Although allopathic medicine is the mainstream treatment used by most people around the globe due to its numerous benefits, other more ancient therapies also exist that are practiced in many parts of the world to maintain the health of the human body. Same as the forms of ancient Chinese medicine in Edina like acupuncture and acupressure, auricular acupuncture has also achieved far-reaching fame in European and Asian countries. This technique entails the use of needles to activate certain organs in the body by utilizing the external part of the ear. Recently, rather than using needles, the ear acupuncture points are stimulated by means of manual pressure, magnets, ear pellets, or lasers to stimulate the targeted points.
Vey old documents indicate the earliest use of auricular acupuncture in China in 500 B.C. However, the popularity and importance of this therapy was due to Dr. Paul Nogier, a French doctor who discovered that the points on the ear auricle are connected in one way or another to the internal organs. He equated the ear to that of an inverted fetus with the lower ear lobe representing the head, the body, in-between, and the feet, the auricle’s top.
Auricular acupuncture is considered an alternative form of treatment that works best when combined with chiropractic medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and other types of medicine. It is designed to alleviate body problems like tension, pain, and stress. As in allopathic medicine, body pain is relieved with painkilling medications that contain endomorphins. Auricular acupuncture stimulates and balances the body’s internal energy that causes it to create and release endomorphins to alleviate pain. A typical session would last half an hour to an hour. This type of treatment balances the energy in the body by rectifying the brain’s reflex centers thus lessening pain.
The World Health Organization has approved auricular acupuncture as an effective and safe treatment. This therapy is now being used to treat addiction pertaining to smoking and drugs. It has no reported side effects and is deemed as an ideal alternative to acupuncture. To prevent or cure smoking addiction, the acupuncturist uses different frequencies via a micro stimulation device to activate the surface of the two auricles. The rate of success of this therapy is 80 percent as it decreases the craving of nicotine and withdrawal symptoms in smoking addicts.
As with other ancient therapies, a person requires proper training under the supervision of a professional to use this modality if they have to practice it themselves.