The nine ancient acupuncture needles, 17th Chinese (detail)

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The nine ancient acupuncture needles, 17th Chinese (detail). Detail of 17th century Chinese woodblock illustration showing the 'Nine Needles' (jiu zhen) (see also L0034712 and L0034713). The Nine Needles was the collective term for the needling instruments used in antiquity, ie chan zhen (arrow-headed needle), yuan zhen (round needle), chi zhen (spoon needle), feng zhen (lance needle), pi zhen (stiletto needle), yuanli zhen (round sharp needle), hao zhen (filiform needle), chang zhen (long needle) and da zhen (big needle). Precise descriptions of the Nine Needles (but no visual representation) can be found in Huangdi neijing (Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor), a classical medical text compiled in first or second century CE (in the Jiu zhen shi'er yuan and Jiu zhen lun sections of Lingshu, the Divine Pivot). Medical instrument. Petty surgery. Boil. Work ID: wuzmebe2.

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