'Sanryoshin' blood-letting needle

Made:
1980-1985 in Japan

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Blood-letting needle in a plastic sheaf, based on the ancient Hoshin needle and commonly known as Sanryoshin, from the surgery of a British practitioner c.1996, handmade by Kanbe Genzo, Japan, 1980-1985.

‘Sanryoshin’ is the common name for this type of blood-letting needle. This term also describes the acupuncture treatment the needle is designed for. It involves scratching, tapping or micro-bleeding with this triple-edged needle. This small thick needle measures just 50mm long

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture needles are applied to 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
Object Number:
2002-435
Materials:
complete, metal and plastic
Measurements:
case: 3 mm x 44 mm x 12 mm,
type:
blood letting needle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Kelley, R.