Auricular Therapy is also known as Auriculotherapy, or it may also be termed as  ear acupuncture, and auriculoacupuncture. It is basically a form of alternative medicine therapy and works on the theory that the ear is a microsystem, which reflects the entire body, represented on the outer part of the ear termed as auricle. It is assumed that the conditions affecting the mental, physical or emotional health of the patient can be treated by stimulating the surface of the ear exclusively. This article exclusively focuses on the auricular therapy. In this article we will discuss how auricular therapy is done, what are its benefits and what health conditions are most helped by auricular therapy in detail.

Auricular Therapy

What is Auricular therapy?

The external part of the ear is called auricle. The stimulation of the auricle for the diagnosis and treatment of different health conditions that affects the other parts of the body is termed as auricular therapy. When the acupuncture needles are inserted to stimulate the auricle, then it can also be called as auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture. On the other hand, the stimulation of the outer surface of ear reflex points is termed as auricular therapy. By the manual pressure, one can also stimulate specific points on the ear and this process can be referred to as auricular acupressure or ear reflexology. Following list shows some of the health condition that can be treated with Auricular therapy:

  • Weight loss
  • Treating anxiety
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Treating Chronic pain

Ear acupressure is one tool you can use anywhere, anytime to keep yourself always ready to encounter any kind of health problem. In this article we will learn how to do it yourself. The practice of auricular therapy is believed to be almost two thousand years old, originated in the third century and is very effective in treating not only painful conditions but also addiction and, also issues with the central nervous system. 

 

How auricular therapy is done?

 

Auricular therapy or ear acupressure is not a costly treatment. So, it can be accessed by anyone. It can help you reduce symptoms of many diseases and this sway you can keep yourself happy and healthy. Using auricular therapy, you can address everything ranging from reducing stress and boosting immunity to getting joints at ease, soothing the digestion, and providing relief to muscle pains, and much more.

Auricular therapy or ear acupressure is a simple process. It is done by placing small magnets or press balls, or even seeds at specific areas at the outside portion of your ears. Small adhesive band-aids are often used to hold the small metal ball or the seed onto a specific area of the ear to provide a maintained pressure at that ear reflex point. So, you can do it at your home too.

 

Benefits of auricular therapy

You must be wondering what health conditions are most helped by auriculotherapy? Let us discuss it in this section.

As we already said that every part of the external ear connects through the microsystem that reflexes every part of the body. Hence, a vast category of health problems is relieved by auriculotherapy. We can stimulate the outer part of the ear and almost every health condition can be affected by it to some degree. We can list down some of the most commonly reported uses of auriculotherapy:

  • Control of chronic pain
  • Detoxification from addictive drugs
  • Relief of nausea
  • Reduction of hypertension etc.

Acupressure Auricular Therapy

 

Side Effects

Side effects of auricular therapy are very rare but possible. Like, some people may feel some illness before recovering or during the course of the auricular therapy. The reason behind this may be due to the delicate nervous sensitivity of the person and it can result into increased symptoms of the present medical condition or it can activate the medical ailments that were previously inactive. But these side effects are not permanent or they do not stay for long. These side effects are only temporary because as soon as your body starts to recover itself by its self-healing capabilities all the problems and side effects vanish away. There can be other some other side effects also such as soreness on ear points, light-headedness and fatigue that can last for few hours only.

The scientific studies verify the effectiveness of auricular therapy. Its healing power is magical. The only critical factor in this treatment therapy locating the reflex point on the ear as while stimulating the exact point and frequency matters the most. So, it is always advised to consult an expert initially.