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This is a wooden acupuncture model made in Japan in 1681. It was probably used to train students of acupuncture, a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In acupuncture, practitioners insert fine needles into the skin of a patient, at precise positions called acupuncture points. The model shows these points, marked with Japanese characters, along lines called meridians, which are also shown on the model.
Use our 3D acupuncture model in the classroom to bring your curriculum teaching to life: https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/resources/acupuncture-model/
Find out more in the Science Museum Group online collection: https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/objects/co122782/
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