Stressed? Back Pain? Headaches?
Who knew the answer was in your EARS?!
Auricular Therapy or Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of pressure points on the ear.
Often described as reflexology for the ear, there are hundreds of points on the ear that are believed to represent a microsystem of the whole body, with points for areas both physical and emotional.
The stimulation of these points is known as Auricular Therapy. This can be accomplished with acupuncture, acupressure, and laser stimulation.
Acupuncture, a form of traditional Chinese medicine, has been practiced for thousands of years. An acupuncturist inserts needles into acupuncture points on meridians that run across the entire body. While auriculotherapy is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, it refers to the stimulation of points on the outside of the ear to elicit a therapeutic response in another area of the body. Auriculotherapy encompasses ear acupuncture and additional means of applying pressure to ear points, including ear seeds and acupressure.
The ear acts like a switchboard to the brain and a microcosm for the entire body. Signals are sent from the brain to the area of the body being treated. For example, stimulating a certain point on the ear may directly affect the digestive system.
Auriculotherapy can be performed during a standard acupuncture treatment, however it can be used without acupuncture as well. Ear seeds, a safe, pain-free, convenient, auriculotherapy treatment, are an excellent way to glean the benefits without puncturing the skin. The ear seeds, crafted from the seeds of the vaccaria plant, are secured to key acupuncture points on the outer ear with adhesive tape.
Once secured, ear seeds stimulate the points through light pressure over time. Many patients will even press on them several times a day for additional benefits. Plus, vaccaria is known to balance energy, invigorate blood and further promote healing.
Due to the lack of side effects, safety and efficacy of treating illness with ear seeds, it can be an excellent choice for patients of all ages. Similar to acupuncture, ear seeds not only treat certain conditions; they also balance the energy, or qi, and promote an overall sense of wellbeing.
auricular Ear Seed stimulation / Acupressure
Ear seeds are non-invasive, meaning they are affixed on the surface of the ear and do not puncture the skin. Small seeds from the vaccaria plant are secured on the ear with a piece of adhesive tape over specific acupressure points. The continuous mild pressure they exert is amplified by stimulating the seed with a few seconds of fingertip massage every few hours.
Ear seeds can be left on for up to 5 days, even with showering, sleeping, swimming, etc. They may fall off sooner, depending on where they’ve been placed. After 5 days of wear, remove the seeds and allow the skin to rejuvenate for 8-24 hours before replacement. Following this cycle, you can continue to wear them on an ongoing basis.
** If you are pregnant please consult your doctor before using Ear Seeds.
Auricular Acupressure using Swarovski Crystal Ear Seeds
As a special bonus, we offer Swarovski Crystal ear seeds! All of our Swarovski Crystal and Limited Edition ear seeds use metal pellets plated in 24-karat gold. These are fun to wear, giving you added bling to your ear!
In alternative medicine, auricular therapy can be used for the following:
Evidence for the Ear
Auriculotherapy / ear acupuncture is a common and effective way to treat pain. But don’t overlook this powerful technique for treating other conditions as well.
Proponents of auriculotherapy suggest nearly any health condition can be addressed by this powerful technique. The following published research studies illustrate just a small sampling of conditions for which auriculotherapy is likely effective. The six research studies below show auriculotherapy isn’t just for pain.
Study Title: The effects of ear acupressure, massage therapy and no therapy on symptoms of dementia: A randomized controlled trial.
Date: October 16, 2014
Summary: A total of 111 dementia patients participated in this randomized controlled trial and were evaluated for pain, anxiety and depression. Interventions included ear acupressure, massage and nothing. The ear acupressure intervention group showed better improvements than the massage therapy intervention group in relation to pain and depression during the treatment period and at one month of follow-up. The best improvement in pain was achieved in the last (3rd) month of ear acupressure treatment. Regarding anxiety, the best results were also observed in the last month of treatment.
Conclusions: Ear acupressure and massage therapy showed better results than the control group in relation to pain, anxiety and depression. However, ear acupressure achieved the most improvements.
Citation: Rodríguez-Mansilla J, González López-Arza MV, Varela-Donoso E, Montanero-Fernández J, González Sánchez B, Garrido-Ardila EM. The effects of ear acupressure, massage therapy and no therapy on symptoms of dementia: A randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2014 Oct 16. pii: 0269215514554240.