Hacking Chinese Medicine - Course 5

Changing Times, Changing Vocabulary

Janice Walton-Hadlock lectures on mistranslation, Jing Xu diagnosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Janice Walton-Hadlock
Janice Walton-Hadlock

Course Overview

In ancient times, Chinese medical terms were often words about the weather. They were used literally and metaphorically. Words like Damp, Wind, Heat, Cold, Sun, were often used to explain how someone’s illness came about through over­exposure to some climatic situation. If a problem was not, in fact, due to the weather, the climate words were used anyway. In these cases, the words were metaphors and euphemisms. In these cases, they don’t actually help with our understanding of what’s going on. These words are great for putting together a pattern diagnosis and choosing a treatment out of the pattern-code box, but they often do not help us understand what’s really going wrong, they don’t help us know what’s happening with the channel Qi, and they very, very often do NOT lead us to effective treatment.


Today, very few of our patients are suffering from health problems associated with climatic excess. However, we still use the same old weather based words to codify the treatment patterns.


Very often, this makes our diagnoses and treatment names misleading, not useful, or even stupid and ludicrous.


This talk will explain how to work around the limitations and misunderstandings that come about through using these old terms, and suggesting some better ways to communicate with patients about the underlying causes of their problems.


  • Depth will be added to an English-speaking practitioner's understanding of the vocabulary and phraseology of Chinese Medicine.

  • The student will learn about cryptic aphorisms, mistranslations, and various error accumulations that have spanned over centuries.

  • The student will have a better understanding of the implications of Channel Theory from an electromagnetic, 21st century perspective.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Commentary on mistranslations and a changing world.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Discussion on the term damp and other examples of modern causes for old patterns.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Lecture on Jing Xu diagnosis.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Disussion on poly-cystic ovarium syndrome. Case examples.


  • Janet S. (United States)

    I so enjoy Ms Hadlock's method of teaching through lots of stories and examples.

  • Christine O. (Canada)

    Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock is a passionate teacher and a pleasure to learn from. Her teaching opens us to another level of knowledge in oriental medicine that brings a new potential to one's practice.

  • Andreas L. (Australia)

    Janice is an amazingly engaging entertaining presenter. She makes it easy to follow along with her and start think outside of the box of standard TCM teachings. Im looking forward to watching more lectures in this series and to reading her books.


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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    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Studio Recording

  • Course Length: 1 h

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