Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture, mannequin


SEIRIN mannequin



At the 365 acupuncture points of the interconnections, the energy is accessible with needles and can be influenced in many different ways, so that not only the qi in the interconnections, but also that of the internal organs can be influenced (regulated?). According to the model of Traditional Chinese Medicine, piercing the needles affects the flow of qi (life energy).


Plastic representation of the points
In China, a wooden doll from the Han dynasty (about 200 before to 200 AD), which already provides evidence of practiced acupuncture - a first plastic representation of the puncture points. Aiming for standardization and higher liability in acupuncture, WANG created WEI-YI (987-1067 AD) in 1026 AD. a cast of bronze model of the human body together with the acupuncture points (Martin Adler, textbook natural remedies, Verlag Hippocrates 2010).

Kruger reports on a man-sized clay doll, with sunken acupuncture points, "used for practicing, hollow inside, covered with a thin dermis, and filled with water." When the pupil hit the dots accurately, water flowed out of them "(Michael Krüger, The Great Book of the EAV, Fundamentals and Practical Applications, M & T eBuch-Verlag). The water-filled and wax-covered acupuncture doll for the Punktelokalisation (a test on humans contradicted the then ethical rules).

In 1775 a Chinese merchant brought an acupuncture doll ("Tsoe Bosi") made of bronze to London, but only the detailed description of such a figure in the catalog of the Titsingh Collection and the presentation of this figure in its medical and theoretical context caught the attention of some colleagues (Paul U Innocence, Chinese Medicine, Verlag CH Beck 1997 p.107). In the estate of the Dutch surgeon and sinologist Isaac TITSINGH (1745-1812) was a Japanese anatomical model with recorded meridians and meridian points. At the latest in 1815, parts of this estate were accessible to the physician Jean-Baptiste SARLANDIÈRE (1787-1838). Titsingh's acupuncture doll, with its bizarre ribs and oversized head and hands, is today a showpiece for the Musée d'Histoire de la Médecine in Paris.
Nowadays the acupuncture doll of schwa-medico is widely used (accompanying book by Karin Bushe-CENTMAYER, A.M.I. Verlag, Gießen)

To learn the piercing of the points, one uses a model. For simplicity, the model was introduced by twelve main meridians, each of which is mirrored on both sides of the body in pairs. Eight extra-meridians and a number of so-called extra points complete this model.

Older, 70 cm high clay-colored plastic model of the company SEIRIN, manufacturer of high quality acupuncture needles. Acquired 9/2017 at the port / Innsbruck. Beautiful 24x24 cm wooden base, the patient has put his left foot on a 4 cm high wooden block. Newer models have a plastic base.
The colorful meridians remind me of the route network of the Paris Metro, where qi is represented by the "rames" ...




Hans P. Ogal, Wolfram Stör, Yu-Lin Lian, Seirin Bildatlas der Akupunktur. KVM-Verlag, Köln, Könemann, 1999.