The Plum Blossom hammer (Ta-chim), is nicknamed the “hitting” needle because of the way it is used. It has two sides, a dispersed group of needles and a dense group of needles. This technique is a very gentle way of releasing blood from the corresponding point of a diseased part of the body.
The other non-needle tools are used for the stimulation of acupoints. They are often used to treat infants and young children.