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Three acupuncture needles, China, 1970-1980

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture needles are inserted into certain points on the skin to unblock the flow through the body of a life force known as qi (chi), which practitioners of TCM believe to be essential to wellbeing. In the UK, acupuncture is used by three million people and is offered by some National Health Trusts. These needles were made by China National Chemicals Import & Export Corporation in Shanghai, China.

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    Glossary: acupuncture needle

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    Glossary: acupuncture

    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).