Auriculotherapy (ear therapy) is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine used to help treat and prevent diseases in the internal organs, as well as regulate and stabilize body systems. Although the ear is mostly cartilage, it is supplied by nerves which when stimulated, have local and systemic effects on the body. The ear can be manipulated through the use of short, fine gauge acupuncture needles, vaccaria ear seeds, small pellets with adhesive tape, or semi-permanent acupuncture needles.
Common conditions treated through auriculotherapy include: stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, insomnia/sleep disturbances, pain, digestive complaints, headaches, and more.
With ear acupuncture, the ear can become warm, heavy, or achy; while with ear seeds (used for at home acupressure), the points are reactive to pressure at first, but decrease in sensitivity over time. Ear needles are retained for 20 to 30 minutes during your clinic visit, while ear seeds can be left in place for 3 to 7 days. Ear seeds are activated by pressing them various times throughout the day when feeling pain, stress, or any symptoms for which one is being treated. The majority of people find ear acupuncture very relaxing with a strong sedative effect, while at home ear seeds allow the individual a feeling of control over their own body.
Auriculotherapy can be a beneficial addition to any health program. Ear acupuncture can be included into regular acupuncture sessions or for those who are shy of needles, ear seeds or pellets can be used outside of acupuncture.
If you’d like more information or have any questions about how auriculotherapy can help you, please let us know.
Samantha Bodie-Clark, B.Sc., R.Ac.