May 10, 2019 2 min read

Auriculotherapy or ear acupressure is a form of medical therapy based on the concept that the outer portion of the ear (also known as the auricle) represents our body's anatomy, though in an upside down foetal position. Auricular therapy is supported by the belief that the physical or mental condition of an individual can be affected by stimulating specific points on the ear lobe. A French physician Dr. Paul Nogier first reported the effects of auriculotherapy after a series of clinical trials. The approach that Dr. Nogier proposed was then brought into practice by Chinese paramedics across rural China as way of reaching remote locations for healing. Today, most of the text on auriculotherapy mentions either the Chinese perspective of ear acupuncture or the European tradition of auricular medication.

Mapping acupressure points initiates the process of auriculotherapy. A point of action (reflex point) is determined by applying pressure on the auricle that leads to an increase in sensitivity of a painful or troubled area.
Of the many ways to perform auriculotherapy, one is by applying seeds to generate an impulse that alleviates pathological conditions in other parts of the body. It involves retaining the seeds in the ear lobes via an adhesive tape (probe) for 3-4 days. The seeds are pressed three times a day to generate a hot or radiating sensation. As the seed creates continuous stimulation to the points, it is useful for chronic conditions, including diabetes, dry skin, pain, bronchitis, hypertension, fatigue, migraine, and incontinence. Auriculotherapy using seeds is a preferred choice among, children, elders, and pregnant women as it offers a non-invasive method of ear acupuncture and ensures fewer chances of contamination & infections.

Many physicians have accepted auriculotherapy as being potentially useful in cases of neurological disorders ideally for pain management. Auricular Medicine International now claims that auricular diagnosis can be used to aid different diseases by finding tender points in our ears and check how the affected area reacts to it.


By: Sayani Chatterjee

Guest Author and M.Sc. Biotechnology


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