CMPL 4003 Chinese Internal Medicine 2

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401102

Coordinator Xiaoshu Zhu Opens in new window

Description This unit builds on Chinese Medicine 1 and extends the student's ability to analyse, diagnose and treat common and difficult diseases in internal medicine with both acupuncture and herbal medicine and using a TCM approach. Students will develop an understanding of the causes and pathophysiological mechanisms of a wide range of diseases.

School Health Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Pre-requisite(s) CMPL 2006 AND
CMPL 3002

Incompatible Subjects CMPL 7004 - Chinese Internal Medicine 2 (PG) AND LGYA 7251 - Chinese Internal Medicine 2

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in program 4710 - Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine or continuing program 4660 Bachelor of Chinese Medicine.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the causes, pathophysiological mechanisms and clinical manifestations of Liver, Kidney, Blood and Body Fluid and Haemorrhagic diseases and syndromes.
  2. Conduct a clinical examination including inspection, auscultation and olfaction, interrogation, and palpation in order to arrive at accurate diagnoses of specific diseases.
  3. Analyse symptoms and signs, and apply pattern differentiation to arrive at a TCM diagnosis.
  4. Design and prescribe appropriate treatment, including acupuncture and/or herbs and/or dietary/lifestyle change, for a range of common diseases covered in this Unit.
  5. Analyse and examine practice protocols in TCM compared to orthodox medicine correspondence to Liver, Kidney, Blood and Body Fluid and Haemorrhagic diseases and syndromes.

Subject Content

1. Diseases and syndromes of Liver system (TCM)
- Dizziness (Meniere's disease, cerebral arteriosclerosis, hypertensive encephalopathy, anaemia)
- Hypochondriac pain (disorders of The liver and gallbladder, intercostal neuralgia)
- Jaundice (hepatitis, hepatocirrhosis, pancreatitis, cholecystitis)
- Abdominal distension (ascites, tumours of The Abdominal cavity, tuberculous peritonitis)
2. Diseases and syndromes of Kidney system (TCM)
- Stranguria syndrome (Urinary tract infections, Urinary stones, prostatitis, chyluria)
- Oliguria and anuria (contraction of bladder sphincter, prostatic hyperplasia, kidney failure)
- Seminal emission (neurasthenia, prostatitis, Seminal vesiculitis)
- Impotence (sexual disorders, sexual neurasthenia)
- Oedema (cardiogenic Oedema, renalgenic Oedema, hypoproteinemia, severe anaemia)
3. Diseases and syndromes of Qi, Blood and Body Fluid (TCM)
- Endogenous fever (Functional low fever, hematopathy, desmosis, endocrinopathy, some chronic infectious diseases)
- Sweating syndrome (vegetative nerves Functional disturbance, tuberculosis, rheumatic fever, hyperthyroidism)
- Wasting and thirsting syndrome (diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus)
- stagnation and Accumulation (Abdominal tumours, enlargement of The liver and spleen, Functional gastrointestinal disturbances)
- Deficient debility (various chronic and consumptive diseases)
4. Blood, Body Fluid and Hemorrhagic diseases and syndromes (TCM)
- Epistaxis (rhinitis, influenza, nasal carcinoma)
- Hemoptysis (bronchiectasis, bronchitis, pneumonia, Lung cancer)
- Hematemesis (haemorrhage of Upper Digestive tract, esophagitis)
- Hemafecia (peptic ulcer, hepatocirrhosis, Stomach cancer, colon cancer)
- Hematuria (nephritis, renal tuberculosis, Urinary cancer, some cases of Urinary stones and infection)
- Review of acupuncture points, prescriptions, individual herbs and formulas relevant to The above topics.


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study Presentation 10 minutes 15 N Individual
Case Study Report 1500 words 35 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



Subject Contact Xiaoshu Zhu Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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