Can you ‘ear me?
Let’s talk all about auricular acupuncture.
The answer is ear seeds. Ear seeds can help with ceasing smoking, they have been seen worn by Penelope Cruz (and many other celebrities), and Swarovski has even gone so far as to make them a fashion statement. It’s one of my favourite treatments to use to keep the momentum up between acupuncture treatments. This can also be used as a wonderful technique for patients with a needle phobia or children.
Interestingly, the ear holds a microsystem of the body. An example of another microsystem is the feet which is commonly used in the practice of reflexology. The ear has a map of the body, shaped like an inverted fetus. It has all the fine details of the anatomical, physiological, and emotional body represented.
Auricular acupuncture is a treatment system based on balancing the body’s dysfunction through stimulation of definite points on the ear – similar to reflexology. Auricular acupuncture triggers a signal in the body that travels through a specific part of the brain. The brain then sends the signal around the body to the corresponding body part.
In my practice, I use small ‘beads’ that are placed with adhesive plaster over acupuncture points on the external ear surface. This ensures longer lasting stimulation, great between treatments.
Fun facts about the ear:
- The ear is the first organ to develop to its full size.
- It becomes fully functional about 18 weeks after conception.
- It is one of the few anatomical structures composed of unique tissue from each of the 3 primary types (ectoderm, endoderm and mesenchyme) in the developing embryo.