shùn (順)

favorable, prosperous; to obey or agree; in accordance with, to go along with, in the same direction as, to obey or be suitable; this is the character used to describe the ‘direct flow’ of qì in the channels that regulates and coordinates the individual’s vital functions in life; 順 (shùn) is often paired with (nì) in both medical literature and widely in Chinese literature; in all cases, 順 (shùn) means to flow with and (nì) means to flow against.

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