Auricular therapy is a method which has been successfully used in various fields of medicine, especially in the treatment of chronic pain relief. Whether you are looking for rapid pain relief, addiction recovery, stress management or health improvement, auricular therapy has achieved results for thousands of years often more quickly and powerfully than any other treatment.
What is auricular therapy?
Auricular therapy is a technique of stimulating points on the skin of the auricle (external ear) to 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. Wether used in conjunction with another treatment or by itself, auricular therapy is often effective where other treatments have failed. Best of all, with the use of technology (no needles) it is safe, non-invasive and virtually free of side effects.
What is most fascinating is the fact that there are no direct nerve connections between the ear and the rest of the body. The nerves from the ear however, connect to reflex centers in the brain, which send neurological reflex messages to the spinal cord and then to nerves connecting to the corresponding part of the body. Imagine your brain as a computer. Inside this computer is a map of the entire body. This map is projected onto your ear through the reflex centers of your brain (The Nervous System). Finding the points on the map is like using a computer’s keyboard or mouse to gain entrance into the system. With auricular therapy we can energetically treat a number of painful conditions through the “brain’s computer.” The reticular formation of the brain stem collects information from the entire body, and sends it to the ear. This is why the outer ear (the auricle) reflects everything going on in the body, and what the brain is trying to do to deal with it.
Some scientists say that pain relief from Auricular therapy comes from the release of endorphins into the blood. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain relieving chemicals. They are created by your brain, but they are similar in chemistry to opiate drugs, like morphine. Proof of this mechanism has come in the form of fascinating experiments, which revealed that drugs, that block the effects of opiate drugs, also block the pain relieving effects of auricular therapy. Modern science has proven what ancient cultures and millions of people have known all along: Acupuncture works.Technology such as Function MRI (fMRI) proves that ear acupuncture indeed triggers an effect in areas of the brain, specific to the corresponding zone on the ear.
What should I expect?
Your acupuncture technician will usually begin by inspecting certain points that may be related to your problem on one or both of your ears. We like to utilize the Auriculo3D software, as you can see from the pictures above, to choose a treatment protocol appropriate to your symptoms. This allows you to have a visual explanation of your treatment. The ears may also be checked by visual inspection, palpation, or electrical testing (Point-O-Select) during treatment. When therapeutically active points are located, they will be treated with one of several possible FDA approved treatment devices, including Micro-point stimulation (MPS), Micro-current stimulation, or by medical laser units.
What can auricular therapy treat?
auricular therapy is most commonly used for pain control, addictions and cravings, weight loss, and help with mental or emotional problems. Points and protocols exist for the treatment of many internal disorders as well. Because auricular therapy can address any part of the body, nearly any problem can be treated by auricular therapy as a primary or complimentary form of care.
Some conditions you may not be aware can be treated with auricular therapy include:
- Bladder control
- Drug addiction
- Knee pain
- Smoking withdrawal
- Sore throat
- Vision problems
- Weight control
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