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Subtle channels (Skt. nāḍi; Tib. tsa; Wyl. rtsa) — There are 72,000 subtle channels in the body, but the three principal ones are:
The right and left channels coil around the central one at a number of points to form a series of "knots". Along the central channel are situated a number of “channel wheels,” the chakras or energy-centers, from which channels branch off like the ribs of an umbrella.