Two types are used:
- plum blossom needle is a hammer-like tool with 5 needles
- seven-star needle composed of 7 needles
The small plate containing the stainless steel needles are attached to a plastic handle. It is used to prick the skin superficially by tapping.The tapping needle method is suitable to patients who are very sensitive to pain.
It greatly stimulates the flow of Qi and blood.The tapping may be light, moderate or heavy depending on the nature of disease and the pain tolerance of he patient. Heavy tapping may draw some blood in some conditions.
- Strong pain
- Skin problems