HONEY BEE VS. WASP

Wasp or Bee? You tell me.

Make sure you’re aware of the differing characteristics between cute little honeybees and their dangerously aggressive cousins. All jokes aside, the two insects are quite the contrast of one another, especially in their contributions. While swatting down a stray wasp in your house this summer may not ruffle any feathers, do your best to be positive you’re not harming one of our precious pollinating friends by mistake.

While all forms of these insects may be a little scary as they buzz past your ear on a summer day, but trust me when I tell you that these fuzzy flying bugs are much more important to us than you may have thought before.

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The use of natural materials in body jewelry fashion is a trend that refuses to be ignored. It’s easy to understand why the modified culture has been turning to organic and naturally derived jewelry considering the current chaotic state our climate is in. These types of materials, which include but are not limited to wood, horn, bone, stone, and shell are not only good for the health of our piercings; they’re also amazing for the well-being of our planet.

But how are plugs for stretched ears or semi-precious stone belly rings going to make you any more eco-friendly…or how will something from nature be any better for your body than something man-made?

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Thanks for checking out Part Two of Bodycandy.com’s discussion of piercing and acupuncture, “On Pins and Needles.”  After receiving several follow up questions to Ann’s March 8 blog post: “Can the Daith Piercing Cure Migraine Headaches?” (which you can check out by clicking here) we wanted to delve deeper into the discussion of piercing in relation to acupuncture. Today’s post focuses on some of the data that was evident after my research. Check out Part Three on July 29th to hear about a solid study I discovered of piercing and acupuncture combined!

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“I’m an English major, guys. I love this nerd stuff”–Me


First up: testimonials. There is no doubt about it. A lot of people are saying that they are having success with the daith and other piercings as a pain management tool. Here are a few common elements that I have observed while following up on this aspect of piercing and acupuncture:

  • Many people heard about this piercing online or from friends and then tried it for themselves.
  • Many of the testimonials were given within a few weeks to one month of the original piercing.
  • Very few of the testimonials mentioned the consultation of a trained acupuncture professional or piercer with acupuncture training.

Next: piercing professionals. Though this topic is widely discussed online very few piercing professionals boast professional training BOTH in the art of piercing and in the study of acupuncture.

  • To be specific, I found one piercing professional who has trained with a licensed and respected acupuncturist. This is not to say that there are not more, just that they were not evident after a few hours of online research.
  • This is to say that if your piercer claims to be trained in both—>DO YOUR RESEARCH! Both pain management and acupuncture specialists undergo medical training and screening to become licensed. Giving untrained medical advice is a crime and unprofessional too. 

Finally: acupuncturists studying both acupuncture and piercing. Again, I found one who happens to have worked with the ONE piercing professional (that one up there^) that has trained in acupuncture. 

  • The gist is this–all roads point to two ladies and their combined work in professional piercing and acupuncture.

Check back July 29th for a final installment of “On Pins and Needles,” where I will finally give up that hard data on what a piercing professional and trained acupuncturist have to say about piercing and acupuncture in combined practice. 

Click here to reach Ann’s original blog post discussing the Daith and Migraines, or here to see Part One of “On Pins and Needles!”


Have some experience with our topic? Let us know by leaving your comment!


EAR PIERCINGS

Our second entry we’ll be discussing in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the Upper Ear Lobe Piercing. Some people later opt to get a second or third hole above the first standard lobe piercing – and those ear piercings would be considered to be upper lobe or “high lobe” piercings, which are mostly performed as a compliment to the standard lobe piercing.

Location: higher up on the fleshy portion of the ear near where the helix begins

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring or barbell from 22 gauge (0.6mm) up to 14 gauge (1.6mm) is used in lengths/diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 5/8″ (16mm); jewelry types used can include BCR, horseshoe circular barbell, straight barbell, labret stud, or nostril ring/stud

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 4-8 weeks; can be longer (up to 9 months!) if your ear’s anatomy has cartilage present where your upper lobe piercing is placed

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and avoid things like public telephones and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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Bodycandy.com is familiar with the recent debate about piercings as a tool in the management of chronic pain. After receiving several follow up questions to Ann’s March 8 blog post: “Can the Daith Piercing Cure Migraine Headaches?” (which you can check out by clicking here) we wanted to delve deeper into the discussion of piercing in relation to acupuncture. Yay, research!

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“I’m an English major, guys. I love this nerd stuff”–Me

In this first segment of “On Pins and Needles,” I’m going to summarize my basic findings. In part two, available next week, we’ll discuss the hard facts available on this complicated subject.

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Head to http://www.jefsaunders.com and his “Confessions of a Piercing Nerd” blog for the perspective of a humorous skeptic who happens to be a piercer too!

Available information on acupuncture and pain management through piercing suggest one clear fact: There aren’t many facts. There is, however, lots of discussion. Three main voices emerge in the argument for and against the combined practice:

  • individuals getting pierced: testimonials!
  • piercing professionals
  • acupuncturists studying both

Common discourse today revolves around the daith piercing (shown to the right–>) but further research reveals a more in-depth discussion.

The following bullets contain an initial summary of the established facts and strongly held opinions of individuals and professionals involved with this topic: 

  • Most accredited acupuncture associations are hesitant to take a stance on permanent piercings and acupuncture, claiming insufficient study or that fields like auriculotherapy (a relatively modern evolution specialized at the ear) are too far removed from traditional practice to comment on.
  • Testimonials by piercers as well as people who have gotten their daith and other acupuncture points pierced come in all shapes and sizes. Claims of no effect, partial or completely reduced pain for two weeks to one month, and emotional accounts of total relief from pain are all common.
  • Very few piercers are trained in acupuncture or work closely with acupuncturists. Reputable professional piercers speak on this issue with caution because of laws that restrict offering opinions that could be misunderstood as medical. If your piercer is claiming direct knowledge in this area, follow up. Ask questions! Don’t be fooled by opinions or inexperience.
  • Very few acupuncturists are trained in the art of piercing or work closely with piercers, though they tend to be versed in the effects of interruption of the body’s natural energy flow–Qi–and the effects of scar tissue on frequently used acupuncture points. While this knowledge isn’t specifically based on piercing experience, some of it still applies.

Check back next week to hear more about what I learned about permanent piercings and acupuncture treatments. Click here to reach Ann’s original blog post discussing the Daith and Migraines.


Click here for Part Two of “On Pins and Needles,” (available Friday, July 8th) and here for Part Three (available July 22) to learn about a few of the related facts and studies that I discovered! Have some experience with our topic? Let us know by leaving your comment!


 


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BodyCandy team member Liz decided to get her second nose piercing done recently. “I didn’t really have any expectations, other than having a needle go through my nostril,” she said. That’s the beauty of being pierced and proud!

Of course we headed to American Skin Art (located in Buffalo, NY) to let James work his magic.

“It was the best piercing experience I’ve ever had, honestly. James at American Skin Art was nothing but professional through the preparation, physical piercing, and even after.”

Liz’s nose piercing started just like all piercings do, with some quick cleaning to sterilize her nostril for the piercing. James was careful to measure perfectly so that both sides of Liz’s nose would line up symmetrically. The piercing itself involves inserting a hollow receiving tube into the nostril, which will prevent the needle from poking the inside of the nose. Liz takes a deeeeep breath, and James then pushes the needle through. The tube slides out of the nostril, and James attaches a cork to the exposed sharp end of the needle.

James then pushes the needle the remainder of the way through the piercing, following closely behind with the jewelry. “The most uncomfortable part was the transition from the needle to the actual jewelry, just the same for any other piercing,” Liz said. And that’s that!

“The piercing itself is not painful by any means. There’s a bit of noticeable discomfort while smiling and yawning. You realize just how much you move your nose with a fresh nostril piercing! Other than that, the piercing only causes a dull ache that is easily forgotten. I haven’t experienced any swelling yet, and it’s been almost five hours after the piercing.”

Healing Time: 3-4 months
Initial jewelry: L-shaped nose ring

 

standard ear lobe piercing

Our first piercing we’ll discuss in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the standard ear lobe piercing.

Location: the fleshy area of the lower part of your ear where the lobe is at its fullest

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring or barbell from 22 gauge (0.6mm) up to 18 gauge (1mm) is used in lengths/diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 5/8″ (16mm), but gauge sizes up to 10 gauge (2.4mm) can be pierced in this location; jewelry types used can include BCR, horseshoe circular barbell, straight barbell, labret stud, or nostril ring/stud

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 4-8 weeks; generally is an easy and quick healing process

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and avoid things like public telephones and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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International Body Piercing Day

If you didn’t already know, today – June 28th – is International Body Piercing Day! YASSS! This awesome holiday is celebrated on the birthday of a person we all should be grateful for if we have a piercing in our body: Jim Ward, the man who is best known for the innovations he brought to the industry of body piercing, including the internally threaded barbell (I love internally threaded everything, so this was an interesting fact for me personally!). Today is a day meant for continuing the ongoing legacy that Jim Ward started for us pierced folk, which is promoting the education and awareness of both the culture surrounding body piercings and the proper safety standards that should be practiced with them.

Fun Tip: Many piercing studios celebrate today with offers that will have you running to get that waitlisted piercing you’ve been wanting, so if I were you, I’d check out your social media accounts and hunt for any postings of deals around your area!

Even if you don’t celebrate by getting a piercing today, you can treat yourself to a little something new for your piercing with our huge selection of body jewelry trends, including:

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Click on the above image to try on one of our awesome nipple rings for a style that’ll put your breast above the rest. From looks that’ll make you feel like a bohemian goddess to classy shields and barbells that will bring you to a timeless era, these best-selling nipple rings will make you want to show it off. Whether you choose to do so or not is all up to you!

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We all know there’s no such thing as too many belly button rings, so why not take a look at our most popular navel rings of 2016? From the still rising trend of synthetic opals to top mount and double mount dangles, there’s no shortage of unique styles, including plenty of our handcrafted creations. Just click on the image above and thank me later!

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From your head to your toes – don’t forget about your nose! Even if you prefer a simple look, maybe it’s time to upgrade your nose ring look to something that reflects your multi-faceted fashion sense. Browse by clicking on the above examples and you’ll see what I mean – who knew that there could be so many choices to decorate your nose piercing?!

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To learn more about the culture behind body piercings and body modification, just click here 🙂

Today of all days gives us PLENTY of reasons to celebrate our modified bodies, so don’t be a stranger – tag your photos on social media with #bodycandy or #bodycandyshoutout so we can see all your beautiful pierced faces (and torsos, and ears, and…you know the drill!). Oh, and make sure to snap us your #piercedselfie on Snapchat! Our username is the same as our website: bodycandy.com!

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Get into a patriotic state of mind for the 4th of July with a body jewelry upgrade that will say something to the world about your all-American style!

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Find a little freedom and justice for all of your favorite piercings here by clicking below for a perfectly patriotic selection from our red, white, and blue section!

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