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Auricular Acupuncture or Ear Acupuncture

It is one of many forms of acupuncture, using the external ear like a representation of the body. In fact,
it looks like a fetus in the womb. The practitioner use pellets, seeds, magnets, electric impulses or
needles.

The ear basically composes of cartilage and connective tissues with a minimal
amount of the adipose tissue, but is supplied with numerous nerves near this
skin surface.

The relationship between the ear and internal organs was first reported in the
book Huang Di Nei Jing (Chinese Canon of Medicine) more than 3,000 years
ago. The ear was described as a central location where numerous meridians (the
path ways of body energy flow) meet. Hippocrates described the relations
between fertility and some treatments in the external ear as well.

Dr. Paul Nogier, a French neurologist, observed a relation between chronic


sciatica and ear scars. The symptoms were improved by pressing certain points in the ears. In the 1950's
Dr. Nogier mapped these points and the corresponding somatic representation in the body by
developing a map of the external ear, similar to the somatosensory homunculus of the brain.

In 1980, the UCLA university did a research on


the use of the external ear and diagnosis.
(Olesson and Kroegning). In 1987, WHO
organized meetings and defined the charts of
different points between the Chinese and
French medicine.

In some situations, the ear changes presenting


discolorations or tenderness with internal
imbalance. Since it reflects the patient's
condition, it can be a useful tool to diagnose.

Ear Acupuncture is effective for acute and


chronic conditions: migraines, asthma, allergies,
obesity, high blood pressure, back pain, etc.

It is simple to apply with minimal side effects,


and often achieves good results.

Ear acupuncture is a type of treatment


that has not only been verified by science, but also proven to work particularly well for
pain, addiction, stress, and PTSD.

Acu + Puncture !?!?


The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of
points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has
been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid,
metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical
stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years,
acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Asian medicine along with
herbs, cupping therapy, moxibustion, and Tuina.

Acupuncturists diagnose patients' conditions and track down the root cause of issues
based upon a meridian & organ treatment, musculoskeletal dermatome treatment, or
tension myositis treatment. boosting the energy to treat symptoms balancing organs
and boosting the natural healing power in patients.

Scientific evidence-based Mechanisms of Acupuncture

* Activating chain reactions in both local tissues and the CNS


* Local skin reaction and cutaneous micro-current mechanism
* Local interaction between the needle and the surrounding soft tissues
* Local relaxation of muscle shortening and contracture
* Neural mechanisms
* Blood coagulation and lymphatic circulation
* Local immune response
* DNA synthesis to replace injured tissues and repair the acupuncture lesions

The fMRI shows activated visual regions in the


brain when an acupuncture point is stimulated
on the lower leg. The point is called "Bright
Light" which is supposed to brighten the eyes.

The above findings are only partial evidences that we


might understand so far. If history is more dependable
than science, acupuncture is something beyond science.

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