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Auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy, or auricular therapy, or ear acupuncture, or auriculo-acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a micro system with the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Ailments of the entire body are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively. Similar mappings are used in reflexology and iridology. These mappings are not based on or supported by any medical or scientific evidence.

Auriculotherapy is a clinically effective treatment modality utilized for the relief of chronic pain and the alleviation of substance abuse. The external ear has been shown to have a somatotopic organization in an inverted fetus pattern, wherein each part of the auricle corresponds to a specific part of the body. Detection of electrical conductance and tenderness palpation can reveal specific auricular reflex points which can be stimulated to alter pathological reflex patterns in the brain, in internal organs, and in different peripheral regions of the musculoskeletal body.

Auricular acupuncture writers often make the claim that the method goes back to early Chinese sources. In fact there are only a few references in Chinese medicine texts that could make that reference plausible. The main claims are that the Han Dynasty book Huangdi Neijing states that the kidneys open in the ears, so that superfluous substances of the kidneys are ejaculated in the ears, making the ears to an instrument of diagnosis. Also the same text states that many channels (Jingluomai/meridians) exit in the ear. It never speaks about the practice going two ways.

Auriculotherapy was developed by the French neurologist Paul Nogier in 1957[citation needed] using a phrenological method of projection of a fetal Homunculus on the ear for reference of complaints and points for treatment. The method is an offshoot of Phrenology.

What are the benefits of Auricular therapy?

  • Activates the meridian which regulated energy flow

  • Stimulates the internal organs

  • Improves the circulation in general

  • Aids in the flow of the lymphatic system

  • Induces deep relaxation

  • Stimulates the brain

  • Improves the immune system as prevention measure

 

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