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Ear acupuncture or auricular therapy
What is ear acupuncture?
Ear acupuncture originates in the tradition of Chinese medicine; there is some evidence that it was used 2000 years ago in China, major texts on ear acupuncture were written in china. This technique was also known by the Egyptians, and the French were using it extensively in early 19th century. Recent development and research by Professor NOGIER in Paris made auricular medicine into a coherent, well documented form of therapy with clinical evidence to back up claims of its therapeutic value. Auricular medicine is used on its own for a wide range of conditions, or combined with traditional acupuncture to reinforce a treatment. As there are about 200 points in the ear, a point locator is often used to identify correctly the area to be stimulated; once the needles are in place, they may be electrically stimulated using a low pulsing current.

How is ear acupuncture used in a treatment?
Ear acupuncture is often incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment. In addition to using acupuncture points on the rest of the body, I may select a few ear acupuncture points that they feel will be helpful for your particular condition.
It is also used on it's own for specific conditions
Ear acupuncture points can be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear tacks. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks. Ear tacks are very small needles with an adhesive backing. Ear tacks are inserted into the ear and left in the ear for a few days or up to one week.


Practical uses of auricular therapy: although this technique can be effectively used on its own as in treatment of addiction, it is a useful complement to body acupuncture. Ear points can be selected to reinforce an element (lung points for metal , kidney for water etc...) or to support a weak or diseased organ, and to regulate chi in a specific area ( pelvis, abdomen, back); it often used for control or suppression of symptoms, in this case constitutional treatment using body acupuncture is imperative.
Location of points: anatomical location is still the best, but some practitioners prefer the use of an electronic point locator.
Diagnostic uses of ear points: when an organ or an area of the body is diseased, its corresponding point in the ear, especially on the same side will show one of the following signs: 1) a marked depression or prominence, 20 a change of colour often pale, or red or purple, 3) some form of desquamation, 5) the point is invariably painful under pressure.
In modern times, auricular therapy as demonstrated by Nogier has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers.
A study performed by a Hong Kong practitioner (Wen et al 1973) showed that stimulation to the Lung Zone on the auricle assisted patients in the withdrawal of Heroin.

 
ear acupuncture
Developed in the 1950's by French doctor Pr. Paul Nogier, Auriculotherapy is based on both western and traditional Chinese medical concepts. Dr. Nogier first observed that some of his patients had been cauterised in the upper ear for relief of Sciatic Neuralgia. Through clinical observation and research Dr. Nogier realised that this particular area corresponded to the lower back region, and from this developed the theory of the "inverted foetus" known as a somatotopic representation (that is, a concentration of reflexes, a reflection, of the body onto a specific area, in this case the auricle) the inverted foetus was similar to the distribution of control centres as mapped on the human brain, this allowed a non-invasive access to the entire body. Dr. Nogier also introduced this method of acupuncture, using the inverted foetus theory, into China.
ear acupuncture, auricular therapy
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I prefer to use homeopathy for babies and young children, and often combine
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