What is ear
also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional
Chinese Medicine. Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions,
including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other
conditions. 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.
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 body's own feel-good chemicals.
How is ear
acupuncture used in a treatment?
is generally incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment. 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
What are ear seeds
and ear tacks?
points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear
tacks. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. These seeds are held
in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left
in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks. Ear tacks are very small needles
with an adhesive backing. Ear tacks are inserted into the ear and left in the
ear for a few days or up to one week.