Auricular Acupuncture uses the ears as a microcosm. Through careful diagnosis and treatment, an acupuncturist can address various physical and emotional conditions using specific points on both ears to target specific conditions.
Often this style of acupuncture employs tiny needles, ear seeds, or ear tacks. This allows for a gentle stimulation of auricular points. Ear seeds and tacks may be left in the ears after treatment to apply continuous stimulation to the points.
Auricular Acupuncture is widely used in drug and alcohol detoxification programs across North America. It is also used in conjunction with other styles of acupuncture, both as an adjunct to treatment or as a specialty.
This treatment is a shorter, simpler, and more cost effective alternative to the regular body acupuncture treatments I offer. If you are curious about Oriental medicine, this may be an ideal way to experience and understand it for yourself. Ear acupuncture is most effective for smoking cessation, weight loss, stress relief, post traumatic stress disorder, and lowering high blood pressure. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes.
An article which discusses the efficacy of auriculotherapy on stress and anxiety – http://acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=27830
A link to research which shows that auricular acupuncture can help with weight loss – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9679359
A study which shows promise in the use of auriculotherapy for the treatment of cocaine addiction – http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/160/15/2305
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
For a greater explanation on this topic – http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-publications/acupuncture-for-ptsd.html