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Friday, January 9, 2009

Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Point Location Measuring Device

Hi wonderful members of the blogosphere!
Here's a sneak peak, for first years, of a piece of radical TCM equipment that you cannot go without! Forget needles or cups for this is the "cun" measuring device. You need stretchy pants elastic, a marker and your thumb. A cun is a Chinese inch and this is used to measure distance between landmarks on the body and acupuncture points. A cun is the distance at the fattest part of the thumb knuckle, or first joint of the thumb. There you have it. Now everybody is different in size. With the flexible measuring device you adjust the distance between body landmarks to fit a measurement. For example I have a wide knuckle compared to the knuckle of a delicate Chinese Princess. The cun measurement across is still the same for us both as the distance is relative to size of the person. The elastic stretches to compensate and therefore you read the same distance between landmarks. Now even though that makes sense to me I can understand how it might come across as a little bit abstract. In practice you'll get it and that is basically how Chinese Medicine works...

4 comments:

Jenny said...

LOL just perfect.

Anonymous said...

The flying pin wants to know if
I get a free set of steak knifes with it...and only 5 easy payments?

HerbisOrbis said...

What?! Brilliant!

Damo said...

haha, the steak knives or the measuring device? Or the free sharpener that comes with the knives..!?

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