What Is Auricular Acupuncture?
There are around 250 known acupuncture points on the ear corresponding to different areas of the body so in theory we could treat the whole body by just using ear points.
Points on the ear are sometimes used as an adjunct to body treatment but AURICULAR (EAR) ACUPUNCTURE is best known for it’s great results in the treatment of habitual behaviour patterns and addictions. The ears being close to the head and the brain may influence the brain wave and produce a calming effect.
This procedure was pioneered in Brooklyn, New York drug treatment hospital by psychiatric nurse Mike Smith in the 1970’s with great results which set a precedent for treatment of this type culminating in the American National Acupuncture Detox Association spreading to the UK and beyond by John Tindall in the 80’s both who have by now successfully treated thousands of people for substances such as heroin, crack, marijuana.
Additionally it is a popular form of treatment for smokers and it is said shoppers, gamblers or most any obsessive-compulsive type disorder client could benefit.
What Is The Procedure?
The procedure is very simple as a few sterilised single-use disposable tiny acupuncture needles are carefully inserted into specific acupuncture points on the outer aspect of the ear and left for 20 – 45 minutes.
During this time the patient feels very relaxed and many processes are happening although in a scientific sense the releasing of endorphin is noted as having powerful sedating and relaxing effect.
The client sits in a chair feeling very relaxed however very clear mentally
What Are The Benefits?
It helps people comfortably stop the use of over the counter, prescription and recreational drugs as well as cigarettes and obsessive type behavioural patterns.
It helps people get through the “cliff hanging stage” of withdrawal where their nerves are on end.
Different ear points relate to the different organs in the body which are responsible for creating particular responses, for example there’s a point for the nervous system at the top of the ear which also works as a pain killer, helps night sweats, the eyes etc. The kidney point’s range of influence focuses on memory, will power, back ache, hearing, gynae disorders etc. Also at the top of the ear is a point related to calming, insomnia, over sensitivity, blood pressure etc. there’s a point related to the liver for anger and depression and a point relating to the lung which is said to control breathing, help night sweats, help skin (the third lung), oedema etc…