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Catalog Number 92.0015.003
Object Name Ball, Acupuncture
Title Sakamura Acupuncture Balls
Description Gold foil pack. Balls sit on small squares. "Made in Japan" in black on one side and Sakamura on the other.
Accession number 92.0015.003
Caption Sakamura Acupuncture Balls
Catalog date 2007-11-19
Catalog type History
Provenance These acupuncture balls were presented to the museum by Dr. Phillip Chen, Jr.. They are attached to body and ear points by adhedsives and used to stimulate acupuncture points for several hours or even days.

Interest in acupuncture in the United States was strongly, if transiently,stimulated by President Nixon’s voyage to China. Traditional Chinese medicine has developed over a period of at least 3,000 years. Chinese medical theory and practice are based on the concepts of certain philosophical and theoretical foundations. Prominent among them are the ideas of Yin and Yang, the five phases, and channel (meridian) theory. Acupuncture is an aspect of the healing art in China by stimulating certain points or loci along a defined channel on the body. In clinical application, acupuncture therapy may be used by itself or in combination with other therapeutic methods. Acupuncture anesthesia has been shown to be safe and may effectively reduce or entirely eliminate the pain that accompanies certain operations in the upper body. It has also been reported to be useful in the treatment of functional disturbances and in the reduction of muscle spasms. Current concepts in acupuncture anesthesia point to a possible interrelationship between channel and nervous system, the two main physiological effects being regulatory and analgesic. There is still a lack of agreement among medical experts as to the place of acupuncture in medical practice."
Number of images 1
Updated 2012-09-07
Condition Very Good
Organizations NIH; OD (Office of the Director)
NIH Property # none
Old NIH Property # none
Serial # none
People Chen, Philip S.