Auricular therapy is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other areas of the body. Ear acupuncture is a proven efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches, trauma and allergies to addictions and pain disorders.
The map on the ear is in form of an inverted fetus with all the fine details of the anatomical, physiological, and emotional body represented as a microsystem of the body. The tissue of the ear is unique and has functions in addition to our sense of hearing. The ear is the first organ to develop to its full size and becomes fully functional about 18 weeks after conception.
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has a specialized protocol using points in the ears that relate to organs involved in detoxification or addiction treatment-specifically the liver, kidneys, lungs, and nervous system. Some of the benefits reported by patients and clinicians include improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals.
Auricular therapy is an effective way to help people facing enormous stress, anger, depression, fatigue and other emotional and physical pain. Survivors of traumatic events report ear acupuncture to be useful in alleviating symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder. Benefits include increased mental clarity, ability to cope, alertness, ability to sleep, reductions of pain and muscle spasm, depression, anxiety, and intrusive recall. Relaxation generally occurs within minutes. These simple acupuncture treatments can have a calming and transformative effect without requiring the traumatized client to talk.
Auricular acupuncture invokes a balance in mind and body, help to increase healthy self-nurturing behavior, a source of strength with a renewal of the flow of vital forces, or qi.