Moxa caps, Japanese, 1980-1985.

Image number: 10462152

Moxa caps, Japanese, 1980-1985.

Ten moxa caps, designed to cover the heads of acupuncture needles and be burned during Moxa Head Needling. Manufactured in Japan 1980-1985, from the surgery of a British practitioner c 1996. Acupuncture is a medical technique which has been practised in China for over 3000 years. It consists of the insertion into the skin of fine needles, at the points or meridians relating to the tissue or organ believed to be disordered. By inserting the needles into the paths taken by the 'chi' or 'qi', the life force which flows around the body, the paths become unblocked and harmonious energy flow and good health is restored. Acupuncture became a very popular form of alternative therapy in the West in the 1970s, at a time when there was considerable interest in Eastern philosophies and religion.

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10462152
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
21 September 2006 12:29
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Science Museum
 

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