Updated: Jun 6, 2020
When most people think of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they think of
Acupuncture. This process uses small needles to stimulate points throughout your body, including your ears.
Did you know there is a specific type of acupuncture that focuses exclusively on your ears? This is called: Auricular Acupuncture. This type of Auriculotherapy ("Auricular Therapy"), which is defined as any acupressure or acupuncture treatment that is specifically in the ear.
How does it work? Acupuncture, according to TCM, is based on the theory that your health depends on the flow of Qi (energy) in your body. This travels along energetic pathways, called channels or meridians found throughout the body.
Blocked or an imbalanced flow of Qi can have undesireable effects on your physical and mental health. One of many Acupuncture goals is to restore the flow of Qi by resolving any blockages or imbalances. Acupuncture does this by stimulating points found throughout your body, including your ears. Similarly to the idea of reflexology on the feet and hands, there is reflexology in the ears. Using this concept, you can create a changes in your body by simply using these points.
What are the benefits?
Auricular acupuncture is used to address a range of health concerns, including:
Cancer pain and chemotherapy side effects
Substance use disorder
How many points are there?
The World Health Organization (WHO) created a standardized list of 39 auricular points in 1990.
Of these 39 standard points, 10 master points are often used in auricular
acupuncture treatments. However, there are more than 200 acupuncture points in the ear. Here are some of the most common points in the ear include:
What is an Auricular Session like? Sessions using Auricular Therapy may vary from provider to provider. Some use it in conjunction with body Acupuncture and others may use it alone as a single therapy.
At the time of the pandemic, many practitioners have moved to using Earseeds with their patients. It's another at-home healthcare option, where you can purchase the Earseeds, have them mailed to your home and a patient and practitioner can utilize technology for a Telehealth Session to include instructions and demonstrations on Earseeds home application. A common questions is - how close do you have to be if you are doing earseeds at home? Here is a great article