Ear acupuncture also known as auriculotherapy is a therapy based on the physical stimulation of the auricle (hence the name) using regular acupuncture needles, needles of prolonged effect (small pins) or laser beam.
It is a reflex therapy, which means that the stimulation of certain points on the surface of the ear results in nerve irritation in the specific parts of the brain. And because the nervous system controls the whole body, the stimulation of these points has a positive self-regulatory effect on organs and the whole organism. This is achieved because each region of the ear is assigned to a specific part (organ) of the body.
SMALL PRICK – BIG RESULT
Ear acupuncture brings very good results in the treatment of burnout and symptoms of chronic stress because it can:
- regulate the vegetative nervous system eg: when you have heart palpitations, blush or sweat too much
- reduce inflammation as it can provoke a vascular reflex that enables fresh, oxygenated blood rich in nutrient and anti-inflammatory substances to get to the ill organs, eg: when you suffer from hemorrhoids
- fight infections by changing the environment in which the pathogens live and prevent their multiplication. It can stimulate the production of various substances that contribute to the suppression of infection (interferon, cytokines) eg: when you get sick too often in the autumn-winter season
- stimulate the production of analgesic endorphins eg: when you have tension headaches or spine muscle pain which can also be accompanied by intestinal cramps
- alleviate or sooth neurotic states, depression, psychomotor agitation, sleep disturbances, tinnitus and other most common symptoms caused by chronic stress or burnout
In my practice, I use both: the regular acupuncture needles which are set for 20 minutes during the visit as well as the needles with the prolonged effect, which is the small pins (in plaster) that patient wears for 5 days. Depending on the symptoms, the therapy may require from a few to multiple sets of the needles.
Reference: Aurikuloterapia, Janusz Kołodziejczyk, Omnibus, 2011