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Auriculotherapy, also known as auricular therapy or ear acupuncture, is a technique which had its origin in Lyon, France. Auricular therapy incorporates the fundamentals of modern medical science based on neurophysiology and neurology, and concepts of traditional acupuncture. This technique is based on the idea that the entire body is represented on the auricle – meaning the outer portion of the ear and so the entire body can be effectively treated by applying stimulation on the surface of the ear.
Each area of the ear, according to auricular therapy is related to a different anatomical portion of the body. The human ear constitutes a large number of sites or points, which react in the presence of disease or injury on the other parts of the body. So applying stimulations on those ear points can bring about cure for all the diseases.
In this therapy technique the ear is thoroughly examined before carrying out the therapy, for identifying the exact problems on the other parts of your body. The treatment method involved is the placement of thin acupuncture needles or minute electrical pulses on the real acupuncture points on the outer surface of the ear to stimulate the points in the ear. This procedure is entirely pain free, and allows the patient to remain relaxed and comfortable.
Auricular therapy can be an effective treatment for those who wish to quit smoking as well as for other addictions, such as addiction to drugs and alcohol. This therapy technique can be also used in the treatment of arthritis, asthma, indigestion, migraine, urinary problems and nervous disorders. The treatment duration varies according to the disease and its seriousness.
Although this is an effective treatment method, it is not advisable for all. To be specific, patients with pacemakers, pregnant women, and patients undergoing homeopathic treatments are not advised auricular therapy.
Auricular therapy and acupuncture are free from side effects, particularly auricular therapy which makes use of electrical stimulation. And if the therapist strictly follows the guidelines of the Elector Therapy Association, it can be said that there are almost no negatives.
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Penha Cristina Mullett
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner