Auricular Acupuncture is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular Acupuncture is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions. This medical system emphasizes a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person. The acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.
Auricular acupuncture has a long history of use in China. It was mentioned in the most famous of ancient Chinese medical textbooks, “The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine.” In modern times, research has been shown that auricular acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's own feel-good chemicals.
Auricular Acupuncture can be used alone or being incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment. In addition to using acupuncture points on the rest of the body, your acupuncturist may select a few ear acupuncture points that they feel will be helpful for your particular condition.
Auricular Acupuncture may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear tacks. We use the mustard seeds which are very small. 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. The client will leave these seeds in for up to 1 week and re-stimulate the points by massaging the ear three times a day.
Most chronic and some acute complaints can be treated effectively and simply with Auricular Acupuncture. A success rate is high. Some examples: