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This figure is marked with acupuncture points and was used as a teaching tool. The figure is made from papier-mâché. Acupuncture has been practised in East Asia for over 3,000 years. 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 (TCM) and traditional Japanese medicine (Kanpo) teach that qi must flow freely through the body’s meridians, or channels, to ensure health and well-being.

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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.