Auriculotherapy


Auriculotherapy, also called ear acupuncture, applies the principles of acupuncture to specific points on the ear. Auriculotherapists believe that healing processes can be promoted by working with these points on the ear, because the ear contains many blood vessels and nerve endings that, when stimulated, influence the organs and bodily functions.

This therapy has been used successfully to:

Relieve pain – A study in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine focused on 57 men and women with chronic pain. After undergoing auriculotherapy, 82 percent showed improvement.

Lower your blood pressure – Applying pressure to the “high blood pressure point” decreases hypertension, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Drop weight – In a clinical study, weekly ear acupuncture applied on the “hunger point” of the outer ear helped 60 overweight men and women shed an average of seven pounds compared to those who did not receive acupuncture. 

Quit smoking – Auriculotherapy is thought to be 7 times more powerful than other methods used for smoking cessation. One study showed that 39 percent of those who received acupuncture either stopped smoking completely or cut down on their smoking within two weeks.3 

Reduce stress – Your brain produces natural stress relief chemicals that help your body relax. By stimulating specific nerve reflex points – particularly the “tranquilizer point” – auriculotherapy can raise the levels of these chemicals. It can also trigger the body’s release of cortisol and other hormones that help control stress. 

Improve memory – Auricular acupuncture has been used to help improve memory in people with mild to severe dementia. In a recent study, it improved the learning and memory capability of model rats with Alzheimer’s disease.

Plus, auriculotherapy has been used to treat depression, diabetes – even alcoholism. One study of chronic alcoholics found that people who tried auriculotherapy had 50 percent less drinking episodes. And 50 percent less return visits to detoxification facilities.

 

 

 

 

But you don’t need a micro-current stimulator to benefit from auriculotherapy. There’s a simpler way. And all you need is your own hand.

 

Here’s an exercise you can try right now:

 

Take your hands and rub them together. Let the friction create warmth.

 

When your palms and fingertips are warm, place your hands on your ears and begin squeezing, pressing every inch of both ears.

 

If you find a tender spot on your ear, squeeze the spot using firm pressure three times. Then squeeze it again, this time using soft pressure.

 

Repeat for as long as it feels comfortable. Finally, end your massage by grasping the entire ear. Pull your hands down as you slide all the way to your ear lobe.

 

That’s just one of many auricular exercises you can add to your routine.

 

You can get the full benefit of this state-of-the-art therapy. All you need is a copy of The Amazing Science of Auriculotherapy from my friends at Think-Outside-the-Book Publishing.

 

It clearly identifies reflex points on your outer ear. And shows how to use it for a therapeutic effect on your body. The book also offers simple techniques for stimulating your “pressure points.” This way you can try the therapy for yourself.