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Male acupuncture figure, Hong Kong, 1970-1976

Acupuncture aims to improve the flow of qi (chi) or energy in the body by applying needles to specific points on the skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that qi must flow freely through the body’s meridians, or channels, to ensure health and well-being. The rubber male figure shows the points where needles should be applied to the skin and the meridians through which qi flows in the body.

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Glossary: acupuncture figure

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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).

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.

Glossary: meridians

The main channels of energy flow (qi) in Chinese medicine. There are 12 meridians in total.