Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture is the art of stimulating, either by through inserting steel needles or using small electrical charges, the acupuncture points on the outer ear.


These points correspond to all areas of our body. This gentle form of stimulation creates a specific response, aids our natural healing system and helps the body to rebalance.


By sending the right signals to different areas of our body, it promotes natural self-healing.


History of Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture has a history dating back more than 3000 years. As far as the ancient records show, it seems to have originated in China.


Early Chinese medical texts, 400-200 BC showed that the ear was connected to all organs of the body and corresponding meridians of classical acupuncture. It appears, therefore, that Auricular Acupuncture has been used in China for hundreds if not thousands of years.


In the 1950’s a French Physician, Paul Nogier, further developed the concept that there are acupuncture points on the ear that connect to all areas of our body. More than 200 acupuncture points were discovered on the ear.


More recently it has been used in the treatment of drug addiction, helping clients to recover from the addiction to opiates, crack cocaine, nicotine and alcohol.


In the last twenty five years it has become increasingly chosen as a safe mode of treatment for a number of chronic health conditions.

How does it work?

To understand Auricular Acupuncture from the Western viewpoint, we have to imagine that the ears are switchboards that are connected to the brain. When Auricular Acupuncture points are treated, signals are sent via the brain to targeted anatomical areas via neural pathways. By the practitioner making the right connection, malfunctions in the body can be corrected.


This sophisticated mechanism aids our natural healing process in many ways. Simply explained;


Imagine that you had an injury to your right knee that was painful. By the Auricular Acupuncture practitioner stimulating the knee point on your right ear, it could help relieve the pain and discomfort you were suffering.


A typical appointment

In most cases, several sessions of Auricular Acupuncture are needed in order to achieve maximum benefit from treatment.


Generally the first appointment lasts for more than an hour. This is because the practitioner needs to complete a detailed consultation and will observe, listen and ask you about your health and your condition.


Once the consultation is completed, the next step is for the practitioner to work out the appropriate treatment. Auricular acupuncture is usually administered while you are sitting comfortably in an upright chair.


What to expect

Auricular Acupuncture is a progressive treatment, in that its effectiveness builds week on week. If the treatment is working clients will notice a gradual improvement to the condition for example, a reduction of pain, improvement of sleep patterns or a sense of relaxation and well being.


If the client feels that there has been no improvements to their condition after four weeks of treatments then the treatments should be stopped.


Conditions treated

Auricular Acupuncture is a simple and extremely efficient complementary therapy, primarily because the ears are easily accessible and people do not need to remove any clothing to receive treatment.


Auricular Acupuncture has been used to treat many common complaints, such as hay fever, asthma, bedwetting and ADHD in children, for example. It can be very helpful in treating migraine, chronic joint pain, such as arthritis, sinusitis, IBS, colitis and other digestive disorders.


It has also been found to be particularly helpful for anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia and many addiction problems.


Auricular Acupuncture is a very safe mode of treatment generally. However it should not be administered when;


  • women are in the first three months of pregnancy
  • under the influence of drugs or alcohol

clients are very weak or tired

  • clients are hungry


Written by Francis Cassidy


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