Can a belly button piercing affect your health?

Sacral Chakra

Lately I’ve been thinking that I want to remove my belly button bar. I had it pierced for my 17th birthday and now that I’m a bit older, I decided that I didn’t want it anymore. After I took it out I was curious to know if there are any effects that a belly button piercing may have on you. Interestingly enough, there are quite a lot of websites urging people not to have them pierced! Here’s why:

Meridian Channels:

In terms of acupuncture, your belly button is right on the meridian channel for the central nervous system. In martial arts, this area is called the ‘hare’ - your main power centre. By focusing on this centre you can channel more strength, and to place a metal piercing here can short circuit this energy.

The belly button also sits on the Conception Vessel Meridian. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), you never pierce this point with an acupuncture needle, it is forbidden. Piercing this area and leaving a metal bar inserted can create an energy obstruction and can cause energy imbalances through the body, which ultimately causes sickness in the future. TCM believes that it may also cause problems with your reproductive system.


A piercing in your belly button can put your second chakra out of alignment. Your navel is located (not surprisingly) at the navel chakra/sacral chakra or Swadhisthana Chakra. This is the centre of creativity, passion, attention, concentration, intuition and your connection to others. Misalignment of this chakra can result in a loss of motivation and concentration, can make you over or under-emotional, have a fear of change and creates blocks in your creativity. If you would like to read more about this chakra, please click here, and to find out how to rebalance your chakra, please click here.

Maybe I’m looking too much into this, but I just found it so interesting that I had to share what I found. Anything you do to your body affects the whole. However please remember in spite of what I have written, I am sure there are people out there who have had their belly buttons pierced and have no health issues. So you don’t need to freak out if you already have one. If you do decide to remove your piercings, I would recommend visiting an acupuncturist afterwards to rebalance your energy systems and remove any blockages.

J xx

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