or auricular therapy
Ear acupuncture, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular therapy refers to the ear acupuncture system according to Paul Nogier, a french doctor who tested ear acupuncture scientifically on a very large scale. It widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and many other symptoms . This medical system is seen as a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person. The acupuncture points found on the ear can help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.
How is ear acupuncture used in a treatment?
Ear acupuncture is often incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment. In addition to using acupuncture points on the rest of the body, I may select a few ear acupuncture points that they feel will be helpful for your particular condition.
It is also used on it's own for specific conditions
Ear acupuncture points can be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear tacks. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks. Ear tacks are very small needles with an adhesive backing. Ear tacks are inserted into the ear and left in the ear for a few days or up to one week.
In modern times, auricular therapy as demonstrated by Nogier has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers.
It was not until the 1970's that Auricular Acupuncture gained acceptability outside of Europe and China.
A study performed by a Hong Kong practitioner (Wen et al 1973) showed that stimulation to the Lung Zone on the auricle assisted patients in the withdrawal of Heroin.
This possibility of a non-methadone and non-psychological intervention in the treatment of substance abuse became the focus of one particular American physician Dr. Michael Smith. From this, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was developed and erected at Lincoln Hospital in New York. The well known NADA protocol is still used today, in collaboration with psychological intervention, as a very effective method of substance withdrawal management.
The "inverted foetus" as depicted by Nogier.
Pierre jean cousin is the owner and manager of Cure By nature, a well established London acupuncture and complementary practice in Replingham road, Southfields he also works as an acupuncturist and herbalist at the London Kensington Therapy Centre.
London Acupuncture at Cure By Nature: clinics of acupuncture and complementary medicine at 95 Repligham Road London SW18 5LU and 211-213 Kensington High Street London W8 6BD