Dr. Mayie Deshmukh
Auricular acupuncture is a type of Acupuncture using only points found on the ears, acupuncture needles are inserted in various highly specific sites in the auricle where, according to its advocates, there are over 200 acupuncture points that may affect any diseased part of the body.
This medical system emphasizes a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person. The acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body’s internal organs, structures, and functions.
Auricular therapy has a long history of use in China. It was mentioned in the most famous of ancient Chinese medical textbooks, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. In modern times, auricular therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the bodies’ own “feel-good” chemicals. In addition to using acupuncture points on the rest of the body, your acupuncturist may select a few ear acupuncture points that they feel will be helpful for your particular condition.
Auricular Acupuncture is a quick and easy form of acupuncture that can be incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment, or be used as a treatment on it’s own. It’s also great for anyone who has an issue with needles, but still wants to take advantage of the benefits of acupuncture. It is almost pain-free, having about the same sensation as a gentle pinch.
Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds (see image below) or ear tacks rather than needles. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape for 5-7 days, stimulating the acupoints to promote healing.