The Effects of Piercing On Our Health
Whether it is a rite of passage or a form of rebellion, body piercings are one of the most popular forms of self-expression.
Improved aesthetics, uniqueness, or shock value – the reasons are numerous. But rest assured: the popularity of piercings surpasses all stereotypes regarding our age and gender.
A practice as old as time…
The story of piercings is a centuries-old one. In fact, today’s nose and ears piercings are an extension of traditional Indian acupuncture; at that time, it was not just about the beauty, but triggering the vital energy points, as well.
In Japan, through history, people have tattooed specific points on their body to regulate nerves; in Africa, people combined tattoos and piercings, as they believed they could open up psychological and spiritual energies; Europe’s oldest human mummy found frozen in the Alps was X-rayed and proved to have osteoarthritis – it had 57 tattoo marks on the body on the acupuncture points for arthritis, meaning there was a medical reason for the tattoos.
Can it be a form of acupuncture?
Dr. George Goodheart, the father of Applied Kinesiology spoke about the discovery of something called The Antenna Effect. What he did was tape a small metal ball onto an acupuncture point and accomplished a long-term stimulation. Nowadays, we call these balls AcuAids, and they are used on a daily basis by doctors worldwide. This was an important discovery that showed us how any metal attached to a particular point on the body can cause changes in our overall health.
With this research, we saw the rise in popularity of acupuncture. It actually came about during the Stone Age and has in time advanced into the specific fields of medicine. It is based on the knowledge of specific pathways of energy in our body called meridians. In the past, practitioners had to meditate for a longer period of time before being able to see all the meridians; today, modern science has developed instruments that prove the existence of the 14 pathways of energy and point to the acupuncture points.
Ear is still the most commonly pierced body part
According to the legends, we can trace the lobe piercings to sailors and pirates, who believed that stimulating that area would improve their eyesight and help them spot lands far on the horizon.
Today, more than 80% of Australians have had their earlobes pierced (me being one of them), but we should know how piercings affect us. Before I did ear piercing in Sydney at the Tattoo Movement, I learned that our ears are a micro-system; there is an entire set of acupuncture points on our ear, and every energy center of the body can be represented on a part of it:
Looking at the picture above, it is evident that by hitting the right spot, you can treat a number of health issues. Conch is known to help with muscle relaxation and chronic pain; a third hole placement helps with depression and the first one with eyesight; rook releases stress; cartilage rim treats insomnia and helps with allergies; finally, a number of people chose to pierce their tragus to lose weight. Taking all of this into consideration, it is safe to say piercings, in general, can have many benefits, if positioned carefully.
Are there any negative side-effects?
Nevertheless, one has to remember that wherever the metal is present, the energy flow is distorted in that place.
If a piercing is positioned near a meridian, it throws it off and can have smaller or larger effect on one person’s health. Piercing in one of the energy lines can cause weakness in one entire organ or your system.
Furthermore, bear in mind that every single person’s energy is different and resonates with different type of metal, and it can cause issues if your body absorbs it.
The body parts most prone to infection, and yet the most commonly pierced ones, are:
Many are those who ask themselves whether a pierced tongue will affect their oral health, and the answer is yes. Oral piercings are known to cause a number of issues: chipped or cracked teeth are something almost everyone complain about, and gingival recession is not so rare itself. Piercing can affect a person’s tongue movement and cause teeth to shift. With all this in mind, if you do choose to pierce your tongue, always go for plastic jewelry instead of the metal one.
When it comes to the belly button ring, we are not only talking about the infection and skin irritation, but impeding the flow of energy that can have effect on fertility in women, as well. What is more, jewelry in the naval can get caught on clothing, and this constant irritation could prolong the healing period.
Nipples are quite sensitive areas, and even the smallest infection could scar the breast tissue and limit a woman’s ability to breastfeed later.
The bottom line is that body piercings come with a number of benefits, but if not thought through carefully, can have negative effect on our health, as well. Your entire body is sensitive in nature, and if a person chooses to have a part of it pierced, they are advised to consult with a professional first.