CMPL 3001 Acupuncture Techniques
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 400873
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Description This unit consolidates and extends students' knowledge of acupuncture theory and practice, and provides further opportunity to develop practical skills. Students are introduced to the theory of point combinations and the development of acupuncture prescriptions and treatment plans. Practical sessions include obtaining Qi (De Qi), promoting Qi techniques, tonifying and reducing needling techniques, moxibustion, cupping, Gua Sha, Tuina, intradermal/cutaneous needling, scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, wrist/ankle acupuncture, electroacupuncture and laser acupuncture. This unit also expands upon the student's understanding of the theory and practice principles of traditional Chinese medicine.
School Health Sciences
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects CMPL 2001 - Acupuncture 2
Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4660 Bachelor of Health Science-Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine or 4710 Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Formulate acupuncture prescriptions for specific indications.
- Competently apply knowledge and safe practice of manipulation techniques of acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and related other techniques/adjunct therapies.
- introduction to acupuncture techniques
- managing shen and retaining QI
2. Practical skills of acupuncture
- QI sensation
- Safe insertion of filiform needles to different directions and depths with relevance to function (including needling difficult points, different gauges and lengths, Connecting points)
- Basic needle manipulations
- Reinforcing and reducing methods
3. Moxibustion, cupping and Gua Sha
- functions and Indications of moxibustion, cupping and Gua Sha
- contraindications and cautions of moxibustion, cupping and Gua Sha
- management of accidents Resulting from moxibustion, cupping and Gua Sha
- clinical skills for practicing moxibustion, cupping and Gua Sha
4. Acupuncture prescription
- principles of Point selection and combination
- methods of Point selection and combination
5. Intrademal/cutaneous needling and bloodletting
6. Scalp acupuncture
7. Auricular acupuncture
8. Wrist/ankle acupuncture
10. Laser acupuncture
11. Introduction to Tuina
Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement. Students must also hold a valid and current First Aid Certificate from a Registered Training Organisation. Refer to the Special Requirements website for more information.
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Practical assessment 1||60 minutes||35||Y||Individual|
|Practical assessment 2||20 minutes||20||Y||Individual|
|Written Exam||2 hours written exam||45||N||Individual|
- Deadman, P., Mazin, Al-K., (2007). A Manual of Acupuncture, 2nd Edition. London: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications.
2022 Semester 1
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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.