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Home > Newsletters > August 2003

Book Review: Ear Acupuncture Handy Reference for French Method

By Heather Schiffke

Ear Acupuncture by Beate Strittmatter is a pocket-manual style reference based on the French style of ear acupuncture, specifically the works of French physician Paul Nogier and his student Frank Bahr. This style of auricular acupuncture emphasizes the use of a point finder to detect “active” ear points where the skin exhibits lower resistance and increased conductance, as well as increased sensitivity to pressure.

This book is an excellent reference for acupuncturists who practice the Nogier style. However, this is truly a reference book intended for those who have previous experience with this style of ear acupuncture. As the author herself emphasizes in the preface, “This book is not intended to replace hands-on courses and bedside teaching…” This book is also not practical for acupuncturists who practice mainstream TCM and who do not wish to utilize this particular system at great length.

Ear Acupuncture presents the locations of anatomical and functional points in a straightforward manner for easy clinical reference. An individual description and illustration is provided for most of the points. The illustrations are clear and anatomically precise. Although indications and applications are included with each point description, the focus of this book is on point location. There is a small section on indications and treatment at the back, but it comprises less than one-fifth of the book.

In addition to the standard sections dealing with the classic anatomical and functional points, Ear Acupuncture includes additional material that relates deeper channel theory to the ear. One section describes “Cardinal” or “Master” points that are analogous to the confluent points of the Eight Extraordinary channels of body acupuncture. Projections of the regular acupuncture channels onto the ear are also presented.

This new book is a handy reference for anyone who practices this style of auricular acupuncture or who is pursuing a training program in the Nogier style. However, its strength is as a reference book and not as a primary text for learning this unique treatment modality on one’s own.


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