Chinese Medicine Glossary

Created on 6 Feb 2016 by Ping Ho and amended by D. Woolf
Pin Yin Traditional Simplified Contextual Interpretation
Bai White (Colour)
Bei North
Bi Nose
Wai Nei 外內 外内 Outside/Inside
Biao Li 表裹 表里 Face/Interface
Chun Spring
Da Chang 大腸 大肠 large Intestine
Da Qi 大氣 大气 Literal meaning: Big Qi
Dai Mai 带脈 带脉 Girdle Vessel
Dan Gallbladder
Dan Tian 丹田 丹田 Cinnabar field
Di Earth, ground
Dong East
Dong Winter
Du Mai 督脈 督脉 Governing Vessel
Er Ear(s)
Fei Lung
Fu Yang Organs – Bowels
Gan Liver
Gu Bones
Gu Qi 穀氣 谷气 Grain Qi
Hei Black (Color)
Hong Red (Color)
Huang Yellow (Color)
Hui Point 匯點 汇点 Meeting point
Hun Ethereal Spirit
Huo Fire
Jin Metal or Gold
Jin Tendons
Jing Wei 精微 精微 Subtle essences
Jin Ye 津液 津液 Fluids
Jing Essence
Jing Jin 經筋 经筋 Literal meaning: Channel Tendons
Jue Yin 厥陰 厥阴 as in Jue Yin Channel
Ke Control, contrast, constraint (as in Ke cycle)
Kong Qi 空氣 空气 Natural air
Kou Mouth
Li Principle(s)
Liu Yin 六淫 六淫 Six Excesses (as the pernicious climatic Influences – EPFs)
Luo Channel networks (indicating horizontal rather than vertical)
Mai Channel(s), meridian(s), pulse(s)
Mu Wood
Mu Eye(s)
Nan South
Pang Guang 膀胱 膀胱 Bladder
Pi Spleen
Po Corporeal Spirit
Qi Breath, Energy etc
Qing Green (Color)
Qiu Autumn
Ren Human
Ren Mai 任脈 任脉 Conception Vessel
San Bao 三寶 三宝 Three treasures
San Jiao 三焦 三焦 Triple heaters
Shao Yang 少陽 少阳 as in Shao Yang Channel
Shao Yin 少陰 少阴 as in Shao Yin Channel
She Tongue
Shen Spirit
Sheng Grow, support, create, produce etc  (as in Sheng cycle)
Shen Kidneys
Shi Excess
Shui Water
Tai Yang 太陽 太阳 as in Tai Yang Channel
Tai Yin 太陰 太阴 as in Tai Yin Channel
Dan Zhong 膻中 膛中 Centre of chest
Tian Heaven, sky
Tu Earth
Wei Tastes
Wei Stomach
Wei Qi 衛氣 卫气 Defensive Qi
Xi 西 西 West
Xia Summer
Xiao Chang 小腸 小肠 Small Intestine
Xin Heart
Xin Bao 心包 心包 The heart envelope (often rendered as Pericardium)
Xin Bao Luo 心包絡 心包络 The heart envelope network (Pericardium Network)
Xin Zhu 心包主 心包主 The Ht as master
Xu Empty
Xue Blood
Yan Eye(s)
Yang Ming 陽明 阳明 as in Yang Ming Channel
Yang Qiao Mai 陽蹺脈 阳跷脉 Yang springing vessel
Yang Wei Mai 陽維脈 阳维脉 Yang linking vessel
Yi Intention
Yin Qi 陰氣 阴气 As opposed to Yang Qi
Yin Qiao Mai 陰蹺脈 阴跷脉 Yin springing vessel
Yin Wei Mai 陰維脈 阴维脉 Yin linking vessel
Yin Tang 印堂 印堂 The space between the eyebrows
Yin Yang 陰陽 阴阳 Yin Yang
Ying Qi 營氣 营气 Nutritive Qi
Yuan Qi 元氣 元气 Original Qi
Yuan Qi 原氣 原气 Original Qi
Yuan Xue 原穴 原穴 Yuan Source Point
Zang Organs – deep
Zhen Qi 眞氣 真气 True Qi (are you sure?)
Zheng Qi 正氣 正气 Upright Qi
Zhi Will power
Zong Qi 宗氣 宗气 Ancestral Qi