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Auricular Therapy

Auricular Acupuncture is similar to reflexology in that the ear is a representation of the whole body.  The ear is viewed as an inverted fetus with the head “reflexes” in the ear lobe and the hands & feet reflexes in the upper part of the ear.

Is Auricular Therapy New?

The earliest recorded mention of the relationship between the ear and the body is found in the Silk Book Meridians, recorded in 500 B.C., which stated that the ear meridian originates in the back of the hand and ascends to enter the ear.  

Auricular diagnostic and therapeutic methods were first documented in the Nei Jing, The Classic of Medicine, written around 200 BC, which stated that the nature and location of various diseases could be determined by inspection of the shape, color, moistness and collaterals of the ear.  

It was in 1957 when French practitioner Dr. Paul Nogier published the discovery that the distribution pattern of auricular points was related to the shape of an inverted fetus.

How is Auricular Therapy Performed?

There are more than 15 ways to perform auricular therapy, including massage, electric stimulation, needles, moxa, vaccaria seeds, magnets and laser.  

If seeds or magnets are used, they are attached to the points in the ear with tape and are left on the ear for about 5 days. The client massages them several times a day as a tool to extend their acupuncture treatment.

Auricular therapy can be done as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with an acupuncture or reflexology session.

What can Auricular Therapy Treat?

Auricular therapy assists in curbing additive behaviors such as smoking, drug and alcohol use and over-eating and is often combined with other modalities, such as counseling.  It is also used widely to help control and alleviate pain, weight loss, stress reduction as well as balancing organ and gland functioning.

Are there Side Effects to Auricular Therapy?

If the seeds are left in the ear (the purpose of the seeds is only to apply pressure to a point), the ear may become tender if pressed often.  Usually as the condition changes, the discomfort diminishes when pressing the seeds.  

If it becomes too irritated, the seeds can be easily removed and thrown away.  For many people, maintaining the seeds in the ear helps relieve the symptoms the person is experiencing.