jīnyè (津液)

read as a complex, jīnyè (津液) means “(physiological) fluids;” this is another yīn-yáng (陽) nexus: jīn (津) are the ‘thin’ fluids, which lubricate the sense organs and nourish wèiqì (衛氣); yè (液) are the ‘thick’ fluids that nourish the zàng (臧), spine, and brain. Sometimes jīn (津) are identified with exocrine fluids, and yè (液) are identified with endocrine fluids.

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