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Auricular Acupuncture (Ear Seeds)


By: Karin Johnson, R.N., Dipl. Ac., L.A


With over two hundred acupuncture points on the outer ear alone, Auricular Acupuncture is one of the more interesting aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. By inserting small needles into the fleshy part of the ear or by placing ‘ear seeds’ (either tiny magnets or very small mustard seeds) on specific ‘points’ on the outer ear, an electrical signal is sent to the brain, which in turn stimulates the part of the body the point corresponds to. These points correlate with internal organs, channels, collaterals, tissue, limbs and even bones.


The inner ear is never needled and when using ear seeds, the auricular points can be stimulated for much longer than needles, well after your session is over with. The adhesive tape used to keep the ear seeds in place, are also flesh colored, making them hardly noticeable and can be worn for up to five days. They can also be used in conjunction with a traditional acupuncture treatment or like reflexology (acupressure on the feet); a full body treatment can be done, on just the ear alone. With ear seeds, the longer they stay in place, the deeper the healing will be.


Auricular Acupuncture can treat a myriad of conditions such as:


Insomnia


Anxiety


Depression


Pre-menstrual Syndrome


Obesity


Joint and Muscle Aches


Arthritis


Migraines


Sinusitis and Asthma


Sciatica


Back Pain


Tendonitis


Colitis and Indigestion


Drug, Alcohol and Cigarette Addiction


Auricular Acupuncture can also take half the time and half the cost of a traditional acupuncture treatment, making it a very cost-effective way to get the care you need, especially when money is tight and you’re always on the go. To all you women and men out there who feel there is not enough time in the day to take care of yourselves, this is the perfect treatment for you!