Ear acupuncture or auriculo therapy

Ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy

Are you looking for support to quit smoking? Want to lose weight but can’t stop snacking? Or are you curious about what ear acupuncture can do for pain or mood swings?

Auriculotherapy is also used for complaints such as fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, and mental-energetic problems like burnout or depression. During an auriculotherapy session, small needles are inserted into the ear, hence the name ear acupuncture. But it can also be done without needles: a tiny electric current can be delivered using an electronic point finder. This electric prick is almost imperceptible. Auriculotherapy is suitable for all ages and non-invasive (without needles), as there are no side effects.

Our ears are like a map with countless reflex points corresponding to various functions of the body, senses, and brain. When these points are treated, they immediately send a signal to the body. A needle in the right spot works directly through the brain and nervous system to the body. The illustration shows points corresponding to specific body parts. These reflex points can provide relief from pain in the musculoskeletal system.

There are also points with an endocrine function, which influence glands and the hormone system. Other points affect the psyche and are chosen for mood swings or addictions.

I use auriculotherapy as an addition to my acupuncture consultations. When I insert the needles into your ear, I can extend the effect of the treatment. The tiny needles are almost imperceptible. They are covered with a small bandage and can remain in the ear for several days to a week. At home, you can easily remove the needle by taking off the bandage. It’s a form of acupuncture that is very subtle and works deeply.

Ear Acupuncture for Pain and Addictions

An auriculotherapy session will provide immediate relief for pain. This is noticeable right after inserting the needles. If you want to quit an addiction, whether it’s nicotine, alcohol, sugar, or other substances, it’s important to realize that you need to have the motivation. Ear acupuncture can support you by reducing the stress of cravings. Retention needles are placed on points that suppress the craving for nicotine, alcohol, or drugs. There are also points that can reduce hunger. We also keep track of increased nervousness or irritability and provide support if you need more perseverance.

Auriculotherapy is used for many complaints such as fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, and mental-energetic problems like burnout or depression. The treatment complements my acupuncture consultations. Together with you, I not only look at what is most suitable but also what has the greatest effect on your complaint.

Indications for Auriculotherapy:

  • Pain relief
  • Addiction issues
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Digestive complaints
  • Lung and skin conditions
  • Various allergies
  • Headaches or other head complaints
  • Nervous system issues
  • Mental-emotional disturbances
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Gynecological and obstetric issues
  • Urogenital problems

History of Auriculotherapy

Compared to Chinese acupuncture, auriculotherapy is a relatively young form of therapy. It was developed in the 1950s by Dr. Paul Nogier, a French neurologist. His patients told him they had been helped by a local naturopath who treated their back pain by inserting a hot needle into the ear. This technique is called cauterization and is not one I use.

Since patients benefited from this ear treatment, Nogier wanted to understand its working mechanism. He was the first to systematically map out how auriculotherapy works. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are only a few acupuncture points in and around the ear to treat opiate addiction and other issues. Nogier developed a precise map of the reflex zones on the ear and is thus the founder of auriculotherapy.

In the ear, pain and disturbances in the body can be diagnosed by probing with an (electronic) point finder. You quickly notice which points are sensitive. On the sensitive spots, I place a small needle to relieve the complaint. Many aspects of the body and brain functions are reflected in the ear. The reflex points in the ear are only sensitive if there is a disturbance, such as pain, illness, sadness, or fatigue.

Make an Appointment

Many of your complaints can be treated with auriculotherapy. I use auriculotherapy as a complement to acupuncture treatment. During a session, I always take the time to explain what I do and why. Do you have a question or want to make an appointment? I’d be happy to help.