'Gyokusho'; roller needle for non-invasive acupuncture, Japan, 1980-1990
This ‘Gyokusho’ roller was used in Shonoshin therapy. Shonoshin is non-invasive acupuncture for children. The skin is scratched with brushes, combs and massage rollers during Shonoshin to stimulate the acupuncture points. 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. It was manufactured in Japan, and donated by a British TCM practitioner.
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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).