'Roller' needle, for non-invasive acupuncture, Japan, 1980-1990
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, this roller was used in Shonoshin therapy. This non-invasive acupuncture is for children. The skin is scratched with brushes, combs and massage rollers during Shonoshin therapy to stimulate the acupuncture points. The roller needle is marked with the word ‘gentle’. It was manufactured in Japan. It was donated from the surgery of a British acupuncture 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).