Objectives : The meaning of the verses ‘久而增氣’ and ‘氣增而久’ from the 『Suwen·Zhizhenyaodalun』 were studied to complement previous annotations.
Methods : Based on problems uncovered in previous annotations, the verses “久而增氣, 物化之常也” and “氣增而久, 夭之由也” were examined in detail.
Results & Conclusions : Previous annotations on the verse “久而增氣, 物化之常也” have conflicting opinions. Therefore, related contents in the 『Huangdineijing』 were examined to resolve and complement existing interpretations. The meaning of ‘久’ in the phrase “久而增氣, 物化之常也,” not only has a temporal meaning but also refers to the Jing process[精化｣. The Jing process is where the Jing Qi is used to produce Jing through a feedback process that results in enlivening materials such as Jing, Qi, and Blood. The phrase “氣增而久, 夭之由也” refers to an early death caused by expansion of rough Qi that has failed to go through the Jing process because of excessive greed and failure to follow the seasonal principle. These phrases from the 『Suwen·Zhizhenyaodalun』 reminds us that the Qi’s Jing process is an important factor in determining longevity, shedding new light on themes such as the pattern of food intake, cultivation, longevity, treating before illness, prevention, etc., for today.