Other Names: Ear acupuncture, Auriculoacupuncture
Auriculotherapy 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. It is a health care procedure in which stimulation of the auricle of the external ear is utilized to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body. While originally based upon the ancient Chinese practices of acupuncture, the somatotopic correspondence of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear was first developed in France. It is this integrated system of Chinese and Western practices of auricular acupuncture which is presented.
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 is needle-less stimulation of the external ear for alleviating pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Auriculotherapy uses electricity to diagnose and treat auricular acupoints (acupuncture points on the ear). The external part of The ear is considered a “Microsystem” of the body. Microsystems are like small images of the whole body, located in different locations on the body and in this case, the ear. The ear is a complete Microsystem of the human body. All parts of the body are represented in an inverted pattern on the ear. There are other Microsystems in the body but the ear has been shown through research to be the most effective Microsystem. This is due to the type of tissue that makes up the ear and due to its direct connection to the nervous system, which controls every single cell and bodily function.
Auriculotherapy works by stimulating the central nervous system through the cranial nerves and spinal nerves on the auricle (external ear). This stimulation results in neurotransmitters being stimulated within the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system. This stimulation of neurotransmitters modulates the pain and modulates nerve function beginning the healing process within the body to that organ or body part that is affected.
Auriculotherapy is performed by the doctor using electricity (micro-current) as a means to diagnose and treat auricular acupoints. There are over 200 auricular acupoints on each ear that represent all parts of the body and many functional areas of the body.
The doctor uses a small hand held wand that has two functions, it diagnoses by measuring the differences in skin conductivity in relation to the acupoint, and is also used to treat the acupoint. The wand measures the positive and negative polarity (differential) of acupoint and surrounding tissue. When there is a large difference in polarity, either positive or negative, it is indicative of the presence of an injury, pathology or disease in that part of the body that corresponds to the acupoint. If the point is extremely negative or extremely positive, the machine will automatically stimulate the ear point with electrical stimulation positively or negatively as needed. This is all done with the touch of a button on the wand. The machine, which is called a Stim-Flex 400A is the most advanced equipment in the field and allows the doctor to diagnose pain, dysfunction, and disease whether it be somatic, visceral or psychological in origin.
One of the biggest demands of people who go to auriculotherapy is to lose weight, because of the help that can provide this therapy to this purpose. This is one of the benefits that can be achieved, as it not only helps prevent fluid retention and eliminates toxins, but also fights the anxiety that is experienced when dieting.
This therapy helps in the thinning process, but by itself does not cause weight loss and requires a healthy and balanced diet, combined with regular practice of some physical activity.
Another field in which it has a great demand is in the gynecological for its proven results trying different problems like dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain). It is also advisable when one suffers an abrupt cessation of menstruation due to large uterine spasms, which can also cause problems for a woman to become pregnant since the contractions are so strong that the sperm passage is blocked.
Specialists in this alternative therapy assure that it has great results in the treatment of different types of pain such as sciatica, headaches, or neuralgias, as well as functional and organic disorders such as constipation, asthma, vertigo or insomnia.
The emotional disorders such as anxiety, stress or depression. The release of endorphins manages to positively alter the body and makes the patient find a better predisposition to deal with everyday situations.
In several cases it helps to gain weight through the appropriate points in as it increases appetite.As well as it helps in losing weight, it allows the gain of the same for those who require it.
An additional advantage of auriculotherapy compared to acupuncture, with which it is closely linked, is that working with spheres in surface contact with the skin avoids any risk of infection caused by needle pricks.
The primary side effect of ear acupuncture or Auriculotherapy is tenderness or inflammation to the ear itself. This is usually very rare. Auriculotherapy and acupuncture generally have almost no side effects, especially if the doctor is using Auriculotherapy with electrical stimulation,which is how it is performed.
Infection is possible when the skin is pierced with the acupuncture needle, but is never heard of in Auriculotherapy. If the patient is afraid of needles, Auriculotherapy is a painless alternative to ear acupuncture. If the doctor is using the Electro-Therapy Association’s guidelines for treatment, there are virtually no negative side effects.
Auriculotherapy is contraindicated in patients that are in their first trimester of pregnancy and for those patients who have certain types of pacemakers or defibrillator’s.
Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only.