Hacking Chinese Medicine - Course 2

Qi: The Most Important Code Word in Chinese Medicine

Janice Walton-Hadlock reviews the historical origins of Qi.

Janice Walton-Hadlock
Janice Walton-Hadlock

Course Overview

Qi is a code word. It can take years for a student of Chinese medicine to begin to understand all the variations and permutations implied by the word “Qi”.


Even so, many practitioners of Chinese medicine fling this word at their patients. The imprecise and even incorrect use of the word “Qi” can lead to grave concerns on the part of patients who go home frightened by their “Qi deficiency” or puzzled about their “Stagnant Qi.”


By learning the ancient roots of this word, by reviewing the derivative forms of this word (Gu Qi, Zhong Qi, and so on), a practitioner can be reminded of ways to communicate with his patient in a manner that isn’t mystical or alarming.


By putting key Chinese medical words into English – and by knowing the historical origins of these words and understanding what they actually meant historically as well as in light of western understanding of physics – a practitioner can come up with far more helpful treatment plans, and also empower his patient.


  • Learn the ancient roots of the word Qi, and some of the ancient philosophy behind it.

  • Learn how to translate the various type of medical Qi into simple English that a patient or western MD can easily relate to.

  • Receive examples of how using the Chinese medical terms with patients can lead to confusion and even fear on the part of the patient.

  • Consider the patient empowerment that comes with actually understanding with the acupuncturist is saying.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    What does the word Qi mean? Here we cover two broad ways we can speak about Qi. Introduction to the etymology of the word Qi from Sanskrit. Outlining the two divine aspects of Qi.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Further depth on the etymology of Qi. Historical and cultural implications of Qi in modern China.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Qi and consciousness. Talking about Qi with patients.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Outline of all the various types of Qi. Why do we learn about so many different types of Qi? What benefit does it provide to us? Is there such a thing as good or bad Qi?


  • Tracie B. (Canada)

    Excellent information and thought provoking. Delivery is excellent.

  • Bonnie D. (Canada)

    Her courses are always very interesting and informative; a pleasure to take as I bought the book and had read it before taking the course found it very easy to follow

  • Janet S. (United States)

    I am learning so much in just one hour of a most enjoyable delivery from Janice Hadlock!

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Excellent information and thought provoking. Delivery is excellent.

Tracie B. (Canada)

Her courses are always very interesting and informative; a pleasure to take as I bought the book and had read it before taking the course found it very easy to follow

Bonnie D. (Canada)

I am learning so much in just one hour of a most enjoyable delivery from Janice Hadlock!

Janet S. (United States)

This is a course for all 1st year and 3rd year students of acupuncture. Once in the beginning and again at the end.

Tess R. (United States of America)

Very good for demystifying the terms

Suzanne G. (Canada)

Great info - it made it more obvious on how to effectively communicate with patients.

Rita W. (Canada)

Her classes explain some of the more esoteric ideas of Chinese Medicine in ways that are easier to understand, and allow you to immediately use this knowledge to better explain things to your patients. This will also help you with diagnosing your patients. She also explains the history of words and the English translation of Chinese words that help you understand our medicine more clearly.

Kimberly K. (United States of America)

Another great lecture from Janice. I'm looking forward to many more!

Andreas L. (Australia)


Janice Walton-Hadlock

Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, L.Ac., is a professor at Five Branches University, and specializes in Channel Theory, Yin Tui Na, Psychology and Counseling; she is the founder of the Parkinson's Recovery Project, and is an author on topics relating to Channel Theory and Parkinson's.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: Standard Certificate (1), IVAS (1), Florida (1), NCCAOM (1)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Studio Recording

  • Course Length: 1 h

  • Course Notes: There are no notes provided with this course.

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