Two acupuncture needles, China, 2004-2005
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture needles are inserted into certain points on the skin to unblock the flow of qi (chi), energy in the body that is considered essential to wellbeing. The needles are sold in sterile packaging to prevent the transmission of infections. These needles were made by Suzhou Medical Appliance Factory in China.
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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).
Glossary: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical tradition originating in China, but now used worldwide. Treatments include herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture, which are combined to create a therapy tailored to the patient.