Chinese Herbal Medicine Eligibility

Health Funds

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Chinese Herbal Medicine - Nov 2016

Definition of Treatment

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and evolved over thousands of years. It is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness. Underlying the practice of TCM is a unique view of the world and the human body. This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of a larger, surrounding universe (macrocosm) and their interconnectness with nature and therefore subject to its forces. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system. Similarly our viscera are viewed as interconnected structures (organs) that work together to keep the body functioning in balance and harmony. Traditional Chinese Medicine is distinctly different to Western Medicine, as many of the concepts emphasised in TCM have no true counterpart in Western Medicine.  

The assessment must include the development of a specific treatment plan as to the best course of treatment for the patient’s condition/injury. This treatment plan forms the basis of the clinical notes. These notes must be consistent with the ATMS Code of Conduct, AHPRA requirements and the additional requirements set by the health funds.