Ear acupuncture is also know as auricular acupuncture or as Auriculotherapy.
There are innumerable disorders which have the common symptom of pain. You may suffer from musculoskeletal ailments, headaches, pain from diseases and pain of any kind in any part of the body.
While pain killers help in the short term, they are not an alternative for long term chronic pain conditions. Pain killers often have their own side effects which many people want to avoid.
Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture is an alternative remedy, which is used for alleviating pain of various kinds and even chronic conditions. The outer ear has points which reflect various parts of the body. When the correct points are stimulated by acupuncture, the pain in that area will recede. This helps in normalizing dysfunctions in the body.
How does auricular acupuncture work?
A somatotopic map, which represents an inverted fetus, shows the points corresponding to parts of the whole human body in the outer ear. This map was created by Dr. Paul Nogier in the 1950s in Lyon, France, detailing 100 acupuncture points in the outer ear. He later came to be regarded even by the Chinese as the father of modern ear acupuncture. However, the Chinese have been using auricular acupuncture for thousands of years before this. Currently the map Dr. Nogier created and the original Chinese map are used together.
When the right reflex points are stimulated with needles, you will feel the pricking sensation. You will then experience pain relief in the original pain areas as well as any referred pain you may have. As you continue acupuncture sessions the periods of remission from pain will increase till you eventually get complete relief from pain.
The kinds of stimulation used:
Usually the acupuncturist will insert four to six needles which are left in place for about 20 minutes. An alternative to needles is Laser Acupuncture. The same therapy points are used … and you may notice a slight heating sensation.
It is not necessary that an acupuncturist needs to use needles. At times low powered lasers, or even seeds and pellets taped on the pressure point can afford the same benefits as needles.
Acupuncture is not a panacea for all ills. If you suffer from any painful condition, it is important to get a proper diagnosis and go through all the tests and investigations required. Some serious conditions are best left to conventional treatments. However, when you have a painful condition you should try acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment and for its complementary medical value.
Scientific research studies have shown the ear acupuncture affords pain relief in as many as 75 percent of the patients studied, so it is not some irrational or unproven treatment program. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been practices for thousands of years!
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