Just as this ancient healing art defines acupuncture points on the body for treatment of various conditions, similar points are defined on the ear.
Known as Auriculotherapy, the concentric folds of the ear have points that correspond to the organs and processes in the body. One of the first organs and senses to be formed in the embryo, the ear, is a complete micro system of the human body, which means it’s a small image of the whole body. Therapy can be done using acupuncture needles and ear seeds for conditions ranging from addiction, stress/depression/anxiety, insomnia, to joint pain, back pain, hip pain etc. The ear has been mapped to coordinate points that are able to treat the entire body. These points are used to treat pain and alleviate health conditions of the body.
If needles cause your heart rate to speed up and your body to cringe, consider auricular therapy using ear seeds.
Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds. 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. Using special adhesive dots, the practitioner attaches small and inconspicuous seeds to stimulate specific points on your outer ear. By pressing these ear seeds, you can stimulate your own acupuncture point for up to two weeks.
Auricular therapy is a great addition to your acupuncture treatment.