What is Auricular Acupuncture? How does it work?
Modern auricular therapy is not, by its very definition, either traditional or Chinese. The use of the ear as Microsystem for the treatment of Bodily disharmony only became a Primary treatment methodology in the 1950s after the discoveries of Dr. Paul Nogier in Lyon, France. Through decades of investigation, Paul Nogier was able to map the reflex points on the auricle which resembles an inverted foetus.
To understand Auricular Acupuncture you have to imagine that the ears are like a switchboard connected to the brain. There are over 200 acupuncture points located on the ear. Auricular Acupuncture is a physical reflex therapy that is able to detect physical (somatic), physiological and psycho-emotional disturbances in the body which are then projected onto the external auricle. The treatment of ear points will then stimulate the brain which in turn will alleviate physical, physiological or psycho-emotional problems in the body. The rich network of nerve innervations allows energetic organ information to be conveyed through the nervous system between the corresponding parts of the brain and the specific anatomical area of the body. It cannot harm healthy parts of the body.
For auricular treatment, the Auricular Acupuncture points on the external ear are stimulated using various modalities e.g. Needles, Seeds etc.
Sterile, single use, stainless, disposable acupuncture needles or ASP needles are used.
The ear seeds (also known asVaccaria seeds) are non evasive pressure seeds. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape.
WHAT TYPE OF NEEDLES DO YOU USE?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A CONSULTATION?
Treatment time should be used to sit quietly, relax and reflect, or meditate. Do not smoke or drink coffee in the half-hour before and after treatment. Let the acupuncturist know if you have any (new?) health problems. Your initial visit will last for up to 90 minutes and subsequent visits for 30-60 minutes. The treatment triggers the release of natural body chemicals, including endorphin (en dor fin), which help reduce symptoms and increase relaxation. Generally, you will visit weekly to begin with and, as you improve, this will become less frequent.
During treatment needles are inserted and left in place for 30 minutes. A fresh set of pre sterilised needles is used for each patient so that treatment is completely hygienic. Usually patients feel at peace and relaxed during and after treatment.
Acupuncture treatment may produce rapid results but, often, may take longer, depending on whether the condition is chronic or acute. Usually, 1 session of acupuncture treatment per week covering a period from 3 to 10 weeks are recommended. In case of relapse or the occurrence of stress in your life, additional treatments may be required.
WHERE DO YOU PUT THE NEEDLES?
WHAT ARE THE REACTIONS TO ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
REACTION TO AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLING TREATMENT –
Most clients start to feel relaxed five minutes after the needles have been inserted. Before the needles have been removed they could also feel calmer. They should feel less irritable and be able to think more clearly. Sleep patterns usually improve. In the case of treating musculo-skeletal conditions, some 25% of clients will experience more pain for a short time, up to 24 hours after treatment, before feeling better (this usually occurs on the first treatment). We usually call this a ‘healing crisis’.
The Client is advised to drink a glass of water, fruit juice or green tea after each treatment as it can have a strong detox action.