'Shirakushin' blood-letting needle, Japan, 1980-1985
‘Shirakushin’ is the common name for this type of blood-letting needle. Shirakushin involves scratching, tapping or micro-bleeding to enhance a smooth flow of the body’s blood and energy. 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.
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