Auricular (ear) Acupuncture can make acupuncture more of an affordable standalone treatment or can be incorporated into regular acupuncture sessions. There are five main points on the ear where the needles are placed and each point targets a separate symptom.
The five points are:
(1) The Autonomic Point which calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation.
(2) The Shen Men or “spirit gate,” which reduces anxiety and nervousness.
(3) The Kidney Point, for calming fears and healing internal organs.
(4) The Liver Point for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression.
(5) The Lung Point, which promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.
Both acute and chronic pain may be addressed using auricular acupuncture. The musculoskeletal system of the entire body is represented on each ear. Auricular acupuncture may relieve pain by the use of both acupuncture and acupressure. Typically, points on one or both ears are utilized, followed by the use of “ear seeds” or “ear pellets” which adhere to the ear. They are applied to the same points as the needles, allowing the patient to apply pressure (acupressure) to these points as needed. Patients can keep the seeds/pellets on for 3 to 5 days, providing added relief, and a way for the patient to feel a sense of control over their cravings.
When targeting PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or stress, this treatment accesses the sympathetic nervous system, reducing symptoms quickly, working to balance out the emotions, and promoting the release of endorphins to help patients feel calmer and more relaxed. Because of its effectiveness at addressing the symptoms of anxiety and PTSD.
For detox, it works to reduce cravings by balancing the body’s brain chemistry and is useful to assist in healing the damage caused by smoking. Auricular acupuncture may be used alongside other conventional treatments, or as a standalone treatment for smoking cessation.