zhī (支)

generally means “a branch,” though it can also mean “to pay, or to advance money;” this extends to mean “to support, prop up, manage, or (even) to withdraw.” In medicine, zhī (支) is sometimes short for zhī (肢), which means one’s limbs. Within the theory of the jīngmài (經脈), the limbs are where the individual exchanges qì () with the environment, and each mài (脈) contains specific points near the ends of the limbs that manage (and can drain) the vessel flow — mài (脈).

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