Inri acupuncture needles, Japan 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.
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Glossary: acupuncture needle
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).