Key Learning Points
Acupuncture ear points, (also known as auricular acupuncture points or acupuncture points in the ear), can complement treatment on the acupuncture channels on your body.
They are now regularly taught in acupuncture courses. If you are the patient, you don’t need to undress: your acupuncturist can easily get at them. Many therapists use them to treat addiction and acute pain.
Professionals in other therapies now use them to support other treatment, without needing to understand any of the ideas behind Chinese medicine.
Many trained ‘classical’ acupuncturists think this is a pity! Why? because it makes the ear seem like just another treatment modality for Western medicine.
Also we know that ear acupuncture based on Chinese medicine theory 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?
They’ve use ear acupuncture to some extent for many hundreds of years in China. Acupuncturists there base their treatment on the theories behind traditional Chinese medicine, although not all acupuncturists use them.
This is because Western-trained 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 are sore until you press them.
And of course, when you are sick, you may not be the best person to decide, objectively, what to do, let alone where to prod your ears. Do consider seeing somebody professional!
For a history of Ear Acupuncture, click here.
There are many. I’ve read a number and mainly use:
Auriculotherapy Manual by Terry Oleson.
This is a major text-book with an enormous amount of information: quite hard to absorb.
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