I’m a huge fan of using acupuncture points around the ear, but my patients are often confused why I choose to use points in this area when they’re coming in for something like foot pain.
What Is Auricular Acupuncture?
The ear is considered a microsystem of the body, meaning the entire body is depicted on the ear. So, points on the ear can be used to treat symptoms in any part of the body. Auricular acupuncture points are commonly used for drug detoxification, weight loss, and anxiety or emotional issues. Points on the ear can be combined with body points to increase the effect of treatment.
Take The Benefits of Auricular Acupuncture Home!
One of my patients’ favorite part of treatment is being sent home with ear seeds. Ear seeds come from the vaccaria plant. The seeds are attached to the ear with a small piece of tape. The pressure from the seed sitting on the skin, stimulates the acupuncture point for a few days. The effects of acupuncture treatment can be prolonged with the use of ear seeds. After 5 days, the seeds should be removed and new seeds can be applied. Many patients report improved symptoms, decreased stress, and improved sleep with the use of ear seeds!
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