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Ear Acupuncture

       Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture is a specialized acupuncture therapy where certain points on the outer ear are stimulated by inserting small tack needles, or by applying tiny steel balls or herb seeds on the surface fixed by sticky tapes. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the body. There are as many as two hundred reflex points on the outer ear, each point named generally after areas of the anatomy, i.e. knees, hips, shoulders, lungs, liver, heart, etc. Each point on the ear, when stimulated, triggers electrical impulses to the specific area of the body that is being treated via the brain. For example, if someone had asthma, by treating the “lungs” point on the ear, it would help ease the symptoms.  

 

     Auricular acupuncture pertains to micro acupuncture. It not only has analgesia and visceral regulatory effects, but also is convenient to apply. Auricular needling manipulation usually does not interfere with the surgical operation during acupuncture anesthesia. This is why auricular acupuncture is one of most commonly used ways for acupuncture anesthesia during surgery. Moreover, tack needles or other pellets placed on the earlobe can provide continuous stimulation for a longer period, such as 3~5 days, and both ear points can be stimulated alternately, which is beneficial for many chronic conditions.