zhījié (肢節)

can be translated relatively literally as “limbs and joints” or “joints of the extremities,” and this pair can also be read as a complex meaning “the external anatomy;” much of Língshū 47 is devoted to visual diagnosis of various details of each individual’s external anatomy — zhījié (肢), including but not limited to measures of their limbs and joints; in Língshū 1, line 15, jié refers to the assemblies of qì (i.e. points), where the embodied spirit exchanges its qì (氣). These are the points, where one can communicate with qì (氣) to influence its flow.

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