bójué (薄厥)

This pair of characters became a complex in the technical terminology of historical Chinese medicine, after being used in Sùwèn 3.4.3, where I rendered bójué (厥) instead as a conjunction “thinly spread out and to have reversal.” Wiseman and Ye rendered bójué (厥) as “sudden reversal.” Jué (厥) is one of the liùhé (六合), so in addition to sometimes referring to pathology, it is also one of the six primal movements that combine to make up an individual’s post-natal qì (氣).

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