Images in clinical medicine: Acupuncture-needle fragments

Perry S. Gerard, Eric Wilck, Thomas Schiano

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To the Editor: Chiu and Austin (Feb. 2 issue)1 provide radiographic evidence of multiple, fine, metallic densities in the soft tissue of the back of a Japanese man, representing permanently placed acupuncture needles. We disagree, however, with the statement that the needles remain in the subcutaneous tissue permanently. This form of acupuncture, known as Hari acupuncture, is undertaken to improve one's general health and specifically to treat pain, paralysis, and skin diseases. The skin is initially prepared with alcohol, and a spring-loaded syringe is used to inject the 1-cm needles along predefined meridians. In a typical session lasting one to.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1792-1794
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - 29 Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes


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