Experience the Benefits of Auriculotherapy For Yourself
Ear acupuncture can be very helpful for a number of cases including: anxiety, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, weight loss, smoking cessation and many other conditions. Typically, it can be used as a supporting treatment during an office visit.
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Set your mind at ease by taking a look at answers to the most common questions asked by first time acupuncture patients.
Does auriculotherapy cost more?
There is no additional cost for standard needles or ear seeds if you are in the office for a treatment. If the condition warrants the consideration of semi-permanent needle, there is a small charge for each semi-permanent needle. Semi-permanent needles can last up to 4 weeks, to provide ongoing support.
Does everybody get auriculotherapy?
If the condition treated would benefit from extra needles in the ear it is added. But we don’t just keep adding needles for the sake of adding more needles.
Does auriculotherapy hurt?
Most people are absolutely fine with ear acupuncture. If a person is sensitive, we can skip the ear points, use ear seeds, or distract them during insertion.
Do I have to take off my earrings for this?
Usually the earrings can stay in, unless they are big enough to get in the way.
How Does Auriculotherapy Work?
Methods of ear stimulation have included needles, seeds, laser, moxibustion, magnetic and electrical methods. Stimulation of the ear points is thought to access the central nervous system through effects on the cranial nerves. The ear points can cause the brain to release endorphins and initiate the pain relief and other effects.
Ear acupuncture is recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which was compiled around 200 BCE. In the west, Hippocrates also mentioned auriculotherapy. Auricular therapy has been used for 2500 years for treating diseases, including in Europe. It was only after 1957 that the international community became more aware of the potential of this therapy, and it underwent a more systemic development. In the 1950’s ear acupuncture was developed more in France by Dr. Nogier.
Battlefield acupuncture is an auriculotherapy protocol used by the military, to help with pain, especially since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military medics use a specific semi-permanent needle. This is especially helpful in reducing dependence on opioids and multiple medications. A recent review and meta review indicate that auricular acupuncture has a significant reduction in pain scores and suggests it could play a role in any emergency department.
The NADA protocol was developed by Michael Smith in New York, as part of the drug detoxification center of Lincoln Hospital. NADA is known as a form of “acudetox” to support substance abuse treatment and recovery. The NADA protocols have been used in drug courts across the United states, as well as across the globe, to help with long term recovery maintenance, especially relative to help with stress reduction, improving sleep and coping ability. The NADA protocol is also used by the organization Acupuncturists without Borders. The group goes into areas with natural disasters, e.g. such as Hurricane Katrina and the huge earthquakes in Haiti. This protocol allows quick treatment of large numbers of people.
Ear seeds can provide some ongoing support for a few days.
Semi Permanent needles can provide ongoing support for up to a month.
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Ear Acupuncture or Auriculotherapy
Ear acupuncture can be a very helpful for a number of issues:
Morning sickness, motion sickness
Ear points can be stimulated with acupuncture needles or ear seeds. Ear seeds are small seeds or a ball taped onto a very specific point or points on the ear. If chosen, the ear seeds are taped on to the ears and are pressed periodically as needed. This allows patients to help themselves between treatments. For certain specific conditions, and certain clients, we can consider semi-permanent needles that can last up to 4 weeks for more sustained support.
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