CMPL 7008 Clinical Applications of Classical Acupuncture

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401131

Coordinator Shengxi (George) Zhang Opens in new window

Description This unit presents the origin, development and features of classical acupuncture and reveals the clinical outcomes based on the latest clinical observation and research. This unit will appeal to practitioners seeking to extend and deepen their knowledge and clinical skills with traditional acupuncture and to practitioners embarking on research in this area. Ancient acupuncture theories and techniques will be taught with a focus on their application to contemporary practice based on latest research and on the different theoretical approaches in the design of acupuncture point prescriptions.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Acupuncture

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects CMPL 7001 - Advanced Acupuncture


Students must be enrolled in 4716 Master of Chinese Medicine.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the development of acupuncture practice as documented in TCM classical texts
  2. Discuss the uses and relative efficacy of different TCM theories used to guide acupuncture practice
  3. Analyse the use of different ancient points compared with common points in the treatment of various diseases
  4. Demonstrate ancient acupuncture techniques including qi flow methods, Yang Ji Zhou (12 techniques), �egreen dragon wags its ta

Subject Content

1. Examination of source texts for acupuncture theories and techniques
2. Advanced/ancient acupuncture techniques and their uses, such as Qi flow methods, Green dragon wags its tail, Scarlet phoenix meets the source, Green turtle searches for the point, White tiger shakes its head, Yang Ji Zhou (12 techniques)
3. Channel and point palpation techniques
4. Timing in acupuncture ? zi wu liu zhu
5. Application of eight extraordinary vessels
6. Application of Luo, divergent and sinew channels
7. Application of the 5 transport/shu points
8. Strategies in designing acupuncture prescriptions
9. The connection of current acupuncture theories and techniques to classical theories
10. The developing evidence base for traditional theories and techniques


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
In-class test and demonstration 20 minutes each workshop 20 N Individual
Completion of 1 case study that requires analysis of de-identified real cases and demonstrates the integration of TCM knowledge and western medical knowledge in terms of diagnostic information and a potential treatment strategy. 2,500 words 35 N Individual
Completion of a written assignment discussing the origin and development of acupuncture and the evidence for the clinical outcomes 2,500 words 35 N Individual
Participate online through vUWS in critical discussion and appraisal of fellow students written assignment through vUWS Minimum of 6 online posts with substantial content to fellow students in relation to online discussion topics 10 N Individual

Teaching Periods




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