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Acupuncture hand Plastic China, c.1970 RRa0108 / L0076295 Wellcome Images
Acupuncture fi gure Plastic China, c.1970 RRa0306 / A604025 Science Museum / L0057959 Wellcome Images
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture models illustrate points where sharp needles are inserted into the skin to promote the circulation of qi. Often located at a distance from the observed medical symptoms, these positions are understood to mark locations where the body’s internal network of chan- nels reaches the surface.
The heart channel of the arm Painting from Renti Jingmai Tu (Illustrations of the Channels of the Human Body) 1662−1722 L0039967 Wellcome Images