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Body Fluid

Body fluid in traditional Chinese medicine is a general term for all normal liquid in the body including saliva, gastric fluid, intestinal fluid, joint cavity fluid, tears, nasal discharge, sweat, urine, etc.

Body fluid is derived from food and drink which is digested and absorbed by the spleen and stomach. It exists in the blood, tissues, and interstices of joints. A lucid and thin fluid termed jin fluid permeates the muscles and skin. Its main physiological function is to warm and nourish the muscles, and to moisten the skin. A turbid and viscous fluid called ye fluid supplies the joint cavities, brain, and body orifices. Its main physiological function is to lubricate the joints, tone the brain, and moisten the orifices. Although corresponding in general origin, formation, and function, jin and ye differ by their distribution, location, and individual functions. Since no definitive line can be drawn between the two, they are not clinically differentiated but are generally termed jinye (body fluid).

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