Traditional Chinese acupuncture is simply the insertion of small needles into our skin on various pressure points throughout our bodies, which is something that alone some may find a little unsettling. However, a new niche within the area has recently sprouted up and some parents in Hong Kong are even claiming that this new method of needle insertion is helping their autistic children with their drooling problems. This new method of pain relief and nerve soothing is known as tongue acupuncture. Although the concept might sound a little bit scary to you and me, the Chinese swear by it, and believe that all of our internal organs are linked through our tongues and each nook and cranny of the tongue is hard-wired to a different part of the body. This is because it is believed that the tongue represents the condition of the heart, and the heart is the powerhouse in, which keeps all of our other organs moist and running smoothly.

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Acupuncture offers the promise of pain relief, such as back pain or shoulder aching by strategically placing needles on certain tense nerves within the skin in order to loosen them up and relieve tension.

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This strange healing method dates all the way back to Ancient China, two-thousand five hundred years ago. However, one thing that the acupuncturist always asks the patient when receiving a treatment is to look at their tongue. Since the Chinese believe that the tongue is a gateway to a person’s insides, this means that even just looking at it can give valuable insight into what kind of treatment the patient may require. Things such as the tongue’s texture and color are taken into account, and each color and texture represents a different state of being based on eight rather complex Chinese principles. Recently, niche tongue acupuncturists have been sprouting up claiming this new acupuncture can relive aching pain, but also cure inner illness as well, based on the belief that our tongues and organs are linked.


Despite the wonderful proclamations of the Chinese doctors, however, western researchers are still skeptical about the benefits proclaimed and believe that patients of this peculiar therapy are experiencing results, simply out of placebo, or the physiological belief that the treatment works. Much research is yet to be done, but even its treatment works only out of placebo, it is still a worthwhile practice to try.