Acupuncture needle sets, Japan, 1980-1985

Made:
1980-1990 in Japan

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Two needle sets, each containing three sizes of 'Broom Needle', as used in Shonoshin therapy, a non-invasive form of acupuncture developed for young children, from the surgery of a British practitioner c.1996, manufactured in Japan, 1980-1985.

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. However, these two needle sets are used in Shonoshin therapy. This is a non-invasive technique for children. The needle sets each contain three sizes of ‘Broom’ needle. The skin is scratched with brushes, combs and massage rollers during Shonoshin therapy to stimulate the acupuncture points.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
2002-444
Materials:
complete, fabric, metal and plastic
Measurements:
overall (each): 17 mm x 121 mm x 51 mm, .035 kg
type:
acupuncture needle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Kelley, R.