Shang Han Za Bing Lun

General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 3, Semester 6
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/ Corequisites CHM208 TCM Herbal Medicine and Formulae 3
Academic Details
Description This unit introduces students to the classical texts of Shang Han Za Bing Lun. The study of Shang Han Za Bing Lun is about the treatise on diseases due to the contraction of cold injury and includes the classification, diagnosis and treatment of febrile diseases and miscellaneous diseases. This unit will provide students with an overview of the historical development, Shang Han theory and its significance in modern Chinese medicine practice. Students will focus on clinically relevant aspects of the texts such as the application of the six channels; the relationship between the six channels, the eight guiding principles and Zang Fu differentiation; and the processes of disease transmission through the six channels including complicated and concurrent syndromes. Students will learn to apply treatment principles and use designated formulae from Shang Han Za Bing Lun according to syndrome identification. The development, modern clinical practice and researches of Shang Han Za Bing Lun will also be explored and discussed.
Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the context, history and development of the theory of Shang Han Za Bing Lun.
  2. Analyse the Six Channel syndrome (Liu Jing) and its process of transmission; the relationship between the Six Channel syndrome and the Zang Fu syndrome; and the principle of treatment according to Liu Jing syndrome identification.
  3. Synthetically apply the methods of pattern identification, differentiation and treatment according to Shang Han Za Bing Lu six-channel syndrome and miscellaneous diseases in the clinical and/or simulated settings.
  4. Critically evaluate modern clinical practice and researches in Shang Han Za Bing Lun.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of TCM professional practice scope and that of other professionals in a health care team environment, and the ability to engage and work collaboratively and respectfully with other inter-professional health care team members
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: Class Test (20%)

Assessment 2: Case Study Analysis (30%)

Assessment 3: Final Examination (50%)

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

Zhang, Z., Feng, Y., Mitchell, C., & Wiseman, N. (1999). Shang Han Lun =On cold damage. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications.

Sung, Y. (2010). Understanding the JIN KUI YAO LUE: A practical textbook. Np: People’s Medical Publishing House.

Recommended readings Zhang, Z. (1993). Treatise on febrile diseases caused by cold with 500 cases: A classic of traditional Chinese medicine with ancient and contemporary case studies (X. Luo Trans.). (1st ed.). Beijing, China: New World Press.

Zhang, Z., Peacher, W. G., Xu, H., & Å Œtsuka, K. (1981). Shang Han Lun: The great classic of Chinese medicine [Shang Han Lun. English & Chinese]. Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.A: Oriental Healing Arts Institute.

Zhang, Z. (1983). In Talley J., Haueter J. (Eds.), JIN KUI YAO LUE [Prescriptions from the golden chamber] (S. Wang, H. Hsu Trans.). Los Angeles, Calif.: Oriental Healing Arts Institute of the United States.