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Wang Weiyi, an official medical officer during the reign (1023-31) of Emperor Tiansheng of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), cast a life-sized bronze human figure for teaching acupuncture and moxibution (heat therapy).

The model was marked with 657 acupuncture -points, and each point bore its name. Students used the model to practice, and during examinations a layer of yellow wax was applied, so as to cover up the points and their names.

The inside of the model was filled with water. During examinations, if the insertion was made at the right point, water would ooze out, but if a student failed to locate the required acupuncture point, no water would come out. There is a replica of the figure in the Museum of Chinese History in Beijing.

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Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)
China's great physician Hua Tuo created the Five Animal Frolics (frolic refers to dance or movement) in the last stage of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). He summarized the traditional practice and invented gymnastics, including the movement of the bird, bear, monkey, deer, and tiger , hence the Frolics of the Five Animals.
Inner Landscape of the Human Body
There are two purposes for such an illustration. Strictly speaking, it is an anatomic painting of various organs and tissues. On the other hand, it is an instruction material for Taoism. It shows to practitioners in a very abstract but detailed way all the necessary skills of proper bodily functions.
Iron Ball
According to Chinese traditional medical theory, meridians (jingluo) are channels or pathways through which vital energy (Qi) circulates within the body.
Needles for TCM
Acupuncture-Moxibustion is one of the most ancient and characteristic therapeutic techniques of Chinese medicine.
Tai Ji Quan
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) is a major division of Chinese martial art, meaning "supreme ultimate fist." Tai means "Supreme," Ji means "Ultimate," and Quan means "Fist."
Tongue Model
The tongue is one of the key examination sites in observation as its shape, color (including that of its coating), and texture reveals the changes of the inner body.

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