TCM Traumatology

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 3, 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 ACU207 Channels & Points 2, and CHM 208 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 2
Academic Details
Description This unit defines the meaning of TCM traumatology and its characteristics and presents TCM theoretical and treatment approaches for its management. Common traumatological conditions are explored including the effects of trauma on the general function of muscles and tendons and the aetiology, pathogenesis and differentiation of various syndromes.
Students learn about the scope of TCM traumatology practice, treatment principles and strategies, and the strengths and limitations of using Chinese herbal formulae, acupuncture, massage and exercise for specific traumatological conditions. Throughout the unit, the role and value of lifestyle advice and dietary measures form an integral part of TCM diagnostic and treatment processes.
Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the classification of injuries and wounds, the reactions of the body to injury, and the processes of healing.
  2. Analyse the aetiology, symptomatology, pathogenesis, CM diagnostic procedures (in association of the appropriate application of physical examinations), differential diagnosis of the main traumatological disorders (including common fractures and dislocations and soft tissue injuries) in appreciation of multi-cultural/multi-racial sensitivities and how these may affect the practice of CM.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the application of CM diagnostic procedures including special physical examinations and the management of traumatological disorders in the simulated clinical settings.
  4. Apply the principles and appropriate external therapies (including manual reduction, Chinese herbal medicine and rehabilitation exercises) to the treatment of the main traumatological disorders studied in simulated clinical settings.
  5. Evaluate the strengths, limitations, cautions and contraindications that need to be considered in the CM treatment of traumatological disorders including possible complications, adverse reactions to treatment, quality use of herbal medicines, interactions between the formula and other commonly used medications, and necessary referral.