AURICULAR (EAR) ACUPUNCTURE
What is Auricular Acupuncture?
Auricular Acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. Treatment is performed by needling the respective points on the ear and, if necessary, also on the body.
How it works?
This specific form of acupuncture was developed in the 1950’s by the French physician, Dr. Paul Nogier. He discovered that the surface of the outer ear (auricle) is a reflex area on which all parts of the body are represented. The map of these points on the ear is in the form of an upside down fetus with all the fine details of every part of the emotional and physical body represented.
By examining individual reflex zones on the ear, the therapist can indicate precisely where in the body the pain is located and which of the organs are affected. Certain disturbances in the body, which can delay, or even prevent, the healing process can be located. The therapist can determine whether there is an inflammation or toxic load somewhere in the body. The therapist can then indicate the priority points for treatment.
Examination is done by measuring voltage differences on the ear surface. Individual ear points that represent specific parts of the body are checked for electrical changes. When an auricular acupuncture point on the ear is "active", which expresses an increased tenderness upon stimulation and a higher electrical conductivity, this indicates pathology in the body tissue corresponding to that point, making auricular acupuncture a useful form of assessment of ailments.
How will it help you?
Auricular acupuncture stimulates the body’s own neurohormonal regulating systems, assisting the body’s natural ability to balance and heal. Auricular acupuncture promotes wellbeing and prevents the development of illness. The ear holds all of the acupuncture points of the body, so by stimulating points that have an electrical imbalance, balance can be created and the condition can improve in the corresponding region of the body. The signals induced by ear acupuncture travel through the part of the brain called the diencephalon to the corresponding body part. As pain is experienced in the brain, auricular acupuncture works by retraining the brain to find a new pathway, so pain is no longer experienced.
A trained practitioner can address most patient concerns through working with the ear alone. Some patients feel immediate relief, and others need four to five treatments before they notice an improvement.
All diseases that can be traced back to a disturbed (rather than destroyed) organ function can be treated by Auricular Acupuncture. Although Auricular Acupuncture cannot treat areas that have been destroyed by injury or disease, it can increase blood flow to the joints and alleviate the pain.
The stimulation of the ear acupuncture points is highly effective in relieving and managing most conditions of neurological and muscular pain, such as, tennis elbow, pain in the shoulder, back and neck, and migraines.