qí (奇)

literally means “marvelous, rare, strange, or curious;” in addition to the ‘curious fǔ (奇)” discussed in Sùwèn 11, qí (奇) is used for the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (qíjīngbāmài (奇經八脈)), which are also conduits of jīng (精); these “fǔ of permanence” (恆之) discussed in Sùwèn 11 convey jīng (精), in contrast to the “conduct [through] and digest fǔ (see Sùwèn 11.3),” which receive water and grains to initiate the process of generating post-natal qì. (see also Língshū 52)

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