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Acupuncture - Ear (Auriculotherapy)

Each of our ears has up to 200 acupuncture points which relate to specific areas of our whole body. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain and each point triggers electrical impulses, from the ear, via the brain, to the area of the body being treated.

Points on the ear may be stimulated by using very fine, sterile, one-use acupuncture needles or by using very small pellets which are stuck in the ear and left for a few days post your session

Stimulating a specific acupuncture point will release tension in the area of your body to which it relates to - it works on the same principle as reflexology and iridology.

There is debate whether mapping the body onto the outer ear was mentioned in Traditional Chinese Medicine texts, but the idea was developed and formalised by French neurologist, Dr Paul Nogier, in 1957 after his observations in clinical practice.

His work was first presented in France and then published by a German acupuncture society and then finally translated into Chinese. In 1958, a large study was initiated by the Nanking Army Ear Acupuncture research team which verified the clinical accuracy of Dr Nogier's concept of mapping the body on the ear.

Ear acupuncture is said to have a stronger effect than body acupuncture with practitioners successfully treating discomfort, disease and dysfunction throughout the body.

Ear acupuncture is designed to relieve and reduce pain and dysfunction in your body by stimulating points on the ear. The resulting pain relief and illness reduction is believed to be through the reticular formation through the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

In 1980, a double blind experimentally controlled research study at UCLA Pain Management Center department of anesthesiology at the UCLA School of Medicine in America conducted a research study by Richard J. Kroeuning M.D., Ph.D and Terry D. Oleson Ph.D. This study, which was reported in the PAIN journal, verified the scientific accuracy of auricular (ear) diagnosis.

There is a 75 per cent accuracy (this is statistically significant result) achieved in diagnosing musculoskeletal pain problems in 40 pain patients.

Specific areas of height and tenderness and increased electrical activity on the ear predicted specific areas of the body where some pain or dysfunction would be identified whereas areas of the body which were free of symptoms corresponded to non-active points on the ear.

The ear points can be treated with needles, or without needles using electrical stimulation, if your particular practitioner provides this service, or small pellets or seeds applied with tape and pressed to stimulate the points.

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Benefits

Works for 5 days post-treatment, as the acupuncture point continues to be stimulated

Pain-free and drug-free treatment

Quick. Can be applied in 15 minute session, then works for 5 days after

Treats whole body using specific points in the ear

Can be used in conjunction with body acupuncture or by itself

Helps people who are worried about needles