jīngjì (經紀)

While I’ve never seen this complex in a modern Chinese medicine context, it occurs in the opening passage of the first chapter of Língshū (靈樞). The second character, jì (紀), refers literally to an historical period or the records or annals of such a period. As a verb, it can mean “to write down, record, arrange, or put in order.” Jīngjì () refers to the (personal) historical record of an individual’s jīng (經) — their channels or longitudinal organizing principles. Thus, jīngjì () refers to the unique way each individual implements the basic (and universal) movements of the jīngmài (經脈), which sustain individual life.

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