Acupuncture is an ancient method of medicine that uses the body’s energy or Qi (chee) to treat conditions such as pain, dizziness, nausea, chronic conditions, post-stroke paralysis, drug and alcohol addiction, etc. Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile, single-use needles placed in specific locations around the body to manipulate that energy. There are acupuncture points all over the body, including the face and scalp. Where you will have needles placed will depend on your signs and symptoms.
“7 Star,” or plum blossom needling, is a technique that uses a specially designed small plastic hammer with 7 small needle tips. Like acupuncture needles, these are very fine, small needles, and the surface area of the hammer prevents them from penetrating deeply into the skin. This technique is often used with early stage cold symptoms, trauma, and long term pain. The practitioner will use the 7 star needle to lightly tap on the affected area, rather than inserting a single needle into the area. It should not be painful. There may be slight bleeding, depending on your condition.