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Wooden acupuncture model, Asia, 1601-1700

Acupuncture aims to improve the flow of qi (chi) or energy in the body by applying needles to specific points on the skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that qi must flow freely through the body’s meridians, or channels, to ensure health and well-being. The wooden male figure shows the points where needles should be applied to the skin and the meridians through which qi flows in the body.

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    Glossary: acupuncture figure

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    Glossary: acupuncture

    A central therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points. These points are believed by to lie on channels, or meridians, of energy flow, or qi (chi).

    Glossary: meridians

    The main channels of energy flow (qi) in Chinese medicine. There are 12 meridians in total.