zhùyóu (祝由)

this is an ancient method for treating disease by ‘calling on the shén (神) for the cause or origin of a disease;’ zhù (祝) means “to bless, or invoke;” while yóu (由) simply means “from,” it is the pictogram of the germination of a fruit pit or large grain. Together with zhù (祝), we can think of yóu (由) as one’s (original or essential) ‘coming from.’ Thus, this method involves more than simply communicating with spirit to understand the cause or origin of one’s disease, it also invokes a ‘re-initialization” of the individual’s essential ‘coming from’ — one’s jīngshén (精神) or embodied spirit — to restore the person’s health.

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