jīngjīn (經筋)

can be rendered literally as “channel sinews.” This is one of the sets of ‘secondary channels/vessels,’ which which is usually called either the “tendeno-muscular channels” or simply the “sinews.” These jīngjīn (筋) are responsible for conveying physical movement; the yáng (陽) sinews allow the individual to move relative to the outside world, and the yīn (陰) sinews conduct physical movement inside, such as the peristaltic movements that move material within the alimentary canal. The jīngjīn (筋) are conduits of wèiqì (衛氣), and the quality of movements of an individual’s physical body influences the movement of the individual’s wèiqì (衛氣). This principle provides the theory behind therapeutic qìgōng (氣功) and dǎoyǐn (導引) exercises. All of the secondary channels/vessels support the primary channels to maintain the constant flow of qì (氣) to sustain individual life. In the case of the jīngjīn (筋), they provide post-natal yáng (陽) to the primary channels in the form of wèiqì (衛氣).

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