Auricular Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is similar to reflexology. The treatment is based upon the idea that the human ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire body. There are hundreds of specific acupuncture points that can be found on the human ear, all of which can be stimulated to achieve certain results in treating imbalances of the body.
The location of these points are based upon the human ear being representative of a map of the human fetus. Many of the points used to treat certain organs lie in the location which they would be on something similar to this diagram:
Auricular acupuncture gained attention in the western world in the mid 1970’s from a discovery by a medical doctor named Michael Smith. Dr. Smith modified an existing system of auricular acupuncture into a simple technique for the treatment of drug addiction as an alternative to methadone. He created the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Protocol (NADA), which was initially used to help treat addiction, behavioral health and trauma.
There are may reasons why Acupuncturists choose to practice auricular style treatments. Personally, I like to begin my treatments with 1-2 needles in each ear, to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and signal to the body to relax as the treatment is beginning.
Auricular acupuncture is commonly used for pain alleviation, mood enhancement, smoking cessation, stress relief, appetite control. Some other health conditions it can be especially beneficial include:
- Chronic Pain
Feel free to leave a comment here, or contact me with any specific questions about this topic. I’m all ears 🙂