What is Auricular Therapy ?
Auriculotherapy (also auricular therapy, ear acupuncture, and auriculoacupuncture) is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a micro system, which reflects the entire body, represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively. Similar mappings are used in many areas of the body, including the practices of reflexology and iridology. These mappings are not based on or supported by any medical or scientific evidence
Auriculotherapy was proposed in the “Treatise of Auriculotherapy” (1957), by the neurologist Paul Nogier.The developments were made by clinical trials based upon a phrenological method of projection of a fetal Homunculus on the ear, for reference of physical complaints and points for medical treatment. Nogier soon presented his discovery to the public, where members of the Chinese Army picked up the map and took it to the barefoot doctors of China, farmers with minimal training in basic medical and in paramedical skills, and so provide medical services in rural China
History of Auricular therapy
Auricular therapy has a long history of use in China. It was mentioned in the most famous of ancient Chinese medical textbooks, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.” In modern times, auricular therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s own feel-good chemicals.
The Chinese version of ear acupuncture is still based on the traditional Chinese medicine model, whereas the western Nogier version is based more on a western scientific format.It is a method of treating a variety of physiological and psychological health problems by the stimulation of certain acupuncture points on the external ear. Classical body acupuncture is thought to have been originally discovered in China over 5000 years ago; ear acupuncture was also thought to have been discovered in China around the same time, however it has been, until fairly recently, a poor relation of classical body acupuncture. It was the French Physician from Lyon in France, the late Dr Paul Nogier, in the 1950’s after seeing one of his patients cured of sciatic back pain with the use of ear acupuncture, who then began to research and develop modern ear acupuncture, and carried on researching and refining the therapy for over 40 years until his recent death in the late 1990’s. In fact his work is so well regarded that the Chinese refer to him as the Father of modern Ear Acupuncture
Methods of Auricular Therapy
This is a treatment method that refers to applying a hard, smooth seed, herb, a pill or drug, or a magnetic pellet on tape, to a selected auricular point, and pressing it properly, to stimulate the point, to treat various diseases. Auricular Seed Therapy is safe and painless method. The patient can even constantly stimulate him/herself by pressing the seeds attached to the acupoints. This method is very suitable for children, or those others who are afraid of pain, or who can not receive treatment everyday. Through clinical practice records, it has been confirmed that Auricular Seed Therapy is more acceptable by the patients, yet can achieve satisfactory therapeutic effects.
Auricular Massage Therapy is an easy and simple external method by pressing, rubbing, kneading, twisting, pinching, digital pressing, and fingernail pressing the ear. By massaging the ear correctly, one can help treat and prevent diseases.
Auricular Bleeding Therapy is a method of treating disease by puncturing selected auricular point(s) with an auricular filliform needle, intradermal needle, etc. Because this method is very effective in treating high fever, headache, dizziness and vertigo etc, it is adopted as one of the three main treatment methods in Auricular Medicine. Auricular Bleeding Therapy is extremely efficient in dredging the channels, promoting blood circulation by removing blood stasis, tranquilizing the mind, clearing away heat, and relieving inflammation and pain.
The Primary Master points
Microsystems acupuncture or auriculoacupuncture has 10 Master points out of which 5 are Primary Master points they are
- Point Zero – general homeostatic balance
- Shen Men – stress, anxiety, excessive sensitivity
- Autonomic Point – balances symphathetic and parasymphathetic nervous systems, blood circulation
- Thalamus Point – over excitement, shock, sweating
- Endocrine Point – balance endocrine hormones, hypersensitivity, rheumatism
These are the Secondary Master points in aricular Therapy
- Master Oscillation Point – balances left and right hemispheres (useful for left hand dominant clients)
- Allergy Point – reduce allergic inflammations, eliminate toxicity
- Tranquilizer Point – general sedation, anxiety
- Master Sensorial (eye) Point – tinnitus, blurred vision
- Master Cerebral Point – nervousness, anxiety, fear, OCD
Psychlogical disoders and cure available in Auricular Therapy
- Clinical depression-A mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
Anxiety disorder-A mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.
Bipolar disorder-A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
Dementia-A group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder–A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Schizophrenia-A disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly.
Obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD)-Excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviours (compulsions).
Autism- A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.
Post traumatic stress disorder-A disorder characterised by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.
Kidney & Urinary Disorder
Kidney and urinary tract disorders can involve one or both kidneys, one or both ureters, the bladder, or the urethra, and in men, the prostate, one or both testes, or the epididymis.
Some urinary tract disorders rarely cause symptoms until the problem is very advanced. These include
- Kidney failure
- Tumors-Stones that do not block urine flow
- Some low-grade infections
Sometimes, symptoms occur but are very general or vague and are not always obviously related to the kidneys. For example, a general feeling of illness (malaise), loss of appetite, or nausea may be the only symptoms of advanced kidney failure. In older people, mental confusion may be the first recognized symptom of infection or kidney failure.
Symptoms that are more suggestive of a kidney or urinary problem include
- Pain in the side (flank)
- Swelling of the feet or legs
- Problems with urination
Respiratory illness is a common problem in the all parts of the world. Many times, people are genetically more likely to get respiratory conditions, but your work place or environmental exposures could also play a big role. One thing is for sure, smoking is the most common cause of respiratory disease.
Asthma is defined as a common, chronic respiratory condition that causes difficulty breathing due to inflammation of the airways. Asthma symptoms include dry cough, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Dr. Meyer says there is a major connection between environmental allergies and asthma. Allergic reactions, infections and pollution can all trigger an asthma attack.
Pneumonia is a common lung disease caused by an infection in the air sacs in the lungs. The infections can be bacterial, viral or fungal. Most people can recover in one to three weeks, but for certain people, pneumonia can be extremely serious and even life-threatening.
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD emphasized by a chronic cough. Usually people cough up sputum (mucus from the lungs), especially in the morning. Doctors say this happens because mucus glands in the airways increase output, and patients have to cough that extra secretion out. Since chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD,
and few more which can be cured in Auriculotherapy
Circulatory system & Disorders
The circulatory system, also called the cardiovascular system or the vascular system, is an organ system that permits blood to circulate and transport nutrients (such as amino acids and electrolytes), oxygen, carbon dioxide, hormones, and blood cells to and from the cells in the body to provide nourishment and help in fighting diseases, stabilize temperature and pH, and maintain homeostasis.
Coronary artery disease-Damage or disease in the heart’s major blood vessels.
High blood pressure-A condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.
Cardiac arrest-Sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness.
Congestive heart failure-A chronic condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should.
Arrhythmia-Improper beating of the heart, whether irregular, too fast or too slow.
Peripheral artery disease-A circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs.
Stroke-Damage to the brain from interruption of its blood supply.
Congenital heart disease-An abnormality in the heart that develops before birth.
Gynecological disorders & Treatment
Symptoms may result from mild infections that are easy to treat. But, if they are not treated properly, they can lead to more serious conditions, including infertility or kidney damage. Vaginal symptoms may also be a sign of more serious problems, from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to cancers of the reproductive tract.
- bleeding between periods
- frequent and urgent need to urinate, or a burning sensation during urination
- abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly during or after intercourse
- pain or pressure in your pelvis that differs from menstrual cramps
- itching, burning, swelling, redness, or soreness in the vaginal area
- sores or lumps in the genital area
- vaginal discharge with an unpleasant or unusual odor, or of an unusual color
- increased vaginal discharge
- pain or discomfort during intercourse
Neurological Disorders and cure in Auricular Therapy
- Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
- Memory disorders
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Parkinson’s disease.
Digestive System Disorders and cure in Auricular Therapy
Common digestive problems include heartburn/GERD, IBD, and IBS. Symptoms may include bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps. Treatment includes a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.
1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
3. Celiac Disease
4. Crohn’s Disease
5. Ulcerative Colitis
6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
9. Anal Fissure
Ear acupressure (also called “auriculotherapy” or simply “ear treatments”) can help you reduce symptoms and stay healthy. Using ear treatment methods, you can address everything from stress reduction and boosting immunity to soothing your digestion, easing joint & muscle pains
Skin and Allergy Disorders and cure in Auricular Therapy
Bumps, itching, redness and other skin conditions are very common, and their cause may not be easily identifiable. Rashes can be caused by many things, including plants (poison ivy, for example), allergic reactions to a medication or a food, or an illness (measles or chickenpox, for example). Eczema and hives, both of which are related to allergies, are two of the most common skin rashes.
- seborrheic dermatitis.
Curable System in Live
We have a specalised therapy center for AuricularTherapy and patients can come directly to our therapyy center located in Address : 58, GST Road, Opp CMC Hospital, Chengalpattu, TamilNadu 603001 and they can undertake this treatment under the supervision of the therapy specalist’s
Benefits and Disorders Cured
- Chronic pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low back pain