A reader recently sent me this question, and I would like to share my answer with you: “My 9 and 6 year old daughters asked to have their ears pierced … Should I discourage them? Is piercing harmful to health and the energy that flows through the ears?”
If the piercing is done on an acupressure / acupuncture point, but not only (see further below), it obviously affects the vital energy. This impacts both the said point, and the energy flow along the meridian where the piercing is located.
Each acupressure point is connected to a metabolic function, a mental state and an emotion. Piercing a point disturbs the balance these functions and states.
This is particularly true for the ears, since the ears harbor around 300 acupressure points, all connected to an organ! For example, the lobe is connected to the eyes. For more information, take a look at the chart: you will see which organ is connected to where you plan to pierce.
The same is true for the meridians. Each meridian regulates an organ and its role, a mental state and an emotion. It takes only one imbalanced point along it to disturb the whole meridian.
However, life energy flows much like water: the meridians ultimately follow the path of steepest descent and depending on the physical obstacles in its path. So my belief is that the flow finds its way around the piercing zone, to then merge back after this obstacle.
That said, the point is pierced, and that is not healthy.
Some acupressure / TCM practitioners believe that the piercing can be therapeutic. Namely, since acupuncture points are stimulated with needles, piercing is no different, and would even give a permanent and therefore beneficial stimulation.
I do not agree with this view because:
1) Acupuncture needles (or finger pressure) only stimulate the points. There is not mutilation.
2) The skin and body are allergic to many metals. Unless you wear a piercing made of the same material as acupuncture needles, the permanent presence of poor quality and / or allergen metal is unhealthy.
3) Also, metal disrupts energy. So in the end the flow is diverted from its course and deformed by the metal field. Thus, a piercing that is not located precisely on an acupressure point or meridian still impacts the vital energy (and therefore the person’s health and well-being).
In conclusion, in my eyes piercing is detrimental to the balance of the energy flow, more or less deeply depending on the location and nature of the piercing.
In any case, 9 and 6 y.o. seem too young. Late teens might be a better time, but during the years when the body grows and evolves (and finds its “form” and its “music”), piercing seems really premature.
Ironically enough my lobes are pierced since I am 20 and I had never thought of that question! Since my correspondance with that reader, whom I thank, I removed my earrings, and I am patiently waiting for the holes to close naturally …