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'Sanryoshin' blood-letting needle, Japan, 1980-1985

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‘Sanryoshin’ is the common name for this type of blood-letting needle. This term also describes the acupuncture treatment the needle is designed for. It involves scratching, tapping or micro-bleeding with this triple-edged needle. This small thick needle measures just 50mm long In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture needles are applied to 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.

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