Auricular acupuncture is a type of acupuncture treatment performed on the ear. Acupuncture is multi-millennial medicinal technique that originated in China, and is better known as a mode of treatment that uses fine needles inserted at specific acupuncture points in the body.
Recently, several groups of acupuncturists specialize in one or more aspects of this traditional Chinese medicine technique; one group that specializes in auricular acupuncture focus on applying certain acupuncture methods of the ear. Licensed practitioners are trained to identify the more than 200 meridian points spread across the outer ear to provide relief. However, it needs to be stated that acupuncture needles used on body acupoints should never be stuck into the auditory canal but only super fine needles should be applied into the pinna or auricle’s fleshy part.
A wide variety of diseases can be potentially addressed by the sticking of fine needles on the outer ear. This auricular stimulation boosts the flow of blood in the body. Each acupoint has a correspondence to the lungs, heart, knee, hips, shoulders, liver, kidney, and other parts of the body. The brain can be activated when needles are applied into the ear since the needles can stimulate a nerve directly connected to the brain.
Auricular acupuncture is an alternative treatment in Vancouver that is attracting a growing number of people. Some are considering it for alcohol or drug rehabilitation or as a complement to other rehab programs. Auricular acupuncture has been proven to alleviate joint and muscle pain and energize the brain and other organs. The needles used in auricular acupuncture measure 3 mm – 5 mm and for about 10 min – 20 min, are inserted into the ear per the acupuncturist’s diagnostic data.
In auricular acupuncture, each acupoint in the auricle is somehow associated with other parts of the body. The density of the outer ear’s acupoints is quite high, which is the reason why the specialization of auricular acupuncture treatment is needed.