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Acupuncture ear points, (also known as auricular acupuncture points or acupuncture points in the ear), can complement treatment on your body's channels or meridians of acupuncture.
They are now regularly taught in acupuncture courses and, because they are easy to access and don't need the patient to undress, have become widely used in the treatment of addiction and, more recently, in the treatment of acute pain.
Many professionals now use them to support other treatment, without needing to understand any of the ideas behind Chinese medicine.
In the opinion of trained 'classical' acupuncturists this is a pity because it makes the ear seem like just another treatment modality for Western medicine and because, from experience, we know that using ear acupuncture points in support of treatment based on Chinese medicine makes them work better and for longer.
What are the advantages of acupuncture ear points?
What are the disadvantages of using acupuncture points in the ear?
Although ear acupuncture has been used to some extent for many hundreds of years in China, where practitioners based their diagnosis and treatment on the metaphysics behind traditional Chinese medicine, not all acupuncturists use them.
This is because auricular acupuncturists often use a different theory to that of traditional Chinese medicine. Many skilled acupuncturists using traditional Chinese medicine get tremendous results without using ear points so don't need this additional modality.
However, auricular acupuncture lends itself to treatment by people from other therapies, such as osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychotherapists, physiotherapists, nurses, even dentists and doctors! To get results they often don't need much training.
Self acupuncture using ear points isn't easy because you can't see what you're doing!
But it's not difficult to locate sore points yourself, and then rub or press them. Sometimes, because of the way the nerves in the ear are reflex to other parts of the body, this can be quick and effective at reducing pain.
However, be warned: you may find you have small areas in the ear that are very sensitive to pressure! You might not know they were sore until you press them.
For a history of Ear Acupuncture, click here.
There are many. I've read a number and mainly use:
Auriculotherapy Manual by Terry Oleson, pictured on the right. This is a major text-book with an enormous amount of information: quite hard to absorb.
I also use Principles of Ear Acupuncture by Axel Rubach, pictured on the left. This is much shorter and succinct, with clear descriptions and suggestions for how to treat. However, any system of medicine needs practice, not to say training. When you are sick, you may not be the best person to decide, objectively, what to do, let alone where to prod in your ears. Do consider seeing somebody professional!
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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