Sùwèn (素問)

literally means “simple (or plain) questions.” It is the title of the first of two classical Chinese medicine texts, which comprise the Nèijīng (內經). The visual imagery of the first character, sù (素), is quite interesting. According to Shuōwén (說文), the bottom is sī (糸), meaning “silk.” The top 龶 represents mulberry branches, from which wild silkworm cocoons are collected. The silk radical — sī (糸) also appears in jīng (經), which is quite important in Chinese medicine.

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