Ear Acupuncture
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Ear acupuncture, also known as Auricular acupuncture, is an Oriental medicine procedure that uses thin needles which are inserted into various points in the ear. This practice originated from China some 200 years ago. This kind of acupuncture is based on the belief that the body has a life force that is circulating in the body which is credited with initiating, controlling, and directing body functions.

Auricular acupuncture is performed to balance and adjust the flow of energy in the body, which helps restore health and facilitates the ease of pressure that causes pain. This procedure is commonly used to treat drug addiction and manage pain, and is even being utilized by the US military to help ease post-traumatic stress disorder.

Auricular acupuncture works along the same concepts as reflexology. This Traditional Chinese Medicine procedure works on the belief that every part of the ear represents a specific organ, and that any disease or deficiencies will manifest in the ear. Inserting needles into these points helps to stimulate and facilitate healing of many conditions.  

Ear seeds are another application of this treatment. Tiny metallic balls or mustard seeds are placed on the pressure point and then held in place with an adhesive. This practice allows the patients an easy press button that extends the treatment until the next appointment.

There are many studies and research that prove the efficacy of Oriental medicine treatment procedures. These natural treatments have been around for centuries and are still being used all over the world. Auricular acupuncture is one of the more easily accessible procedures; it is often used to help patients with chronic pain.

Pregnant women are the most enthused by the treatment, because of its natural and medicine-free aspect, and since pain medications can sometimes cause harm when taken during pregnancy. Ear acupuncture can help ease lower-back pain in pregnant women and has been found to release higher levels of endorphins, which help alleviate mental and physical pain

Pain management with ear acupuncture is a new concept in the United States. Many patients who have tried this treatment are convinced by the results. There are still a few aspects of this treatment that scientists are currently elaborating on, such as the mapping of the reaction after the insertion of needles, the effects of prolonged insertion of the needles, and other ways to achieve results for long-term application.

This treatment is not just for pain management. There have been studies and ear acupuncture practitioners that use ear acupuncture to assist individuals who want to achieve weight loss, manage addictions, quit smoking, reduce labor pains, and control stress and depression.

Although this procedure does not use modern medicine, it can be made to work alongside modern medicine, in order to enhance and facilitate the healing process. The minor side effect of the procedure is the temporary tenderness of the ear. Results usually last for 1 to 2 weeks. This is a treatment that you should consider if you are looking into an all-natural treatment for your condition.