Auriculotherapy or Ear Acupuncture
Auriculotherapy is a branch of acupuncture that directs the focus of treatment to points on the ear. Auriculotherapy has been around for a very long time, but it has gained tremendous attention in the past few years. Much of it’s public awareness has been associated with its’ use in the improvement of smoking cessation, weight loss, pain management, drugless anesthesia, emotions, and allergy/sensitivity symptoms.
When looking at an acupuncture map of the ear, there a various areas on the ear that correlate to various areas of the body. There is no neurological synapses between the ear and the brain. Thus, these points are powerful and direct. In treating patients with acupuncture we often utilize auriculotherapy in conjunction with our Acugraph findings to enhance a patient’s response to care. To treat points on the ear we can use laser, ultra-fine needles, or very low amperage current. It sounds painful but is not as bad as one might think. When thinking about “Isn’t that going to hurt,” don’t think of the pain associated with injection needles. Rather, think of the sensation associated with a mosquito bite. ….or think laser which has no sensation when utilized. They all work!