Ear acupuncture – also called Auricular Acupuncture – has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and is helpful in bringing relief to a range of conditions.
There are as many as 200 acupuncture points on the outer ear, each point named generally after areas of our anatomy: mouth, stomach, liver, heart, lungs and so on.
The ear acts like a switchboard to the brain and each point triggers electrical impulses, from ear, via the brain, to the area of the body being treated.
Patients can be treated with needles and/or ear seeds (including magnetic balls or plant seeds) applied to the ears. The seeds can be left in place to stimulate the acupressure points and allow them to benefit from the effects of acupuncture after they leave the clinic. The patient can rub these seeds when they feel a re-emergence of their symptoms.