Three small acupuncture needles, with packet, Chinese, 1979-80. General view. White background.

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Three small acupuncture needles, with packet, Chinese, 1979-80. General view. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Three small acupuncture needles, in packet, China 1970-1980.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture needles are inserted into certain points on the skin to unblock the flow through the body of a life force known as qi (chi), which practitioners of TCM believe to be essential to wellbeing. In the UK, acupuncture is used by three million people and is offered by some National Health Trusts.

These needles were made by China National Chemicals Import & Export Corporation in Shanghai, China.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
1981-1699/3
Materials:
needle, silver and packet, paper
type:
acupuncture needle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Flemming, Dr.