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Don’t Pierce Your Belly Button

CV8.gifI caught the following conversation between two pretty women in the ladies’ room of a Manhattan restaurant. One of the women was pregnant. And she said, “So my acupuncturist made me take the ring out of my belly button.”
Really?” her friend exclaimed.
“Yeah, he said, ‘Let’s give this baby a chance.'”
Enthralled by this ripe exchange, I called Manhattan acupuncturist Robert Abramson and asked him about it. “Oh,” he softly chuckled, “Maybe her acupuncturist was me!”
Turns out belly button piercing is an especially bad idea from an acupuncturist’s perspective.
Abramson explains: “The belly button rests upon a central meridian known as the ‘conception vessel,’ and this meridian is of paramount importance for conception in all of its aspects– obviously in the conceiving of a child, but also in the conceiving of new ideas.”
Any ornamental piercing on the body (a well as the metal object that rests in it) will interfere with the smooth flow of the body’s chi (or vital life force), so when considering a new hole (even in your ear or nose), you must weigh the costs and benefits. Abramson says he’s heard that pirates of yore pierced their ears to offset the symptoms of sea sickness. Changes that look purely ornamental, can have accompanying–if subtle–physical effects.
The social pressure to conform to fashion and pierce the ears or nose today is so great, however, that Abramson has no enormous reaction when he meets a new client who has pierced these areas. But key to the practice of Chinese medicine is the notion that anything you do to a part influences the whole. He asks his clients to consider that in all they do. And even though a piercing or tattoo (which Abramson sees as even more benign) creates a physical change, you’ve engaged in behavior that has mental and spiritual implications. This behooves us to pay close attention to our actions and stay flexible, he says. All permanent decisions should obviously be evaluated through a filter of future time. How’s this going to look when I’m older? And in the case of the belly button: how will this effect me if I ever want to conceive? Even men, Abramson says, aren’t the best candidates for belly button piercing if they want to impregnate a partner.
“We all want to be peacocks,” Abramson says. But it is generally wisest to leave yourself unaltered in as much as you can.
And belly button rings? Well, they’ve got to go.
I hope the woman I eavesdropped on is enjoying the full flow of her chi now, and has had a great pregnancy!
Here’s some information on illness, acupuncture, and navel-piercing.
And here’s a fascinating-looking book, “The Tao of Piercing,” that explains how to pierce consciously.

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posted July 26, 2007 at 3:50 pm

I looked on Amazon — says that book is $91?!?

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posted July 27, 2007 at 8:34 am

Wow! Well, there goes my idea to pierce my belly button. Hmm!

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posted August 7, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Besides offsetting the affect of sea-sickness (new one to me, really) I have read and was told, that “privateers” wore crosses in their ears to cover the cost of a Christian burial, if they perished at sea (and were recovered by honest people!)
I’ve been in R&R since my teens (52, now). A lot of musicians were getting them (mainly from the “punk” genre), and I fell in step with my first (in the _left_ ear. The right ear, I had heard, was a red light for homosexuals, which I’m not. Left ear it is.)
The second, in the left ear, was a Father/Son-thing. He has since let his grow shut. Me, I added a third higher up the ear, through cartilage, because I’m a fan of “The Trinity” and the band I was in at the time had three players.
I’m NOT a piercing freak, bur I dare say my 18 year-old daughter may be. I won’t be giving out ANY information about her, so don’t ask.
The BaJoran ear “rings”, from the Star Trek spin-off “Deep Space Nine” have always interested me. I know I’ve seen them somewhere…

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posted July 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

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posted August 19, 2012 at 4:06 am

What’s the hestxway to clean sterling silver jewellery?

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