jiāo (交)

literally means “to commit to, hand to, deliver, or pay;” it also means “to exchange, join, communicate, or have close relationship either of friendship or business;” relative to acupuncture theory, jiāo (交) often refers to “points of intersection” among the channels; however, its meaning cannot be limited to those in Língshū 1.15, because the text refers to 365 of them. In this passage, rather than referring to the exchange between channels, jiāo (交) seems to refer to the exchange of qì inherent in using any point.

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