jié (節)

this character originally referred to the nodes of a bamboo stalk, which is thereby divided into segments; thus, jié (節) signifies a concentration, where there is an empty space in the center of it that allows flow; in medicine, jié (節) often refers to joints, so this could easily refer to the twelve ‘major’ joints — hips, knees and ankles on the legs and shoulders, elbows and wrists on the arms; it may also refer to the twelve ‘segments’ (individual channels) in the continuous loop of primary channels, as presented in Língshū 10 and 16.

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