As I’m thinking about settling down and having kids within the next two years, I’ve been planning everything out from optimizing my diet, to figuring out balance with my career, to taking prenatal vitamins, to doing more yoga and meditation, detoxing, cleaning up my self care products, you name it.
This may sound superficial, but as I finished putting on my clothes one day I thought of something I was forgetting. My belly button ring!! I’ve had it in since I was 17. The wheels in my head started spinning, “How soon before I start trying should I remove it?” “How much scarring am I going to have?””How soon will it heal?”
I quickly called a friend, who happens to be an amazing Naturopathic Doctor (Dr. Lauren Noel), to ask her about this issue. I knew she would have an answer. Since we talk about the most random hippy things, this was just a normal conversation.
Her first impression: Your belly button ring might be interrupting your Qi. (Qi= pronounced like chi)
That idea had never occurred to me! I knew what Qi was and the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but had forgotten all about this potential interference. When I was 17 the LAST thing I was concerned about was Qi. Looking hot in my bathing suit was my biggest concern.
What is Qi?
Qi is an invisible energy force that flows freely in a healthy person, but is weakened or blocked when a person is ill. The illness is a result of the blockage, rather than the blockage being the result of the illness.
What’s the problem with a belly button piercing?
When you get a belly button piercing, you create an obstruction of an important energy channel known as the Conception Vessel. A free-flowing Conception channel is essential to a healthy reproductive system. What you are doing when you pierce the belly button is you are interrupting the energy flow. In the belly button area, the flow that is interrupted impacts the entire central nervous system and has implications on fertility and women’s vitality.
This point is actually a forbidden point for needling in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Practitioners can warm the area, but they will not puncture that zone.
What do some acupuncturists say about this?
According to Balanced Being Acupuncture:
“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.”
My acupuncturist brought light to the issues of putting metals into your body. She noted that certain metals may lead to hormonal burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, or hyperactivity within the body. She even suggested a detox to rid my body from as many of the metals/toxins that I could.
So what is the take away point?
Just simply removing your belly button ring PROBABLY won’t be your golden ticket to fertility. In fact, there may be no significant changes to your health by removing it. However, if you are a strong believer in Traditional Chinese Medicine, want to make sure all of your bases are covered, or are just at that age where having a belly button ring is probably past your time 🙂 you may want to consider removing it.
Just something to think about!
It was sad to part ways…. but I said goodbye to mine.
Photo: Balanced Being Acupuncture/By Benjamin David (Flickr: Nombril troué) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons