Ear Acupuncture or Auriculotherapy
Ear acupuncture or Auriculotherapy, is based on the idea that body structures and physiological functions are plotted on the superficial surface of the auricle (ear). The stimulation of the ear can be used for both treating and also diagnoses of health conditions in the reflective parts of the body. There are two main auricular methodologies which are used which have overlapping terms and techniques but differ in their theoretical foundation. The original style is said to date back to ancient Asia and comprises of the insertion or stimulation of points located on the ear. This system uses the traditional Chinese theory which follows the flow of Qi, circulating through channels / meridians and thus manifested on the ears. Modern versions of ear acupuncture assume the idea that a system of reflexes are organised on the outer surface of the ears in a systematic alignment. Modern features of auricular acupuncture relate acupuncture points to organ function and comprise of master controlling points to relieve pain, activate glands, produce sedation and balance the left and right hemispheres with the brain.
Auriculotherapy has been associated with the initiation by the French neurologist Dr Nogier during the early 1950’s. He proposed that the body external structure and internal organ structure are represented on the ear in a pattern that resembles a foetus inverted (homunculus). Conditions in a part of the body is reflected by increased tenderness at a corresponding point on the ear. Laser stimulation, acupuncture, or massage of the appropriate point leads to a dramatic abolition or decrease in pain in the corresponding body part. Dr Nogier in later times developed additional diagrams which developed phase’s part on the ear. The Phase 1 is said to correlate with normal physiology or acute pathology. Degenerative condition enters Phase 2 the inverted fetus transforms into the upright position. Chronic conditions enters Phase 3 due to the condition in subacute with the homunculus rotated about half way. Points are related to remote structures are said to be found at up to three locations depending on the stage of the disease process.
The terms ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture is used when the stimulation is achieved by either inserting acupuncture needles. When specific points or zones on the ear are stimulated with manual pressure this approach can be considered ear reflexology or auricular acupressure. Acupuncture points on the ear can also be stimulated with low level lasers, stick on magnets and ear pellets (there are many from seeds to gold plated). There different ways that points can be found. Palpation looking for the tenderness points, where the practitioner will locate a painful point and needle, laser or massage. The issues this method is that not all pathologies manifest on the ear. Use a point finder (electrical detection device), this method can be the most objective in measurement which can be verifiable and useful for research. And lastly the use of VAS pulse and observing changes in the pulse. The practitioner investigates the ear with a special probe or a source of white light. Auriculotherapy is an art form where precise location of points are essential. These points can be located within zones and not an actual point. These points are very small, millimetres in diameter
Auricular Medicine has become a medical system of its own in many countries and auricular diagnosis can be used to discover diseases.
- Point Zero – general homoeostatic balance
- Shen Men – stress, anxiety, excessive sensitivity
- Autonomic Point – balances sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, blood circulation
- Thalamus Point – over excitement, shock, sweating
- Endocrine Point – balance endocrine hormones, hypersensitivity, rheumatism
- Master Oscillation Point – balances left and right hemispheres (useful for left hand dominant clients)
- Allergy Point – reduce allergic inflammations, eliminate toxicity
- Tranquillizer Point – general sedation, anxiety
- Master Sensorial (eye) Point – tinnitus, blurred vision
- Master Cerebral Point – nervousness, anxiety, fear, OCD
What is the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association or NADA PROTOCOL?
It is the use of five designated ear acupuncture points in each ear. There is the application of fine, sterilized, one-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin, where they remain for up to an hour while the patient (in most circumstances) relaxes quietly in a comfortable chair. Ordinarily, groups of patients sit together while undergoing the treatment. The procedure functions as an adjunct to a comprehensive addiction treatment program offering the basic therapeutic elements of counselling, education, mutual support group involvement, supportive health care of a general nature. Patients in all types of treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, incarcerated, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach can utilize this treatment. Among the benefits reported by patients and clinicians are 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.
- Shen Men – stress, anxiety, excessive sensitivity
- Autonomic Point – balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, blood circulation
- Lung 2 – addiction related lung issues
- Liver – hepatitis, cirrhosis
- Kidney – kidney disorders, urination issues