Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 3

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 and Formulae 2
Academic Details
Description This unit deepens the student’s knowledge and understanding of TCM herbal formulae begun earlier in CHM203 Chinese Herbal Medicine and Formulae 2. In this unit and CHM203, a minimum of 120 commonly used medicinal formulae are studied with a view to their consolidation in practice.
Students study different herbal formulae classifications, constructions, applications, cautions and contraindications, methods of Chinese herbal formulae preparation, and administration instructions to clients. An integral part of the study of herbal formulae is the knowledge of the practice of formula construction and modification, the hierarchy of constituents within formulae and their functions.
Additionally, the study of this unit aims to inform the student’s practice and consolidate their awareness of restricted and scheduled herbs in the application of formulae including the management of adverse events when necessary and to do so in accordance with TGA, CMBA, and SUSMP guidelines.
Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the compositions, principles for combining substances, functions, indications, primary therapeutic applications, administration, contraindications, modifications and preparation requirements of the main herbal formulae in each category.
  2. Compare and contrast the composition, functions and indications of the main formulae with those of the same category to identify the most appropriate formulae for certain situations in case studies.
  3. Demonstrate competency in providing appropriate instructions to clients including preparation, required dosage and self-administration of herbal formulae, and management in the event of an unexpected reaction in the simulated settings.
  4. Demonstrate adherence to regulations regarding restricted schedules of drugs, endangered species, reporting of adverse events, and referral to other medical practitioners in simulated settings.