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Plum Blossom

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Plum blossom, sometimes referred to as "seven-star" needles, are sterile tools that have a handle like a hammer, with several (usually 5-7) very small needles attached at the end. They are used as a specific technique in traditional Chinese medicine under the subheading of cutaneous or dermal acupuncture. It entails the use of acupuncture needles to stimulate a local area, meridian, or acupuncture point, by performing superficial tapping to promote the smooth flow of Qi and Blood. Plum blossom needling has been found to be quite effective in conditions such as alopecia (hair loss), gout, facial paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, and various skin diseases.

Author: David Tucker, LAc, LMP

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