Quite few people are freaked out when they see this picture and they think it’s an acupuncture needle. It’s actually a form of acupuncture called Fire Needling used in China. They don’t really pierce into the skin but rather slightly dab the points after the needle is heated.
Fire needling is a treatment based on the heating of an acupuncture needle until red hot, and rapidly inserting and then removing it into an acupuncture point or a specific area.Fire needling has the actions of both acupuncture needles and fire, the heat Qi and Blood in the channels, thus promotes the flow of Qi and Blood to regulate the sinews. Also, it promotes local blood saturation to nourish the tendons and removes stagnation. Its used to treat all conditions, which, due to stagnated Channels, Qi and Blood movement stagnation, Channel blockage, malnourished muscle spasms, numbness, itching, paralysis etc.
There is a really great book by one of my teachers on fire needling by Professor Lin Guo Hua from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine where I studied. There are not any English translations available but I think they’re working on it. Its 32.80 rmb (7 USD unbelievable!) on Chinese Amazon:
- Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
- Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.