Auriculotherapy includes acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and pressure to the ear. It is therapy of the auricula, (the external ear, earlobe) and used to treat health conditions in all parts of the body through stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.
Auriculotherapy has a long history in ancient Chinese Medicine and modern Auriculotherapy, using electrical stimulation, has roots from as long back as 1957.
Auriculotherapy is a micro-system of acupuncture. So, every anatomical structure in every system of the body has a corresponding meridian and reflex point on the surface of the ear. The micro parts mirror the whole and can be broken down to genetic coding.
Auriculotherapy is the only direct micro-system that can be used for diagnosis and treatment. Iridology is also a direct micro-system, but can only be used for diagnosis. All other micro systems, such as foot Reflexology and Acupuncture, are indirect.
How does Auriculotherapy work?
Auriculotherapy types applied are:-
- Ear acupuncture in which needles, little thicker than a hair, are applied to stimulate blocked meridians.
- Pressure is applied with seeds to stimulate reflex points and meridians.
We do not apply electrical stimulation, in which gentle micro-current electrical stimulation is applied by a hand held device. Instead of meridians, this uses nerve connections. A stimulator is run around the surface of the ear (like a metal detector) to search for active reflex points.
The meridians and reflex points are stimulated, sending messages to the brain. This assists in bringing balance, or harmonising the associated body functions and feelings. Most people feel little more than a tiny tingling at the ear during treatment.
Imagine your brain as a computer. Inside this computer is a map of the entire body. This map is projected onto the ear through the body’s nervous system – making the ear like a computer screen display. Accessing the points on the ear is then like using a computers keyboard to gain entrance into the system. Practitioners are able to directly detect and treat a number of physiological imbalances through the brains computer.
What can Auriculotherapy treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO), announced in 1990, that Auricular therapy is “probably the most developed and best documented, scientifically, of all the “micro-systems” of acupuncture and is the most practical and widely used.” It recognizes Auricular therapy as being able to help with around 150 different health conditions.
- Emotional Disorders
- Brain and Mental Disorders including depression, stress and anxiety
- Addictive and Compulsive Disorders including Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation, Drug and alcohol detox
- Internal Disorders (organ and organ system pathologies)
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Pain Management
There are no known contraindications or dangers of Auriculotherapy.
If you have a pacemaker or are in the first trimester of pregnancy, it is recommended not to have this therapy. Do discuss any concerns you may have with your Practitioner.