Huang Di Nei Jing & TCM Health Enhancement

General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 2, Semester 4
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 TCM103 Fundamental Theory of TCM
Academic Details
Description This unit of study covers TCM Health Enhancement and TCM terminology. TCM health enhancement is presented and provides students with comprehensive information related to the traditional Chinese methods of preserving and enhancing health and wellbeing through lifestyle, diet, and physical exercise. The unit includes the 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, and 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 analyzed.

The second part of the unit aims to introduce students to the Chinese language with particular reference to Chinese terms used in TCM. This will provide students with an overview of the Chinese language and specific instruction in the reading, writing and pronouncing of common TCM terms. The use of the Pin Yin system of Romanisation will be examined in detail to enable students to accurately spell, pronounce, write, and understand common CM terms used in their study of CM. Students will also learn to use a Chinese-English Pin Yin dictionary of Chinese medicine terminology.

Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the principles and methods of health preservation and enhancement in Chinese Medicine, the features of a balanced lifestyle, the mental cultivation and the relationship between mental state, lifestyle, disease and longevity
  2. Critically evaluate and apply Chinese Medicine dietary therapy (or in the combination of other therapy) in the maintenance of health and treatment of common diseases according to the principles of TCM dietary
  3. Describe and evaluate the principles of TCM health maintenance through physical and breathing exercises and demonstrate specific physical and breathing exercises to enhance the quality of life of patients, and practitioners’ own health and wellbeing, and the wellbeing of the community and the environment.
  4. Demonstrate the use of the Pin Yin system of Romanisation in writing Chinese medicine terminology, the writing of commonly used simple Chinese medicine characters, the reading and pronunciation of commonly used medicinal terminology relevant to the practice of Chinese medicine.
  5. Demonstrate the use of a Chinese-English Pin Yin dictionary.
Unit requirement To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks, and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination.
Assessment Assessment 1: Quiz (Terminology) (20%)

Assessment 2: Final Examination part 1 (Terminology) (30%)

Assessment 3: Presentation (Health Preservation) (20%)

Assessment 4: Final Examination part 2 (TCM Health Preservation) (30%)

Prescribed text * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.

Deadman, P and Thompson, S (2016). Live well Live long. The Journal of Chinese Medicine Ltd

World Health Organization. (2007). WHO international standard terminologies on traditional medicine in the Western Pacific Region. Retrieved from

Recommended readings Liu, Z. (2007). Health Preservation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (2nd ed.). Beijing: People’s Medical Publishing House

Marchment, R., & Wu, G. (2005). Chinese for TCM practitioners. Forest Hill, Vic.: Ji Sheng Chinese Herbs.

Pitchford, P. (2002). Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition (3rd ed.). Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books.

Wiseman, N., & Feng, Y. (2002). Chinese medical Chinese: Grammar and vocabulary. Brookline, Mass.: Paradigm Publications.

Wiseman, N., & Zhang, Y. (2003). In Helme M. (Ed.), Chinese medical characters. Brookline, Mass: Paradigm Publications.


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