Guide to Piercings and Acupuncture Points
It is a pseudoscience among piercers and scientists to be pierced to activate acupuncture points. Experts agree that the results of the piercings are due to a placebo effect rather than to any type of acupuncture cure. However, there are a handful of people who claim that the piercings helped them. If you suffer from the following problems, we recommend that you speak to a doctor for a proven cure before trying to find relief from a piercing. If you choose to be pierced to solve some of these problems, don’t blame your piercer if it doesn’t work. They are not acupuncturists, and there is no clear evidence that piercings can help with these problems.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that is said to relieve pain and even improve well-being. Acupuncturists insert needles into certain points to balance the flow of energy in your body. In modern western medicine, acupuncture is used to stimulate certain nerve endings, to relax your muscles and so relieve pain.
There is a small group that believes that piercing these acupuncture points can permanently activate these areas and help relieve pain. As mentioned above, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, but a quick Google search reveals some anecdotal evidence (probably the result of a placebo effect).
If you’re curious to try a piercing to activate an acupuncture point, here’s a quick guide.
What are acupuncture points?
There are over 300 acupuncture points in the body, each connected to 14 main canal lines. These lines lead to your main organs. Traditional Chinese medicine is believed that activating these points helped balance your body by adjusting your energy flow or Qi.
Your qi – pronounced “chi” – flows through these paths and can sometimes become unbalanced. These rivers can be opened again by acupuncture, which can theoretically treat many problems in the body.
There are hundreds of acupuncture points in the body.
While western medical practitioners largely believe that acupuncture is unlikely to be used to treat serious illnesses, the jury is still undecided whether acupuncture can help relieve pain or not.
Scientifically speaking, acupuncture points occur in places where nerves and muscles can be stimulated. This could improve blood circulation, relax the muscles and support your body’s natural pain relievers. However, it is unclear whether a positive result is a placebo or whether acupuncture actually works.
How do piercing activate acupuncture points?
The theory behind the use of piercings for the permanent activation of acupuncture points is simple: the jewelry permanently opens the channel connected to this point and constantly promotes the flow of energy in this area. (Or it permanently stimulates the nerves and muscles at this point.)
It seems to make sense; Acupuncture consists of inserting needles into your body to activate certain points. So why not put something in permanently? However, an acupuncture session usually only lasts about 5 to 30 minutes, not forever. Therefore, many people who have claimed to find pain relief through piercing have said that the relief has finally faded. Regardless of whether the placebo effect has waned or the acupuncture point has stopped stimulating, using piercing to activate an acupuncture point is probably only a short-term solution, if it works at all.
Will my piercing solve my problem?
The short answer is probably not.
While many people claim that their piercing helped solve a problem (usually related to chronic pain), their relief is likely to be a placebo. Even then, many of those who experienced pain relief reported that the pain returned later, which suggests that the piercing is not a permanent solution.
Although piercings like the tragus are said to help with pain or even food cravings, the results are likely due to a placebo effect.
As long as you understand that piercing is not a scientifically valid cure for the problem you are trying to fix, and you enjoy the aesthetics of piercing, there is no reason why you shouldn’t try it. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t experience pain relief (which is likely), but you do have an adorable new piercing.
Which piercings (allegedly) help with pain?
Now that we’ve looked at acupuncture points, it’s time to talk about the piercings placed there.
The day for migraines
It is believed that the area where the Daith is pierced can help alleviate chronic migraines. Some claim that when they pierced their Daith, they noticed they had less migraines, and others said they felt less migraine pain.
This acupuncture point is also used to relieve anxiety-related tension, and some claim that it has helped reduce their stress and anxiety levels.
The tragus for cravings / appetite control
When trying to lose weight, an acupuncturist may ask you to activate your tragus area. This point is said to help control sugar cravings and / or your general appetite.
The shell for muscle relaxation / chronic pain
The clam area is used to relax the muscles, relieving any chronic pain associated with this tension. If you feel constantly tense, you can also benefit from it.
If you want to activate an acupuncture point, the ear is the best place to try.
The tower relieves stress
For those looking for a spiritual way to reduce their stress levels, tower piercing might be something they should try. It is placed at an acupuncture point to fix the energy flow associated with stress.
General pierced ears
If you’re interested in acupuncture pain relief, then ear piercings are likely to have the greatest benefits. The ear has many acupuncture points that can have a positive effect on your qi, which leads to better mental health and less pain.
What to do if you are interested in being pierced for pain treatment?
If you want to try this “permanent acupuncture”, you must first recognize that it is an untested practice and that you may not feel any change at all. You should always consult a professional about mental health problems or chronic pain. They offer more practical solutions and can diagnose more serious problems.
After speaking to a doctor, you should try to find a piercer with knowledge of acupuncture points. It’s a very niche area, so you may find it difficult to find someone who, however, is more empathetic with your situation and can explain to you what your piercing does for you from an acupuncture perspective. The most important thing, however, is that the piercer is reputable and fully certified. If you find a piercer who has the spiritual testimonies but does not have the penetrating background, then choose a different piercer.
Any other serious piercer can do your piercing flawlessly. Remember that even in the piercing world, this is a very controversial idea. So depending on your piercer, you may find someone who has negative opinions on the subject.
In the end, the most important thing is that you get a healthy, adorable piercing whether you find the pain relief you’re looking for or not. The worst scenario is that you get a cool addition to your style even if your problem remains unsolved. As long as you know the results are not guaranteed, give it a try.
Some cute jewelry to wear
Those who believe that piercings can improve your qi agree that you need to be careful about which metals you put in your piercings. The best is 14-carat gold or silver. If you want to decide if you want to try a piercing, here are some adorable pieces of jewelry to help you daydream.