Auriculotherapy is a health care modality whereby the external surface of the ear, or auricle, is stimulated to alleviate pathological conditions in other parts of the body. For many conditions, including pain management, this can be a very affordable option.
The discovery of this therapy is partially based on the ancient Chinese practice of body acupuncture, yet it is also derived from the discoveries by a French physician in the 1950s. Dr. Paul Nogier and colleagues demonstrated that specific areas of the external ear were associated with pathology in specific parts of the body. Many texts on the topic of auriculotherapy tend to focus either on the Chinese approach to auricular acupuncture or on the European practices of auricular medicine.
At the New Mexico Herbal Clinic we use a form of acupressure to achieve results in our clients. The non-invasive form concentrates on the use of ear seeding as a form of treatment.
Ear seeds are small seeds used to stimulate pressure points in your ear. They’re a type of auriculotherapy, which refers to acupressure or acupuncture focused on the ear.
They’re based on the same general principles as acupuncture. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), your health depends on the flow of qi (energy) in your body.
There have been numerous studies on the impact of ear seeding, and even esteemed western medical facilities such as Johns Hopkins have discovered the extreme benefits of this process (you can read an article in the Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine here).
Ear seeds are placed on certain points, usually along meridian lines, to help clear up any qi blockages. In TCM, resolving these blockages may help with a variety of health conditions.
Discover what auriculotherapy can do for you today, at the New Mexico Herbal Clinic.