Auricular Therapy: Healing With Ears
Auricular therapy — the stimulation of the external ear without the use of needles — is a systematic way to evaluate and treat the body’s microsystem.
Sometimes it is referred to as “ear seeds therapy” because practitioners often use small seeds to apply pressure, instead of using needles.
Acute pain problems are particularly treated well by auriculotherapy, and pain can be relieved almost immediately or within 24 to 48 hours.
A single sessions usually lasts about 30 minutes and has no side effects.
In China, auriculotherapy is a well-recognized medical treatment and many other countries also recognize its medical benefits. A possible explanation for how the therapy works suggests that stimulating certain nerves on the ear may send signals to the brain that create a “response” in the region of the body being targeted by the treatment.
Auriculotherapy can help with:
- Pain management: headaches, sports injuries, etc.
- Weight loss
- Sleeping problems
- High blood pressure
- Chronic degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic central nervous system conditions like multiple sclerosis
- Chronic painful conditions like spinal stenosis
- Gastrointestinal, genital urinary and cardiovascular system dysfunctions
- Conquering addictive behaviors
- Stop smoking
- Stop drinking
Auricular therapy should not replace acute orthodox medical care in life-threatening situations.
How frequently should I be treated?
Treatment for most chronic conditions is once per week
Auricular therapy for weight loss
Auricular therapy has helped many people lose weight by:
- Reducing food cravings
- Controlling appetite
- Strengthening will power
Treatment helps people stick to diets more easily than they normally would.
Auricular therapy for fertility enhancement
Auricular acupucture appears to offer an important alternative therapy for female infertility caused by hormone disorders, according to a study published in the journal Gynecological Endocrinology.
Auricular therapy for insomnia and sleep disorders
A review published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that “acupuncture may be an effective intervention for the relief of insomnia,” based on research papers published between 1975 and 2002 that used auricular therapy to treat insomnia.