CMPL 7015 Mental and Neurological Disorders and Chinese Medicine

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401135

Coordinator Isabella Leung Opens in new window

Description This subject will enable practitioners to extend their understanding of Chinese Medicine management of a range of mental health conditions and neurological disorders. The clinical focus is on the Chinese Medicine diagnosis and management of these disorders and integration with the orthodox biomedical approaches to disorders that are common in the community. Chinese Medicine treatment will focus on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments. Students will learn to apply Chinese Medicine's unique understanding and contribution to the rehabilitation of those who have suffered from disabling psychological/psychiatric and neurological diseases.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Traditional Chinese Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Incompatible Subjects NATS 7036 - Mental Health in Chinese Medicine NATS 7038 - Neurological Disorders in Chinese Medicine


Students must be enrolled in 4716 Master of Chinese Medicine, 4717 Graduate Diploma of Chinese Medicine, 4675 Masters of Health Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine), or 4678 Master of Health Science (Acupuncture)

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese medicine practice approaches to mental health and neurological disorders
  2. Evaluate the application and relative efficacy of different TCM theories used to guide Chinese medicine diagnosis and practice for mental health and neurological disorders
  3. Apply the use of different acupuncture and herbal strategies for approaching mental health & neurological cases
  4. Analyse the evidence and research from Chinese medicine practice in relation to mental health and neurological disorders
  5. Formulate acupuncture and herbal prescriptions for application in mental health and neurological conditions

Subject Content

1. Chinese Medicine understandings of mental health and neurological disorders
2. Strengths and limitations of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other TCM treatments for mental health and neurological conditions
3. Psychiatric and psychological: approaches to mental health conditions and the place of Chinese medicine interventions in this field
4. Neurological assessments
5. Effects and side effects of common western medications used to treat neurological and mental health conditions
6. Classical TCM thinking about psychology and emotions: the concept of Shen and role of the Heart and other zang-fu organs, blood and qi
7. Chinese medicine and biomedical/ psychological nosology, epidemiology, aetiology, diagnosis and management of common mental health & neurological conditions:
- Depression: mild Depression, clinical Depression, Bi-polar Depression
- anxiety
- mood disorders, including attention Deficit hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and post-Traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)
- drug and alcohol dependence
- sleep disorders
- dementia
- peripheral facial Paralysis (Bell?fs palsy)
- Headache and migraine
- Epilepsy
- Cerebrovascular accidents and post-Stroke sequelae
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Meniere?fs disease
- Parkinson?fs disease
- motor Neuron disease
- multiple Sclerosis


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 20 minutes 15 N Individual
Case Study 2000 words 35 N Individual
Essay 2000 words 35 N Individual
Participation Minimum of 6 online posts with substantial content to fellow students in relation to online discussion topics 15 N Individual