This week I’m going to show you one of the holiday gifts I got for myself. It’s called Enpishin in Japanese. I guess it’s called Press Tack in English according to the package.
It’s a tiny needle embedded in a double layered stickers and you put it on where it hurts and leave it on. It’s like an acupuncture but the needle is much much shorter.
It comes in like this on a little tray. You peel it off and there’s a tiny needle. I hope you can see it. And you just stick it on your skin.
I got three different thickness and length: This one is .18mm thick and 1.1mm long. This one is .18mm thick and 1.3mm. And this one is .20mm thick and 1.6mm long.
I have very tight shoulders so I’m trying these on my shoulders. You can put this on where it hurts but it works better on the acupressure points which I happen to know. So I’m trying these on Gallbladder 21 or GB 21 on the highest point of the shoulder muscle. It’s halfway between C7 which is the big bump that sticks out when you look down and the tip of the shoulder bone called acromion. Simply it’s where it hurts good when you press.
Since it’s my very first time I’m using the shortest one and I think they are helping. It could be psychological but it doesn’t bother me at all and when I work long hours I think my shoulders feel lighter than usual. When I put it on the skin I feel maybe a tiny bit of sting but it doesn’t hurt at all even when I press over it hard on a daily basis. I’ve read recommendations of leaving it on for at least 3 hours and up to 2 weeks. I’ve had these for almost a week with regular daily activities with no problem but the stickiness is going away so it’s almost time for the new one. BTW do not press this point if you are pregnant.
I’ve done and believe in the beauty acupuncture for anti-aging facelift and supposedly these will help too so I’ll be trying that for myself.
If you want to try this you have to consult your acupuncturist who supports the idea of using this device because in the United States you have to be a licensed acupuncturist to be able to even purchase this device. As you can see here it says “Caution – FOR U.S. ONLY Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of qualified practitioners of acupuncture as determined by the States.” But in Japan it’s available for anyone to use as a self-healing device only on yourself.
My acupuncturist told me that the used acupuncture needle is a biohazard material and it must be disposed properly just like any other needles that’s used for shots. So I’m getting a biohazard container too for my new self-healing device.
Massage Monday #322 Enpishin Press Tack Review http://bit.ly/mm-122616