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Auricular Acupuncture To Help Treat Stagnation And Invigorate Blood

The outer ear of a human being is a nerve-filled extremely sensitive part of the body. The nerves are directly connected to the brain, which, with the right stimulus, can reach any part of the body. Via thorough research, mankind has developed tools to use the ear as a way of addressing illnesses in any part of the body. Ear acupuncture, also called auriculotherapy or auricular acupuncture, is commonly used in with patients who are looking for a safe and natural way to treat digestive problems, insomnia, pain, and to lose weight.

Auricular acupuncture is an old form of treatment used in China. Its procedures were further refined by French neurologist Dr. Paul Nogier in the 1950’s. This treatment uses smaller acupuncture needles (smaller than the 1-inch, 0.22mm thick needle used in traditional body acupuncture) to activate acupuncture points on the ear. Aside from reducing the sensation in the ear, the needles also afford the practitioner more ease in using them on a number of acupoints on the patient’s ear, which is usually small and very difficult to maneuver around.

Auricular acupuncture treatment may also involve the use of small magnets instead of vaccaria seeds to help treat stagnation and invigorate blood as a complement to, or as an alternative to auricular acupuncture needles. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the human ear can be viewed as a miniature representation of the human body and therefore, using acupoints on the ear can basically treat any disorder that otherwise could be addressed using acupoints found elsewhere on the body. Actually, if you observe your ear, you might see how it really looks like an inverted fetus with its head on the earlobe, and the feet and hands pointing towards the top of your ear. It is fascinating to discover that several acupoints correlate with this general pattern. For instance, shoulder acupoints on the auricle or outer ear, are located where the shoulder of the fetus would be.

Auricular acupuncture is usually used alongside body acupuncture treatment in Overland Park on certain parts of the body. A TCM practitioner often will use acupoints on your body and then attach ear seeds on similar or the same points on the patient’s ear after treatment. The magnets or seeds are attached to your ear with a bandage-like adhesive material. The concerned acupoints are then stimulated by the patient a few times a day until three or four days later or until they naturally fall off. The extra stimulation to a few points can make the treatment plan more effective.

While it may be easy to search maps of auricular acupoints, we don’t recommend them for treating yourself or another person. Actually we advise that you seek out a certified or qualified Practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), trained in all types of TCM therapies who understands the best possible way to diagnose you effectively, safely, and properly.

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