shù (術)

This refers to a practical or technical skill, rather than simply an intellectual process; thus, the Art (shù (術)) of Chinese medicine is an applied natural philosophy of life, where the practitioner learns through working with the dynamics of qì (氣) in an array of individuals, watching what happens, and especially figuring out what that means about the person’s pathological process and what he or she needs in order to facilitate healing. In certain contexts, such as in discussing the cultivated arts/skills of Daoists, shù (術) can be rendered as “magic.” Facilitating the intrinsic dynamics of qì (氣) can inspire such profound healing that is seems magical; changes that seem to defy the laws of science.

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