WELL BEING: Auricular Therapy

27 Jun

auricular therapy triggerpoints

Auricular Therapy is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Think of it as reflexology for the ear, instead of the hands or feet.

As a comprehensive system of diagnosis and treatment, Auricular or ear reflexology suggests that each area of the ear corresponds to a different anatomical portion of the body.   A large number of sites have been identified on the ear which become spontaneously tender in the presence of disease or injury elsewhere in the body.  These sites are reportedly consistent from one individual to the next.  Stimulation of these ear points in time exerts certain therapeutic effects on those parts of the body with which they are associated.

Just as Iridology uses the nerve endings in the iris of your eyes to detect health problems and disease, so too the many trigger-points in the ear can show organ weakness, stimulate far reaches of the body and open circulatory pathways.

While this alternative therapy has no actual scientific evidence, written records of specific acupressure and acupuncture points date back to 2nd century China.  However, more recently, French neurologist Paul Nogier wrote in a German acupuncture periodical in 1957, drawing serious attention to the correspondences between specific sites on the ear and other parts of the body.  After years of careful observation relating points of tenderness, morphological and color changes on the ear to disease elsewhere in the body, more than 200 sites were charted on the auricle (ear) by Chinese medical workers.

Ear reflexology is not only effective in the treatment of a wide range of common diseases, it can also be used with good results in the treatment of difficult emotional states.

Anyway, who doesn’t like their ears massaged?  It is relaxing and invigorating.  Using acupuncture pins or simply applying pressure to specific trigger-points through the use of acupressure, an Auricular therapist can stimulate and nourish every organ system of the body.


  • stimulates internal organs
  • improves circulation in general
  • aids in lymphatic flow
  • induces deep relaxation
  • stimulates the brain
  • improves the immune system

Auricular has been popularized over the last decade as the diet industry caught on and started using magnet therapy placed on the ‘stomach’ point in the ears to cut down on hunger cravings and snacking.

This isn’t the first time Auricular has been all the rage.  The Egyptians used earrings to treat vision and fertility problems.  As well as the Romans, who cauterizing specific points on their ears for the treatment of sciatica.

A true practitioner of ear reflexology has trained for 4 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  As many have studied in China and brought their precious medicine to share with us, seek out a therapist who has proper credentials and is legal to practice in the US.

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