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AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE
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  • AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE DESCRIPTION

    According to Chinese medical theory, there are over 120 acupoints on each ear relating to specific parts of the body. The traditional therapy of auricular, or ear, acupuncture has been adapted by modern practitioners, who now stimulate ear acupoints using needles, laser treatment, and electrical currents.

    auricular acupuncture

    In auricular acupuncture, the ear represents an inverted fetus and stimulation of points affects corresponding parts of the body.





    HISTORY

    The ear has traditionally been considered an area of great significance in TCM, since it is thought to be crossed by all the major meridians. Practitioners study the ears in detail, observing their color as well as the condition of the skin.

    A French physician, Dr. Paul Nogier, made a study of auricular acupuncture in the late 1950s, based on his observation of the work of a local healer in the town of Lyons. Dr. Nogier developed a theory that the ear corresponded to an inverted fetus, and identified 30 basic points that appeared to have a reflex response in an associated area of the body. He later carried out research in China, where acupunctures adopted his theories, and he developed a method of pulse diagnosis. Dr. Nogier is now regarded as the father of modern acupuncture.





    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL OPINION

    Although acupuncture is increasingly used in conventional medicine, many Western practitioners remain skeptical of the meridian theory and "mapping" of the body in this way. They are likely to find the idea of an ear map of acupoints even more fanciful.




    CONSULTING A PRACTITIONER

    In auricular acupuncture (sometimes known as auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture), diagnosis is based not only on the traditional Four Examinations of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but also on a detailed examination of the ear itself. The practitioner will note any signs on the ears, such as flaking skin or blisters, that may point to disharmony in your system as a whole (dry skin, for example, is said to be a common feature of kidney disorders). Treatment is designed to stimulate the acupoints on the ear, over 120 of which have now been suggested. The practitioner may apply gentle pressure to the acupoints with her hands or use tiny acupuncture needles, a mild electrical current, or laser or infrared light, to stimulate the relevant points. In some cases, needles resembling thumb tacks, with tips about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) long, are left in place for several days, in order to transmit chi to the relevant organ or body part.

    Ear acupuncture is used for pain relief, anesthesia, addictions, sports injuries, acute pain including sciatica, headaches, digestive disorders such as indigestion and nausea, and kidney disorders.

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