our alumni in your area, please call NCNM’s Office of Admissions for a referral. Your success is our priority!

Kelly Jennings, ND, LAc

Clifford Meeks, ND, LAc, MPH

“On September 17, 2001, I was late for my first day of school. I came straight from Ground Zero in New York City, my clothes still dusty, my heart and throat still raw. I started med school in a changed world—and I couldn’t have found a better place to heal than NCNM. The most difficult lessons for me were not about the volumes of information I needed to absorb. I had to learn how to listen, to step back, and throw away my preconceptions. I began to understand an intelligence that was not driven by intellect, but inspired by intuition. I found that my world view was beginning to shift—that I no longer needed everything proven, but instead could rely on a greater ‘knowing’ that would guide me through difficulty. I began to realize that I had joined a great tribe of healers. I couldn’t have made a better decision than to come to NCNM. It’s a decision that’s changed the course of my life.”

“The biggest draw for me at NCNM was the community clinic experience it gives its students. Portland has a very collaborative network of medical and social resources for the underserved of our community, and I wanted to draw on my background in public health. I’ve been able to develop a springboard for what I want to do in the future—to establish community clinics that provide youth services.

Dr. Kelly Jennings graduated from NCNM in 2007 as valedictorian of her class. Prior to NCNM, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in neuroscience at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She studied neurodevelopment at the University of California in San Francisco, and worked with cancer patients in clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, before finally finding her calling at NCNM. Dr. Jennings has mentored with some of the top integrative medical doctors in the country, including Drs. Dickson Thom, Heiner Fruehauf, Arnaud Versluys and Gerard Gueniot. She is co-author of The Breast Cancer Companion, an integrative medical manual for practitioners who work with breast cancer patients. Dr. Jennings practices at her clinic in Portland, providing primary and family medical care.

“I feel privileged to have studied with NCNM faculty in both the ND and CCM programs. In both programs, teachers helped me learn more about who I am, the person I want to be, and the clinician I want to become. In my culture, the elders want to create a better world for those who follow them. That’s my ultimate goal.” Dr. Meeks received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from NCNM in June 2010 and is completing his studies in the Master of Oriental Medicine Program. Prior to NCNM, he received a Master of Public Health in 2002 from Armstrong Atlantic States University in Savannah, Georgia.

NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


The City Home to more than two million residents, Portland is Oregon’s largest metropolitan area. The “City of Roses” boasts a growing multi-cultural population and a thriving urban lifestyle as energizing as it is diverse. Portland offers an array of restaurants ranging from gourmet to bistro, and organic to vegetarian. Coffee houses, music clubs, galleries, and a wide range of event venues support a rich and colorful nightlife. A small city with a big heart, Portland is proud of its reputation for progressive politics and social consciousness. Portland is also known for being forward-thinking. Consistently winning top prizes for sustainability, its innovative urban planning is a model of livability that keeps urban sprawl in check while promoting distinctive, vibrant neighborhoods and luxuriant, tree-filled parks. Its extensive mass transit system is a great complement to the bicycling revolution happening in Portland.

largest forested area in the U.S. situated within city limits. Surrounded by sweeping vistas of natural beauty, Portland is ideally located near the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and is close to an astonishing array of natural environments that include the Columbia Gorge, old-growth forests, coastal ocean towns, ancient volcanic mountains and high desert.

Top 10 Green Cities, (2011) Top 10 Cities for Public Transportation, U.S. News & World Report (Feb. 2011) Best Airport in World, Zagat Survey (2010) Best Places to Eat in North America, Food + Wine Magazine (Aug. 2010) Best Cities for New College Grads, Bloomberg Businessweek (July 2010) No. 1, The World’s Best Street Food, Budget Travel (May 2010) No. 1, Bike-Friendly City, U.S. Dept. of Transportation (March 2011) No. 1, Pet-Friendly City in U.S., (2011) No. 1, Beer City, Travel + Leisure Magazine (July 2011) No. 2, Best Farmers’ Markets, Travel + Leisure Magazine (July 2011) No. 2, Busiest Library in the Nation, U.S. Public Library Association (Aug. 2011)

The city boasts a number of natural forested areas, including the 5,100 wooded acres of Forest Park, the


Learn more about Portland:

NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


Join Us! The supportive environment at NCNM fosters profound academic and philosophical awakening. Our outstanding faculty welcome discussion and investigation during traditional lecture and case-based discussion courses. Competition for admittance in our programs increases every year. We attract and seek out highly motivated, resourceful, dedicated, academically strong and well-rounded individuals who have a clear understanding and affinity for naturopathic and Chinese medicine. In addition to fall matriculation, we also accept applications for a January entry in all programs and tracks.

Facts at a Glance PROGRAMS AND TRACKS Naturopathic Medicine: Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) Classical Chinese Medicine: Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) Master of Acupuncture (MAc) Concurrent Track: ND/MSOM ND/MAc NCNM Research Department: Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR)

ENROLLMENT: 551 ND: CCM: ND/CCM: Faculty to Student Ratio ND:

359 104 88 Clinic: 10:1 Lecture: 14:1

Faculty to Student Ratio CCM:

Clinic: 5:1 Lecture: 7:1

Average GPA: Average Age: Women: Ethnic Diversity:

3.40 28 79% 28%

Get Acquainted Selecting the right school is a big decision. We invite you to become acquainted with NCNM, our students, faculty, programs and more at an Exploration Day. The day begins with a series of brief presentations from faculty and research staff about their work, natural medicine, and student opportunities at NCNM. You’ll also have a chance to meet current students, tour the campus and teaching clinic, and ask questions of the Admissions counselors about the application and selection process. Should an Exploration Day not fit into your schedule, individual visits are welcomed. Please call at least two weeks prior to your visit. This allows us to help you make your time with us as productive and informative as possible. Campus tours are available at set times that vary throughout the year. Our professors and current students welcome visitors to class, but to avoid conflicts such as examination periods, please contact the Office of Admissions before visiting classes.

ACADEMIC YEAR – 2011/2012 Matriculation: Fall and Winter Quarters Fall Quarter Begins: Sept. 12, 2011 Winter Quarter Begins: Jan. 9, 2012 Spring Quarter Begins: April 9, 2012 APPLICATION DEADLINES Fall 2012 First Priority Deadline: Second Priority Deadline: Winter 2013 First Priority Deadline: Second Priority Deadline: To apply, or for more information: Online: Phone: 503.552.1660 Toll free: 877.669.8737 Email:


Nov. 1, 2011 Feb. 1, 2012 March 1, 2012 July 1, 2012

If natural medicine is your dream, if you want to change the future of health care—we can’t wait to meet you! To register for an Exploration Day, or arrange a private tour with our Admissions staff, please visit or call 503.552.1660. Exploration Day Calendar 2011:


Aug. 26, 2011 (Friday)

Jan. 20, 2012 (Friday)

Sept. 24, 2011 (Saturday)

Feb. 17, 2012 (Friday)

October 2011 (No Event)

March 2012 (No Event)

Nov. 18, 2011 (Friday)

Apr. 20, 2012 (Friday)

December 2011 (No Event)

May 25, 2012 (Friday)

NCNM Classical Chinese Medicine Viewbook


I promise to follow the way of the Great Physician. I will strive to live in harmony with nature, and teach my patients to do the same. I will stay calm and completely committed when treating disease. I will not give way to personal wishes and

MSOM Prerequisites General Chemistry

One course required

General Biology

One course required


One course required

Social Sciences and Humanities Two courses required



desires, but above all else hold and nurture a deep feeling of compassion. I will be devoted to the task of saving the sacred spark of life in every creature that still

MAc Prerequisites

carries it. I will strive to maintain a clear mind and am willing to hold myself to the

General Chemistry

One course required

highest standards. It will be my duty to diagnose sufferings and treat disease. I will

General Biology

One course required

not be boastful about my skills nor driven by greed for material things. Above all,


One course required

I will keep an open heart. As I move on the right path I will receive great happiness

Social Sciences and Humanities Two courses required

as a reward without asking for anything in return. —Chinese Medicine Oath, Adapted from The Great Physician by Sun Simiao (581-682)


049 SW Porter Street Portland, OR 97201 503.552.1555

CCM Viewbook  
CCM Viewbook  

CCM Viewbook