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Auricular Acupuncture, A Time-Honored Treatment Option For Mild Sleep Apnea

The healing art of acupuncture is said to have begun in ancient China some 2000 years ago. Acupuncture is a technique that uses fine small needles stuck at specific points on a person’s body for healing purposes or to alleviate pain.

This is therapy is widely accepted as a viable treatment for apnea and is usually associated with practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. Nowadays, acupuncture is practiced in many nations throughout the world.

One type of acupuncture method called ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture has been used for a long time as an alternative treatment for mild cases of sleep apnea.

Records dating as far back as 2000 show that the Chinese found out that by sticking tiny needles at certain points on the skin can boost the energy flow in the body. auricular acupuncture is basically about attaining complete body energy via the stimulation ear acupoints that causes the transmission of energy current to various parts of the body.

When needles are inserted into some areas of the outer ear, certain parts of the body can “activate” the nerve endings. Regarding sleep apnea, the needles stimulate the muscles of the upper respiratory tract, enhancing the muscle tone of the upper airways that usually collapses during bouts of apnea, which in turn alleviates the condition.

The outer ear of a patient is taken into consideration when the patient undergoes an auricular acupuncture procedure. Studies show that auricular acupuncture works as an effective sleep apnea treatment.

There is confusion about the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture in patients suffering from serious obstructive sleep apnea. Auricular acupuncture may not work for patients suffering from this severe type of condition.

Besides being an optional treatment for apnea, auricular acupuncture can also have certain additional advantages. It can help lessen the symptoms of angina and can be used to treat anxiety and depression. It is also effective in treating conditions such as headache, joint pains, fatigue, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Asthma, rhinitis, inflammation, and even stroke all have their remedy in this technique.

As a treatment alternative for sleep apnea, auricular acupuncture definitely works. There are however certain associated risks when using this technique. One such risk is the sharing of needles which may lead to infection.

When looking for an acupuncturist, remember to look for one who is qualified and has experience in treating your specific illness. Risks can ear infections. But, with adequate care, auricular acupuncture will surely work well for sleep apnea.

Heather Shultz Acupuncture
100 Brick Rd Suite 212
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 452-1782”

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