What is Auricular Acupuncture and how does it work?

To try and explain it simply, Auricular (or Ear) Acupuncture is a specialised complementary therapy where acupuncture points on the outer ear are treated, using either needles or electro acupunctoscopes to help relieve many chronic complaints.

There are as many as two hundred acupuncture points on the outer ear, each point named generally after areas of our anatomy, i.e. knees, hips, shoulders, liver, heart etc. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain. Each acupoint on the ear, when treated, triggers electrical impulses, from the ear, via the brain, to the specific area of the body that is being treated. Therefore if someone had a painful knee, for example, by treating the ‘knee’ acupoint on the ear, it would help alleviate the pain.

Ear acupuncture has been shown to be an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches and allergies to addictions and pain disorders. Convenient for everyday use, safe with no side effects.

Auricular Acupuncture is a specialised complementary therapy based upon the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is a Microsystem of Acupuncture which reflects the entire body on the ear, in a similar way to reflexology on the foot.

Auricular Acupuncture was largely developed in Europe by French neurologist Dr. Paul Nogier. Nosier’s development was made through clinical trials based on mapping brain areas with localised, specific functions and the projection of a foetus on the ear for reference of complaints and points for treatment. Physical, emotional and mental conditions could be treated by stimulating points on the ear, either through needling, electronic stimulation or massage.

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