The 7-star hammer is a tool that makes use of the plum blossom needle technique. Plum blossom needling refers to the use of multiple needles to simultaneously puncture the skin and may be used in a regular acupuncture treatment. The 7-star hammer is a superficial needling modality that is most often applied to treat skin diseases, although it does have wider applications that may be indicated in certain non-skin-related conditions.
Use of the 7-star hammer intentionally causes irritation to the skin and, in certain conditions, minor bleeding may be induced to increase therapeutic effectiveness. Redness and beneficial bruising are the common effects of 7-star hammer therapy and naturally resolve within a few days to a week, in the average patient.
After 7-star hammer treatments extra care should be taken to avoid exposing the treated area to wind and cold and it is advisable to avoid wetting or dirtying the treated area for four to six hours after treatment to ensure that the skin has properly and thoroughly sealed itself thereby reducing the risk of infection.
Disclaimer: Certain genetic and circulatory conditions and old age may increase the probability of undesireable side-effects and risks as outlined in the Specified Informed Consent Form for this therapy.
Notice: Patients with hemophilia or those patients taking prescription blood thinners will NOT be treated with this therapy.