bì (痹)

This is a ‘blockage’ cause by cold, wind, damp, etc., which generates pain and/or numbness. The phonetic radical of this character,卑 (bēi), is also the phonetic portion of pí (脾), which means “spleen.” Bì (痹) refers to an embodied blockage, influenced by the Earth-phase nature of pí (脾), the Chinese medicine “spleen.” Such blockages (bì (痹)) overtly impedes the smooth flow of qì (氣), so they cause pain.

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