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Chinese acupuncture needles internationally standardized

Xinhua, February 25, 2014 Adjust font size:

Needles used in Chinese traditional acupuncture have been internationally standardized.

Standards have been set for texture, diameter, length, hardness and elasticity of the disposable needle.

It is the first standard set by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) for the traditional medicine, said Shen Yuandong, secretary-general of traditional Chinese medicine technical committee under the ISO.

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese practice, treats patients by manipulating thin and solid needles that are inserted into acupuncture points in the skin.

It was listed as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2010.


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