Navel Piercings – Bad Idea

Navel piercings inhibit the flow of qi and jing in the conception vessel.
Conception Vessel Blockage - Not a good thing

A navel piercing may seem like a benign adornment, but acupuncture theory strongly suggests that this is not a healthy or safe practice.

The problem is that the piercing is creating a semi-permanent obstruction in the flow of a very important energy channel known as the Conception Vessel (or Ren Mai in Chinese). The conception runs from between the legs up the front of the body, ending below the mouth. Here’s a diagram of the Conception Vessel, for the curious. If you do look at the diagram, notice that the navel is an acupuncture point on the Conception Vessel- CV-8. You may also notice CV-8 is a point that one is specifically forbidden to needle.

When an obstruction like a navel piercing is placed in a channel it creates a physical blockage to the flow of the channel. The piercing represents a constant interruption in the energetic field of the body. As you might gather from its name in English, the Conception Vessel is a very important channel in the energetics of the reproductive system.

Consequently the blockage created by the piercing can possibly lead to problems down the road, particularly with the reproductive system:

  • Infertility
  • Amenorrhea (no menstrual periods)
  • Cervical Dysplasia (abnormal cells of the cervix which may lead to cancer)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis

When a woman comes to me for treatment with menstrual complaints or infertility it is very common for her to have either a navel piercing or surgical scar along or across the Conception Vessel. It is also pretty rare that I talk to someone who has had a navel piercing for more than five years who doesn’t have some sort of menstrual or cervical abnormality.

Some people can do okay with navel piercings for a few years, but problems may develop down the line. I’m sure it is possible that most people will never develop symptoms from a navel piercing. Is it worth the risk? You’ll need to decide for yourself.

15 Responses to Navel Piercings – Bad Idea

  1. So It Basically Messes With The Reproductive System Meaning It May Cause Birth Defects Or What? I Do Not Understand The Problem That Is Being Explained. Can Someone Please Explain It To Me?

    • Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks for your question. First off, I have never made any claims about birth defects. What is happening with navel piercings is a disruption in a woman’s energy alone. A fetus in the womb is well protected, and I doubt would be directly affected by a belly button piercing.

      What I am describing is a scenario that may make it more difficult to conceive, or possibly create problems for a woman’s health. I know of no link to birth defects at all.

      I’ve recorded a video on this topic since this blog post. Perhaps it will help clear things up. Here is the link: Navel Piercings vs. Reproductive Health

  2. The piercing isn’t going to block anything, it’s just in the skin. It’s not like the poke a big hole into your stomach. That I could understand. But it would hurt more if they really did it like that. They just pierce the skin. It’s like the top of the “circle” where the belly button is and it goes out the stop of that skin. It doesn’t even go below the actual navel itself. A better fact, is that they don’t bleed. So it’s not hitting ANYTHING. It would probably be illegal if this was true. I’m still getting one.

    • Thanks for your comment, Rikkel. I hope you are happy and healthy with your piercing and stay that way.

      We’re talking about the energetic anatomy of the body, not the physical anatomy. The whole basis of acupuncture is affecting the field of the body with metal needles in a very specific way. With a navel piercing you are creating an artificial perturbation in a vulnerable spot in the energetic field of the body. Over a period of years, in my experience, this seems to have a deleterious impact on health.

  3. I have 2 questions….

    1. Will using a non-metal ring effect the energetic field? My naval has been pierced for 10 plus years and recently was advised to take it out for this reason or at the very least change to a non-metal ring. I am not currently trying to get pregnant and don’t really notice any issues….however I understand what you are saying here.

    2. Does a nipple piercing have the same effect?

    • Hi Mary,
      1. The earliest “acupuncture” tools were stone (OUCH!), so yes even a non-metal ring will have an impact. That said, steel and silver rings are worse choices than say plastic or gold as they have more of a dispersing effect.

      2. A nipple piercing has an effect, but a different one. The nipple is considered another point that is never to be needled. In its case the obstruction affects the stomach channel (foot yang ming).

  4. Hi have had belly peircing for ten years. 2 ceasarian sections over 15 to 17 years ago. Trying to conceive for 7 months now. Just took my belly peircing out today and gently rubbing hand upwards over tummy. Do i need to do anything else to help me to conceive and how long to re heal or for channel to heal.

    • The upward massage is a great idea. You can also take the flesh surrounding the piercing and gently pinch and roll it around your fingers to help to break up any scar tissue that has developed.

      The other obvious thing you can do is acupuncture. An acupuncturist can open and reinforce the conception vessel (ren mai) using various techniques.

  5. an acupuncturist told me about this today.
    I have
    Amenorrhea (no menstrual periods)
    Also had
    Cervical Dysplasia (abnormal cells of the cervix which may lead to cancer)

    I am going to take mine out now and hope it helps.

  6. I am curious as I have had my navel pierced now 4-5 years. I have recently become aware of the disruptions that piercings can cause. So I am looking to find out if simply removing the piercing will restore the body’s energy field, or have I cause permanent damage to my energy field?

    Thank You in advance for your response.

    • Hi Michelle,

      The body is very resilient and has a natural tendency to heal itself. Time, a healthy diet, a healthy lifestyle, acupuncture, Tai Chi, yoga, massage, energy work… all of these things (and certainly others) can help speed your body’s recovery. It may take time and (some) effort, but your body will heal with proper care.

  7. I just removed my navel ring last week after having it for 15 years. I had this particular ring in for 13 years with our removing it once, and honestly forgot it was even there I had it for so long. Once I removed it, I noticed the qi moving instantaneously. Which surprised me as I am very sensitive to internal and external qi. It was such a dramatic change that it led me google it, as my husband said that it was a disruption of the conception vessel… turns out he was right. This area of the body rules financial abundance as well as sexual-creative energy, so I am excited to see how the changes will manifest in my reality.

  8. Hello, so I was wondering if I got a crystal or some sort of other more natural for your energy jewelry would help? or if the pierce its self effects your energy flow?

  9. I took mine out for 3 months and saw no change in chi, nor in my menstrual period which was just as light as before. I loved my belly button ring- so I put it back in…

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