qǔ (取)

literally means “to select, take out from, fetch, take hold of, obtain;” in Chinese medicine, qǔ (取) is used for how to treat; for instance it is used twenty-one times in Língshū 7, which is the chapter on “Governing Needles;” this reminds us that treating with needles is intrinsically the process of attracting qì (氣) to the needles — déqì (得). Once ‘obtained,’ that qì may be further directed in some way through various manipulations; doing acupuncture is an interaction with the patient’s qì, rather than a procedure applied to patients.

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