TCM Paediatrics & Dermatology

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 4, Semester 1
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 ACU302 Acupuncture Microsystems, and CCM303 TCM Internal Medicine.
Academic Details
Description This unit introduces the student to a TCM specialisation in TCM Pediatrics and Dermatology.
Through the study of the theory and practice of paediatrics, students learn about the physiology of children including their growth and development, their need for care, and the pathology of various childhood disorders. Methods of paediatric diagnosis are examined including CM pattern differentiation of the main paediatric disorders. For each condition studied, the aetiology, differentiation of syndromes, appropriate treatment principles and strategies, strengths and limitations are investigated including the effects of CM treatment approaches (Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture/moxibustion, tui-na, dietary management and general nursing care).
Through the study of the theory and practice of CM dermatology, students learn about traditional and modern classification systems for dermatological disorders including physiology, aetiology, pathology, diagnosis, differentiation and treatment. Students learn to formulate CM herbal prescriptions for dermatological disorders and to select points for acupuncture or moxibustion. They evaluate the strengths and limitations of CM treatments and learn how to advise clients about lifestyle, transmission, and infection control.
Throughout the study of this unit, students are reminded to take into consideration how Australia’s multi-cultural and multi-racial health care context may impact on the practice of CM Paediatrics and CM Dermatology and to always act in awareness of that context. Students are also reminded to practice CM with excellence in mind, to improve the quality of patients’ lives and the overall wellbeing of the broader community and the environment.
Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the physiology, development, pathogenesis, nursing care, cautions and contraindications for different stages of children in both WM and TCM perspectives.
  2. Examine the classification, physiology, pathogenesis, cautions and contraindications in both TCM and WM perspectives on dermatological disorders.
  3. Synthesise the TCM methods of diagnosis, differentiation of syndromes and analysis of aetiology and pathogenesis for common paediatric and dermatological disorders drawing on case studies from supervised clinical or simulated settings.
  4. Demonstrate through case studies from supervised clinical or simulated settings, the application of appropriate TCM treatment approaches for common paediatric and dermatological disorders (including Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture/moxibustion, dietary management, lifestyle advice).
  5. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of TCM treatment for common paediatric or dermatological disorders and how Australia’s multi-cultural and multi-racial health care and inter-professional contexts may impact the outcomes of CM paediatrics and dermatology.
  6. Analyse possible adverse reactions to TCM treatments, interactions between CM herbs and other medications, appropriate management of adverse events, and quality use of herbal medicines.
Assessment Class participation (10%)
Group Presentation (Literature review) (30%)
Case Study Analysis (30%)
Final Examination (30%)
Prescribed Textbooks/Readings * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.


Flaws, B. (2006). A handbook of TCM paediatrics (2nd ed.). Blue Poppy Press. pp.1-53

Flaws, B. (2006). A handbook of TCM paediatrics (2nd ed.). Blue Poppy Press. pp. 263-302

Yen, H. R., Liang, K. L., Huang, T. P., Fan, J. Y., Chang, T. T., & Sun, M. F. (2015). Characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine use for children with allergic rhinitis: A nationwide population-based study. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 79(4), 591-597.

Ekstein, D., & Schachter, S. C. (2010). Natural products in epilepsy—the present situation and perspectives for the future. Pharmaceuticals, 3(5), 1426-1445.

Kopnina, H. (2012). Alternative treatment for asthma: Case study of success of traditional Chinese medicine treatment of children from urban areas with different levels of environmental pollution. ISRN Allergy, Article 547534.

Zhou, B.W., & Chen, M.M. (2021). Nie-pinching the spine, puncturing Sifeng (EX-UE 10) plus Chinese herbs for pediatric anorexia due to dysfunction of spleen in transportation: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science, 19(2), 104-109.

Bower, W. F., Diao, M., Tang, J. I., & Yeung, C. K. (2005). Acupuncture for nocturnal enuresis in children: a systematic review and exploration of rationale. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 24(3).


Koo, J., & Arain, S. (1999). Traditional Chinese medicine in dermatology. Clinics in Dermatology, 17(1), 21-27.

Hui, F., Boyle, E., Vayda, E., & Glazier, R. H. (2012). A randomized controlled trial of a multifaceted integrated complementary alternative therapy for chronic herpes zoster-related pain. Alternative Medicine Review, 17(1), 57-68.

Mao, W., Cao, D., Sun, Y., Zhang, J., Mao, J., Zhou, J.,…Qu., Y. (2015). Clinical study of the relationship between eczema TCM syndrome types and TCM constitution. Global Journal of Integrated Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, 3(1), 1-5.

Lin, Y., Chen, Y., Hu, S., Chen, H., Chen, J., & Yang, S. (2013). Identifying core herbal treatments for urticaria using Taiwan’s nationwide prescription database. Journal of Ethonopharmacology, 148(2), 556-562.

Dong, R., Dai, D., & Song, P. (2021). Chinese herbal medicine targets mitochondrial dysfunction in the treatment of psoriasis. World Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, 7(1), 21-28.

Chen, H.Y., Lin, Y. H., & Chen, Y. C. (2016). Identifying Chinese herbal medicine network for treating acne: Implications from a nationwide database. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 179, 1-8.

Huang, H., & Chen, C. Y. (2013). A possible solution for hair loss by inhibiting corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) receptor from traditional Chinese medicine. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 32(10), 1613-1623.