Ear Acupuncture

(Also known as Auricular Acupuncture)

Ear acupuncture

Ear acupuncture

And your point is?

A large number of acupuncture points have been identified on the ear. Stimulation of these ear points exerts therapeutic effects on those parts of the body associated with the ear points.

There are traditional references to treating diseases with ear acupuncture in Chinese medical classics. In 1957 a French physician by the name of Nogier first drew serious attention to ear points. After years of careful observation of tenderness and electrical resistance, Nogier and the Chinese charted more than 200 sites on the ear.

I am standing on my head in my ear!

The ear has been found to be a micro-system in the body. An upside-down body is superimposed on the ear. The head is at the ear lobe, the spine goes down the inner ridge of the ear and the feet are at the apex of the ear. Internal organs are located in the hollow cavity of the ear. An entire map of the body is found in the ear.

Ear Acupuncture Treatments

You can treat the whole body with ear acupuncture. The range of treatments is broad, the method is relatively simple and there are few side effects. I treated a client with restless leg syndrome with leg spasms that were so disabling he could not lie still on the table. He could barely sit in a chair. Ear acupuncture gave him the first relief he had in months.

Ear acupuncture not only can be used to treat pain and diseases, it also is used as an analgesic during surgery. The needles are stimulated with electro-acupuncture for anesthesia.

Ear points can be treated with needles which are left in the ear up to 45 minutes. Small acupuncture tacks can also be placed in the ear. Tiny seeds from the Vacaria plant or metal pellets can be used on the ear as well. These can be left on the ear points for up to 5 days to continue the treatment.

Hedgehog Cactus

Hedgehog Cactus

NADA Protocol to Stop Smoking

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association uses a ear acupuncture protocol to treat addictions. Daily treatments with this protocol can be an effective therapy for smoking and drug addictions. The NADA protocol is used in treatment centers throughout the US and all over the world.
Dozens of studies have documented the effectiveness of the NADA protocol. Among the benefits reported by patients and health care providers are: improved retention in drug treatment programs; more optimistic attitudes about detoxification and recovery; reductions in cravings and anxiety; fewer episodes of sleep disturbance; and reduced need for pharmaceuticals.

While the NADA protocol is an important component of any detoxification program, it is by no means the only component. The NADA protocol is often used with other treatment modalities, such as counseling, support groups and self-help programs to increase the overall effectiveness of care.