By Khiuk Pui (Acupuncturist)
Have you heard about ear acupuncture, or Auriculotherapy? This technique was originated from China, and developed by a Frenchman, Dr Nogier in 1956. The modern auricular therapy is a micro-system acupuncture which uses ear for the detection and reflexive treatment of bodily disharmony via specific zones on the ear.
It has been proven that Auriculotherapy is indicated for the treatment of many disorders: pain, inflammation, endocrine metabolic and urogenital system problems, disorders of a functional nature, chronic and infectious-contagious diseases, etc. It is indicated in cases where the patient has a need for immediate pain relief, or when they have stinging, acute and chronic pains, mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, distress, lack of concentration, dizziness, stuttering, disorders of the autonomic system, or intoxication from drug, tobacco and medication use. Conventionally, auricular acupuncture employs semi-permanent or systemic needles as instruments to stimulate the points.
I usually apply both body and ear acupuncture in my routine practice to achieve a positive outcome as this combined techniques can make the difference between an effective and ineffective outcomes, auricular acupuncture can also be used as a stand-alone practice.