Auriculotherapy (also auricular therapy, ear acupuncture, and auriculo-acupuncture) is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a micro system, which reflects the entire body, represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively. Similar mappings are used in many areas of the body, including the practices of reflexology, sujok and iridology.

Auriculotherapy is a technique of using points on the skin of the auricle (external ear) to diagnose and treat pain and medical conditions of the body. Also referred to as Auricular Medicine, practitioners all over the world use this therapy to treat pain, addictions and internal disorders with excellent results. Whether used in conjunction with another treatment or by itself, auriculotherapy is often effective when other treatments have failed. Best of all, it is safe, non-invasive and has no known side effects.

Auriculotherapy has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the 1950's, Dr. Paul Nogier of Lyon, France expanded the original Chinese charts into a more comprehensive system. Whereas the ancient texts showed only a few points for specific conditions, Dr. Nogier's work demonstrated the ear is actually a micro-map of the entire body, with all body parts represented. Thus, all parts of the body can be evaluated and treated by means of the external ear.

Auriculotherapy is used widely for pain control, addictions of all kinds, internal disorders, emotional issues, and a host of other problems. Medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, dentists, and laypeople alike routinely see excellent results from properly applied auricular treatments.

Benefits of Auriculotherapy

Auricular therapy has been very well developed in recent years and widely used in clinical practice. Ear acupuncture has a positive result in the prevention and treatment of disease.

  1. Widely used on the pathology with positive results: In addition to using ear acupuncture to treat diseases of the internal organs, surgical conditions, or gynecological conditions, it is also used for facials, anti-aging, and prevention of disease. Some diseases react favorably to ear acupuncture therapy, such as acute injury, sprained tendons, whiplash, pain conditions, Meniere’s syndrome, acute inflammation, addiction and loss of voice.
  2. Easy to use and costs less: Ear points have a specific point distribution. Through the International Standard Nomenclature, the ear points have become simpler and easier to study and practice than before. More and more health practitioners prefer to study and use this therapy. Ear therapy does not need special equipment, so it costs less because it only needs filiform needles, three-edge needles, sterile cotton balls, medical tape, and stainless steel ear balls for most cases. Sometimes, the practitioner can even use just his or her fingers to apply pressure to an ear point for soft tissue injury, which has also been reported to have very good results.
  3. Fewer side effects: Ear acupuncture therapy is one of the safest therapeutic techniques. There is no chance of injuring the internal organs, it cannot cause a stuck or broken needle, and by using clean needle technique there is very little chance of infection. The practitioner should explain auricular therapy to the patient to ease anxiety. The practitioner should also insert the needle correctly, lightly, and with stability, so that fainting is avoided. For some people who are afraid of needles or when treating a child, the practitioner can use ear balls to stick on the correct points to treat disease.
  4. Pain control: The most favorable aspect of auricular therapy is pain control. From clinical experience, it is very effective at stopping pain immediately. It is especially useful for acute soft tissue injury and post-surgical pain, and it is often used for anesthesia.
  5. Combines diagnosis and treatment: In addition to using auricular therapy for disease diagnosis, it is also used for treatment. Clinical experiences have proved that the positive reaction point is also an effective point for treatment.