Body piercing and your health
The growing popularity of body piercing in the western world is a very interesting trend. I find it intriguing watching each generation have their own ‘thing’ – but alas there is nothing new under the sun. But could piercing be something that has life-long consequences? We live in a world where ‘anything goes’ seems to be accepted by a wider range of the community, whereas in generations past, the ‘youngens’ were frowned upon by their parents and the older generations. In today’s society, it doesn’t seem to be so much the older generations but what is commonly referred to closed-minded, old-fashioned etc. etc.
Anyway, I digress, body piercing is the topic at hand, so let’s continue 🙂
Some reports date body piercing back as far as 5000 years or more. Mummified remains have been discovered with earrings. So for those who are rebelling against society – ummm you’re a bit late to be starting a new trend.
Body piercing in some cultures is more than just a fashion statement or an act of rebellion against society’s norms. Many ancient religions or tribes (current included) use/d piercing. The nobles or those with status did it – maybe because they could. There are superstition reasons, manly-man reasons etc. and so on.
I know that more often than not, when we decide to do something, such as pierce our ears or other body parts, the last thing we think about is what it is going to do to the body’s Qi (energy) flow and whether or not our choice is going to have a potential health implication. Most of us have heard of acupuncture – you know the natural, Chinese medicine that uses little needles on various acupoints on major meridians relating to different internal organs, throughout the body to heal, bring balance and so on.
Imagine going to the acupuncturist, and he decides he is going to leave needles on acupoints, permanently! If you are like me, you would probably think that is a bit weird – well, if the piercing you are getting goes straight through an acupoint – ummm that’s exactly what it is like. Check out the image below – the person doing the piercing would have to have a pretty solid understanding of acupuncture to miss an acupoint.
DISCLAIMER: I am a kinesiologist, not an acupuncturist – the information below is information I have gathered from different acupuncturist articles to help you to make an informed choice. I am not diagnosing or offering medical advice. This information is not to be considered specific advice, but general advice. OK, now that is out of the way 🙂
Let’s start with the most common in our society – every little girl wants to have her ears pierced at some point in her life. With what I know now, I’d be holding off on doing this on my children until they understand the possible implications – just saying!
Ears: OK, the ear is a busy little place, every organ and in fact it seems that every part of the human body is represented in some way in a part of the ear. Depending on where the piercing is, this could present problems with the liver, kidneys and urinary bladder.
Navel or Belly button: In the centre of the umbilicus lies the point CV 8 on the Conception Vessel meridian, which relates to the central nervous system. It is also where bubba gets nutrients through the umbilical cord. This is considered a forbidden point for needling in Oriental medicine. This point should only be stimulated by a professional acupuncturist and only for certain reasons – not with a needle but warmth or massage. The acupuncture needles stimulates the point to move the energy – life force. Therefore it stands to reason that if an acupuncturist stimulates a particular point for a certain time, over-stimulation may result in a chronic imbalance in the body, stop flow of energy to the brain and possibly lead to disease, such as MS. Food for thought!
Nipples: The point ST 17 on the Stomach meridian lies in the direct centre of the nipple. It is never needled or treated in acupuncture. Problems from piercings might include blockage of milk ducts in females and in the lymph nodes under the arm.
Tongue: The tongue represents many organs of the body: kidneys, urinary bladder, stomach, spleen, lungs, heart, liver, gallbladder. Piercing the centre of the tongue may cause digestive problems. There is also the chance of heart disease if pierced over heart point – tip of tongue; Asthma or allergies if pierced on lung point – just behind tip, could also be a problem.
Lip: The spot above the lip between the nose and the upper lip is an important first-aid revival point (GV 26). This point is used to activate the sympathetic nervous system. It is an important point that is used in Kinesiology, in conjunction with the CV24. In fact if these two points are not in balance, the rest of the kinesiology consultation may not be accurate. In kinesiology it is gently stimulated, so conversely, over-stimulation may cause problems, such as, spasms in the back, dizziness and nausea. Piercing on the point directly below the centre of the lower lip (CV 24) can cause mouth ulcers or infections and cause a person to grind their teeth.
Beauty Spot: Teeth damage and receding gums could result from piercing of the beauty spot area – you know that spot Marilyn Monroe made so famous.
Nose: Bl 2 point on the Bladder meridian is located on the bridge of the nose. A piercing here could cause sinus issues and headaches.
Eyebrow: TW 23 on the Triple Heater meridian is located at the outer end of the eyebrow. Piercings here may result in headaches.
Chin: Piercing may affect hormone levels, teeth grinding and issues with salivation
So there is a fair bit to consider if you are intending to get a body piercing. To add to the issues of energetic imbalances, you need to consider which metal is to be used for the jewellery. Gold increases the energy flow – so in acupuncture this is good – permanent holes means too much energy 24/7, potentially causing hyperactivity, hormonal burnout, addictions and so on. Silver calms the energy – which again is good in acupuncture, but not so good in piercing – this may lead to anxiety, depression, stress, lack of direction or clarity.
Personal story, in my younger, wilder days I had my top outer ear lobe pierced – didn’t think anything of it at the time. But over time I started to notice I was sick all the time, I just couldn’t seem to break free of it. I just had to walk past someone who was sneezing and I got sick. I removed the piercing, not actually from that, but because it was time to get a real job lol, and lo and behold once the hole closed up the illnesses stopped. Word of caution though, it took natural therapy and several years for this to happen.
I love natural health, I love the way every part of our body can have an impact on another part. I am constantly fascinated by the way the human body functions. It is our curiosity of pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules that ultimately causes our downfall. The human body is designed to heal itself – let’s always try to do as least harm as possible so the natural process can occur.
Yours in Health