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Acupuncture chart, Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Acupuncture has been part of medical practice in China for more than four thousand years. The idea is to stimulate certain points along the body's meridians, which correspond to the flow of energy in various physiological systems. This is done both as a cure and as anaesthesia while performing other remedies. Acupuncture was introduced in Europe by a Jesuit priest in the 17th century. Ms Chinese 5341, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

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