|Classical Chinese Medicine|
|Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) is a term coined by the founder of the National College of Natural Medicine's Chinese Medicine Department, Heiner Fruehauf, PhD . The major emphasis of this form of Chinese medicine which distinguishes itself from "Traditional Chinese Medicine" (TCM) is the great attention paid to the classic medical texts of Chinese medicine, many written several thousand years ago. It is from this perspective that all of what we now designate as "Chinese Medicine", acupuncture, moxabustion, herbal medicine, Tui Na, Qi Gong, Tai Ji and many others arose. Prior to the Cultural Revolution that occurred in China under Chairman Mao, Chinese medicine was seen as backwards by many in power and great effort was made to abolish this 5000 year + tradition. While the intentions seemed to be for better standardization of medicine and to become more like "The West", much of the ancient knowledge was lost. Before the cultural revolution, a Chinese medicine practitioner not only used a given combination of herbs/given combination of acupuncture points for a given condition, they also paid great attention to diet, season, constitutional differences, and many other factors that were critical in determining the most direct and appropriate route of treatment for suffering. Even in the current era of a more liberal post-Mao China, much of the attention to "The Classics" (Yellow Emperor's Classic, Shang Han Lun, The Mai Jing, etc) has waned; indeed, in most TCM universities there is a slow but steady erosion of time spent studying these seminal texts as can be seen in various school's catalog of courses over the years.
Classical Chinese Medicine recaptures much of what was lost and denigrated by steeping and training students in the Classical approaches of Chinese medicine, while marrying the benefits achieved by modern medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine during and since Chairman Mao's rule. CCM recognizes much of what integrative medicine does here in "The West": emphasize prevention as the most important role in health, identify and treat the cause, treat the whole person, address dietary components of health and disease and, maintain healthy movement of the body."