Three large Inri needles, used in Shonoshin therapy, a non-invasive form of acupuncture developed for young children, from the surgery of a British practitioner c.1996, unsigned, Japanese, 1980-1985.
Inri needles are used for Shonoshin therapy. Shonoshin is non-invasive acupuncture for children. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture needles are normally 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. However, Inri needles such as these are used within Shonosin. They are part of a range of ‘friendly’ equipment so children are not intimidated. The skin is scratched with brushes, combs and massage rollers during therapy to stimulate the acupuncture points. These steel rods have a heavy ball on the top. This presses the needle down without breaking the skin.