Huang Di Nei Jing & TCM Health Enhancement

July 22, 2019

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 2, Semester 2
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites CHM203 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 2
Academic Details
Description The study of Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic) introduces students to the history, structure and scope of this work in Chinese medicine including its significance and limitations. The focus of this study is on the key concepts and statements that shaped later Chinese medicine and acupuncture such as the theory of Yin and Yang, Channel and meridian theory, the relationship between environment and the human being, natural law and health, prevention principles of treatment, harmonisation between the mental and the physical worlds, the medical philosophy of health and disease treatment, and treatment in accordance with seasonal conditions, local conditions, the patient’s individuality and contextualised to Australia in appreciation of Australia’s multi-cultural and multi-racial nature.
TCM health enhancement presents students with comprehensive information about the contribution that traditional Chinese methods makes to preserving and enhancing health and wellbeing through lifestyle, diet, and physical exercise. The unit explores TCM methods of maintaining a proper balance between work and rest, the cultivation of the mind and body through physical and mental training, the principles of dietary regulation, and knowledge of foods for health preservation and Chinese medicine dietary therapy. Practical skills in the preparation of health-enhancing recipes; the practice of specific physical and mental training techniques aimed at enhancing health and fitness and preserving life; and the values and limitations of dietary therapy are discussed and analysed.
Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
a. Explain the importance of Huang Di Nei Jing in the development of Chinese medicine theory and practice, its strengths and limitations, current academic perspectives on the formation of the Huang Di Nei Jing body of knowledge and the methods used in studying the core texts.
b. Describe the key concepts and principles of Chinese medicine and acupuncture introduced in the Huang Di Nei Jing.
c. Evaluate the application of Huang Di Nei Jing Theory in TCM practice mindful of how Australia’s multi-cultural/multi-racial context may affect its application.
d. Analyze the principles and methods of health preservation and enhancement in Chinese Medicine, the characteristics of a balanced lifestyle, and the relationship between mental state, lifestyle, disease and longevity.
e. Apply Chinese Medicine health preservation and enhancement methods (or in the combination of other therapy) in the maintenance of health and treatment of common diseases.
Assessment Quiz (10%)
Essay (30%)
Presentation (30%)
Final Examination (30%)
Prescribed Textbooks/Readings * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.

Liu, Z. (2007). Health Preservation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Beijing: People’s Health Publishing House.

Tessenow, H., & Unschuld, P. U. (2011). Huang di nei jing su wen: an annotated translation of Huang Di’s inner classic — basic questions: University of California Press.

Unschuld, P. U. (2016). Huang Di nei jing ling shu : the ancient classic on needle therapy, the complete Chinese text with annotated English translation. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.