Acupuncture needle, China, 1700-1900

Made:
1700-1900 in China
From left to right: 
      A643663, Acupuncture needle, steel and brass, 1700-1900.
      A643656, Acupuncture needle, steel and

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From left to right: A643663, Acupuncture needle, steel and brass, 1700-1900. A643656, Acupuncture needle, steel and
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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.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A643663
Materials:
brass and steel
type:
acupuncture needle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment