Acupuncture needle, steel and brass, 1700-1900
The coiled handle of this acupuncture needle, seen on the far left, is a unique feature of Chinese needles. It aids insertion. The needle is rolled between finger and thumb during a technique called rotation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture needles are inserted into certain points on the skin. This unblocks the flow through the body of a life force known as qi (chi). TCM practitioners believe qi is essential to wellbeing.
- Oriental Medicine
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- acupuncture needle
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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