University of Technology Sydney

99651 Chinese Herbal Formula 1

6cp; February: Online lectures and workshop activities. Regular zoom meetings to check progress. Please see schedule for details.
Requisite(s): 99567 Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine AND 99621c Chinese Diagnostic System 2
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.


This subject investigates and analyses the initial theory of Chinese herbal formulation, the composition and combination of appropriate individual herbs, and the regulations of their clinical application. This subject also continues the development of the theoretic basis of the various preparations of Chinese herbal substances for dispensing known as pao zhi (??). This follows on from the pao zhi theory taught in 99567 Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine.

In Chinese medicine, the concept meaning prescription medications or formulas consists of two Pinyin words, Fang Ji (??). The Pinyin word Fang (?) indicates the competency of making formulation in a written form. The Pinyin word Ji (?) applies to the herbal (medicinal) preparation. It is the practice of the skill itself. Fang Ji is formulas that are put into practice. They involve the practice of preparing and administering the written prescription. Therefore Fang Ji refers herbal preparations in a written form.

Formulation of Chinese herbal prescription is developed through a series of process involving initial TCM diagnosis, deciding on treatment method, and selecting appropriate individual herbs. The treatment method is the link between any medical condition (disease) and its herbal remedy. Effective treatment requires accurate diagnosis of the disease, treatment strategy planning, and well-thought consideration of formulation. In the end a formula is developed through a process of diagnosis, treatment strategy planning, and selection of individual herbs with appropriate dosage in accordance to the strict structure of Chinese herbal formulation.

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Spring session, City campus

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