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What is Auricular or Ear Acupuncture?
Ear acupuncture has proven to be an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches and allergies to addictions and pain disorders. The ear holds a microsystem of the body, consistent with the brain map. Maps of the body exist on the surface, or sensory cortex. This same brain map is also projected onto different areas of the body, “microsystems”, and in particular precision, onto the ear.
The map on the ear is in the form of an inverted fetus with all the fine details of the anatomical, physiological, and emotional body represented. The ear holds all of the acupuncture points of the body plus more detailed physiological and anatomical correspondences and found that stimulation of these points were very effective in alleviating pain and other symptoms. All signals induced by ear acupuncture travel through a specific part of the brain, the diencephalon, to the corresponding body parts. The body strictly obeys these commands because they come straight from the brain. Thus ear acupuncture takes advantage of the body’s own control center, the brain.
What to expect?
Some patients feel immediately relieved, others need several days before they notice an improvement. Some people feel as if they were walking on air after treatment, and almost all feel very relaxed. We often incorporate ear needling as a part of each acupuncture treatment to promote relaxation during an acupuncture session.