Silk forms an important image in both acupuncture and Taijiquan. In acupuncture, the Meridians are thought to be like reels of silk tat are fine, flexible, and strong. In Taiji, there is an exercize called silk-reeling where the object is to circulate the Qi through the Meridians with conscious intent. Here we visited a silk factory and saw first-hand how this process is done with modern techniques. in the accompanying picture you can see how the silk from two silkworms in one cocoon is spread out into a sheet-like mass in order to make comforters.
The Chinese word for silk is also used in one of the names for the acupuncture points (T23, "Silken Bamboo Hollow") and is used as an important etymological element in many other acupuncture pointnames.
To learn more about the metaphor of silk in relation to the acupuncture system in Dennis' book ˇ§Energetic Physiology in the Acupuncture Pointnamesˇ¨