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Ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy

What is auriculotherapy?

Auriculotherapy originated from traditional Chinese medicine and was further advanced in the 1950s through the research conducted by French neurologist Paul Nogier. This therapeutic approach is based on the concept that the ear's outer portion, known as the pinna, functions as a microsystem that influences various organs. By stimulating specific points on the ear using acupuncture needles or other methods, it is believed to have a beneficial impact on the overall body.


*Please note that Amplifon does not provide auriculotherapy services.

What acupuncture points are in the ear?

Acupuncture points in the ear, also known as auricular acupuncture points, are specific locations on the ear that are believed to correspond to different areas and functions of the body. These points are an integral part of auriculotherapy.

Auriculotherapy divides the auricle into distinct zones, with each zone associated with a specific anatomical structure of the body and its corresponding condition. This mapping of the outer ear is thought to treat a range of conditions, such as obesity, anxiety, mild depression, insomnia, cigarette smoking addiction, alcohol dependence, and chronic pain management.

How does ear acupuncture work?

By applying specific stimulation to acupuncture points on the ear, using needles, pressure, or other methods, auriculotherapy aims to elicit a therapeutic response throughout the body. This technique leverages the interconnectedness of the ear with various organs, systems, and functions. It is thought that the stimulation of auricular points elicits responses that regulate the body's energy flow, restore balance, and enhance the body's innate healing abilities.

Exploring contraindications of auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy is generally safe and low-risk. However, contraindications vary depending on the instrument used. Acupuncture should be avoided for individuals with pinna lesions or abrasions to prevent infections. Other techniques may pose risks for pregnant women, individuals with pacemakers, and those prone to epileptic seizures.

Understanding the potential risks

  • Possible side effects of auriculotherapy may include:
  • Pain or discomfort in the ear near the stimulated areas.
  • Temporary numbness or a tingling sensation.
  • Inflammation of the ear.
  • Rare episodes of infection in the auricle.

It is important to note that these side effects are generally uncommon and often temporary. If any concerns arise during or after auriculotherapy sessions, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or the practitioner administering the treatment.

What is magnetic auriculotherapy?

Magnetic auriculotherapy is a specialized technique that utilizes magnetic balls applied to the ear with adhesive band-aids. This approach is well-suited for the ear's thin and responsive skin, providing convenient and targeted stimulation to specific points.

The scientific validity of auriculotherapy

While this therapeutic approach has been practiced for centuries and is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, it is important to note that, at present, there is a lack of scientific evidence or clinical studies that conclusively demonstrate the efficacy of auriculotherapy. However, it is worth mentioning that auriculotherapy continues to be utilized by practitioners and individuals seeking complementary and alternative treatments.

Ear acupuncture to lose weight

Some research suggests that auriculotherapy may stimulate the release of endorphins in the body, potentially reducing glucose buildup and aiding in weight loss. However, as mentioned above, there is currently no scientific confirmation within the medical community regarding this specific effect of auriculotherapy. 

What are the benefits of ear acupuncture

Ear acupuncture is believed to help with pain relief, stress reduction, addiction support, nausea relief, improved sleep, and support for mental health. However, it is now also being explored as an alternative treatment for hearing loss, tinnitus and ringing in the ears

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