mǎn (滿)

full, complete, or satisfied; mǎn (滿) seems to connote being filled with something; Wiseman and Ye defined its use in subsequent medical literature as the subjective feeling of being full of something. If so, this suggests mǎn (滿) was used to describe the fǔ (府), as they internalize food and drink, and convey their products into the embodied spirit for further processing, and then remove the byproducts of digesting one’s food and drink back to the world. This exchange by the fǔ (府) — beginning with the stomach, and the individual’s subsequent transformations of what they exchange, is a key part of the individual’s qì generation process. According to Wiseman and Ye, mǎn (滿) is characterized by pressure or distention, which suggests a degree of qì stagnation. How much (and what) qì stagnation does each individual have ‘encoded’ into his/her qì generation system?

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