Also known by its proper name Auricular Acupuncture, Ear Acupuncture is the stimulation on points of the ear in order to diagnose and treat various health conditions.
Simply put, auricular acupuncture is a specialized complementary therapy where acupuncture points on the outer ear are treated to relieve many chronic complaints, such as anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, depression, drug addiction, hay fever, insomnia, migraines, obesity, PMS, sciatica, sinusitis, smoking reduction, and much more.
There are over 200 acupuncture points on the outer ear, each point named generally after areas of the anatomy, e.g knees, hips, shoulders, liver heart etc. The outer ear acts similar to a switchboard to the brain, and when acupoints on the ear are stimulated, they trigger electrical impulses to the specific area of the body that is being treated.
Over 2000 years ago, auricular acupuncture was described in Chinese books as internal medicine for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. In 1958, Dr. Paul Nogier further developed this form of acupuncture and his ear charts were translated into Chinese.
Chinese auricular therapy is the use of auricle for preventive and therapeutic purposes. Specific acupuncture points on the external ear were used for the relief of various disorders of the body over 4,000 years ago. Treatment of Common Diseases with Chinese auricular therapy include:
acne, acute conjunctivitis, acute painful torticollis, acute pyogenic mastitis, acute simple appendicitis, acute sprain and contusion, acute tonsillitis, aerotitis media, allergic rhinitis, amenorrhea, anorexia in children, atrial fibrillation, bacillary dysentery, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, brucellosis. cardiac arrhythmia, cataract, cholelithiasis, chronic gastritis, chronic nephritis, coronary heart disease and angina pectoris, diabetes mellitus, discoid lupus erythematosus and much more.