A TCM doctor in Nanning by the name of Wei Shengchu (韦盛初) has stuck 2008 needles in his head to “welcome” the upcoming Beijing Olympics in a wild, wacky publicity stunt. From the Business Times 《时代商报》:
50 year old Wei Shengchu has loved traditional Chinese medicine since young. On 25 Sept 2002, he read on the papers that a Canadian man had stuck 420 needles on his rigt and left arms and successfully clinched a Guinness record for himself. Wei was very surprised since he thought this was no great feat at all, and 420 was not a particularly big number. According to Wei’s calculations, if he worked on both disinfecting the needles and piercing them at the same time, then he would be able to stick between 5-7 needles per minute. If all the needles were to be disinfected first and consecutively pierced, then he would be able to stick in 12 needles each minute. That would be the maximum possible speed. Through repeated research, trial and error, Wei decided to stick the needles in his face and head, working his way up from 1380 needles all the way up to 2100. He began to develop great confidence in his technique and even went in public to perform.
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