This month Kidsverse are talking to Nadia, an acupuncturist. This month the girls are joined by guest host, Inez. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice where needles are put into the skin at particular parts of the body to relieve pain. Acupuncture comes from the ancient Chinese theory of the yin and the yang. The yin, is the female principle, is inactive and dark, and is symbolised by the earth; the yang, the male principle, is lively and light and is represented by the skies. The girls talk to Nadia about what acupuncture actually is and how it works. Nadia talks about qi and If you’re interested in finding out more about it you can read more.
Nadia talks about her work in acupuncture and massage. Has she ever left a needle in someone accidentally? Do people fall asleep when she massages them and do they talk in their sleep? Nadia also discusses her current studies to become a nurse.
In ancient China, bamboo, stone, and bones were particular objects that were used for acupuncture. Later, needles were made from metal (copper, bronze, gold, silver, and iron) were used as needles and they were much thicker than the current needles used.
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