cuó (痤)

acne or other small blemishes; according to Shuōwén, from 疒 (nì) ‘sick’ and 坐 (zuò) as the phonetic; as a separate character, 坐 (zuò) means “to sit;” these blemishes arise from entanglement of heat with dampness, which forms pus that ‘sits’ (is retained) when wèiqì (衛氣) profuses outward, perhaps flushing a substantial amount of jīn (津), but does not clear the pathogenic stagnation. (see Commentary of Sùwèn 3 for discussion of cuófèi (痤疿).)

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