Auricular acupuncture is one of the more widely used microsystems within eastern medicine. Microsystems use one aspect of the body - for example, the ears, hands or feet - to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body.
Auricular acupuncture may be used as a primary mode of treatment or in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture, bodywork or herbal medicine.
Although small Ear Acupuncture needles offer a stronger, more effective way of accessing the points, ear points can be stimulated in other ways as well. Acupuncturists may place small beads on points that are applicable for your condition.
The beads help to activate the points, even after your Acupuncture treatment is over.
To alleviate symptoms the beads are gently pressed a couple of times of day, for about 30 seconds. Points on your ear that correspond to your body areas of dysfunction or condition, may be red, and will often be tender or sore when pressed.
Because of the profound effect Auriculotherapy has on the central nervous system, it is very effective at relieving pain.
Another highly effective use of ear Acupuncture is for addictive behaviors such as cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, or overeating. The direct connection the ear points have to the central nervous system and the brain prove even more effective than body points for treating addictions.
If you are interested in quitting an addiction, the treatments will help alleviate the physiological cravings in your body. When used for the purpose of treating addictions, it is best to get Acupuncture treatment several times per week for the first couple weeks, until the worst of the cravings, physiological symptoms, and mood swings have subsided.
Additionally, by affecting the brain, ear points are excellent for treating mental disturbances and emotional imbalances, for example anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia.
Auricular Acupuncture is a very effective therapy that we have had great results with and that we incorporate into almost every Acupuncture treatment.
It can however be used alone as a quick "tune up" if an acute condition presents itself and time is of the essence in between regular treatments.