TCM Gynaecology

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 3, 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 ACU207 TCM Practice 1 (Acupuncture Techniques) and CHM208 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 3
Academic Details
Description This unit covers the theory and practice of Chinese medicine gynaecology and obstetrics. The unit includes the anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system, as well as those diagnostic features that pertain to gynaecological and obstetric disorders.
For each of the main gynaecological and obstetric disorders the aetiology, differentiation of syndromes, appropriate treatment principles and strategies are examined. Treatment approaches include Chinese herbal formulae and/or acupuncture, with appropriate adjustments for culturally different individual cases, lifestyle and dietary advice to support the total treatment plan, TCM strengths and limitations and the necessary referral to other medical practitioners.
The importance of a commitment to the appropriate reporting of adverse events, the implementation of appropriate measures when a patient displays an adverse reaction to treatment, and prompt transfer to medical services where necessary will be emphasised. The desire to achieve excellence in the practice of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine and to contribute to improving both the quality of life of patients and the wellbeing of the community and the environment are a key feature in the learning and teaching throughout this unit.
Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to describe and reflect on the Chinese medicine gynaecology concept, scope, characteristics, theory system, history, physiology, pathology, diagnostic method, and general treatment principles.
  2. Explain the symptomatology, aetiology and pathogenesis of the main gynaecological and obstetric disorders including principal symptoms and the main syndromes that can be present in the diseases.
  3. Formulate treatment plans for the main gynaecological and obstetric disorders using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
  4. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of Chinese medicine gynaecology, cautions and contraindications to be considered, possible adverse reactions to herbal treatments and acupuncture, possible interactions between herbs and other medications, quality use of herbal medicines, and the need for reporting adverse events and the referral to other medical practitioners as appropriate.
  5. Examine the lifestyle, dietary or other multi-cultural and multi-racial factors that should be explained to a patient and how this may affect the practice of Chinese medicine within the Australian healthcare context.