My imagination fails very April Fools Days. I think I should be able to come up with a form of pseudo-medicine that is both ridiculous yet sounds like a 'reasonable' pseudo-medical treatment.

And I can't do it. How to compete with homeopathy or reiki or Tong Ren? There really are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in my philosophy.

So I am left with all the variations of pseudo-medicines that are, amazingly, actually practiced.

I have been a connoisseur of acupunctures. Pseudo-medical providers and meta-analyses often sound like acupunctures is a monolithic procedure. It isn't. Acupunctures have perhaps as many variations as there are practitioners and I am always amazed to find yet another variation on the theme.

I came across Plum-blossom needling promoted PpIX fluorescence intensity from 5-aminolevulinic acid in porcine skin model and patients with actnic keratosis in my feeds. In PubMed of all places. And it turns out there are 45 hits searching for "Plum-blossom", treating everything from ataxia of cerebellar apoplexy to mosquito bites.

Plum-blosson needling has been combined with blood letting (!?!), catgut implantation, moxibustion and, of course, electricity.

Even within the style, plum-blosson needling has remarkable variety. But what, you ask, is plum-blosson needling? Put seven needles (it is also called the seven star) on the end of a flexible hammer that rapidly thwap the acupoints.

The flexible handle is flicked in such a way that the head of the dermal needle lands quickly and gently on the area to be treated. It is a fast movement and can be used to cover a fairly large area in a short time. The skin surface is lightly broken so tiny bits of blood may be seen at the surface.


You want to tap and move that chi according to one video.

Who needs April Fools when we have Alternative Medicine?