'Laus Comet 10' electrotherapeutic machine

Made:
1980-1990 in Japan
maker:
Nihon Medix Co. Ltd.

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'Laus COSMET 10', for the application of electrotherapeutic treatment via the acupuncture points, with accessories, from the surgery of a British practitioner c.1996. by Nihon Medix Co. Ltd, Japanese, 1980-1990.

Acupuncture needles are inserted into certain points on the skin in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This aims to unblock the flow through the body of a life force known as qi (chi). TCM practitioners believe qi is essential to wellbeing. The Laus Comet 10 targets the same acupuncture points. However, it uses electronic pulses instead of needles. These stimulate the acupuncture points the same way needles do. Practitioners believe they encourage the body to release endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones). These combat pain and stress, and promote recovery. The electrotherapeutic machine was manufactured in Japan in the 1980s. A British TCM practitioner donated it to the Science Museum.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
2002-480
Materials:
aluminium (metal), complete, copper (metal), electrical components, glass, mercury, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product), plastic (unidentified), rubber, stainless steel and steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall incl. components case and stand: 1465 mm x 525 mm x 475 mm,
type:
electrotherapy equipment
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • electrocardiograph
credit:
Kelley, R.

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