Your Ears have Points!

Your ears have points. Pressure points to be exact. Dr. Thompson is an expert at Auriculotherapy. Dr. Thompson, who teaches throughout the year, taught 12 continuing education hours to his peers last month. The subject was Auriculotherapy. Dr. Thompson is PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) certified. He teaches post graduate education seminars. Auriculotherapy is a health care modality that stimulates the points on the external surface of the ear (auricle) to alleviate pathology in other parts of the body. This therapy is based on Chinese Acupuncture. 

The ear is much more useful than just sitting on the side of your head so you can hear. In fact, ear acupressure (auriculotherapy) has been clinically studied and verified effective. Auriculotherapy uses the microsystem of the ear to treat distant body and organ points.

Auriculotherapy is an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches and allergies to addictions and pain disorders.

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The tissue of the ear is unique and has functions in addition to our sense of hearing. Did you know that the ear is the first organ to develop to its full size and become fully functional about 18 weeks after conception and is one of a few anatomical structures composed of tissue from each of the 3 primary types (endo, ecto, mesoderm) in the developing embryo.

auricular digramThe earliest use of ear acupuncture, like body acupuncture, dates back to ancient China. Auricular acupuncture as we know it today however is largely the outgrowth of work begun by Dr. Paul Nogier, a neurologist trained in acupuncture. He found that the ear holds all of the acupuncture points of the body plus more detailed physiological and anatomical correspondences and found that stimulation of these points were very effective in alleviating pain and other symptoms.  When an auricular acupuncture point on the ear is “active” it expresses as increased tenderness on stimulation and a higher electrical conductivity. This indicates pathology in the corresponding body tissue or function and makes auricular acupuncture a useful form of assessment of ailments. The texture, color, skin changes, veins, etc., in different areas of the ear can be indicators of the state of health.

Treatment is performed by needling the respective points on the ear and, if necessary, also on the body. Small ‘beads’ – metalplated, magnetic, or vaccaria seeds – are often placed with adhesive over the acupressure point on the ear for longer lasting stimulation. All signals induced by ear acupuncture travel through a specific part of the brain to the corresponding body parts. The body strictly obeys these commands because they come straight from the brain. Thus ear acupuncture takes advantage of the body’s own control center, the brain. All diseases that can be traced back to a disturbed, but not destroyed, organ function can be treated by ear and body acupuncture: migraine, insomnia, depression, addictions, indigestion, autonomic symptoms, most conditions of pain and inflammation. Some patients feel immediately relieved, others need several days before they notice an improvement. Some people feel as if they were walking on air after treatment, and almost all feel very relaxed.

Now that you now your ears have points, you can use these points by seeing Dr. Thompson. Use your ears!

 

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