Ear acupuncture, or auricular acupuncture, is a common treatment technique used by our practitioners at Back On Your Feet. Ear acupuncture treatments can be effective for different conditions such as stress relief and pain relief. Used alone or combined with acupuncture, ear acupuncture is convenient, easy to access and painless.
What is the theory behind ear acupuncture?
Despite its existence for many hundreds of years, the acupuncture points in the ear was only completely mapped out by a medical physician named Dr Paul Nogier. Through his years as a practicing physician, Dr Nogier observed a strong correlation between the ear and the nervous system. In particular, he observed a connection of certain spinal nerves when stimulating specific areas on the ear. More interestingly, when looking at organ and body connections in the ear as a whole, one can not help but notice that the ear seems to represent an inverted foetus.
What conditions can ear acupuncture help with?
Since the introduction of ear acupuncture, there has been many interest by acupuncturists and medical researchers in this area due to its cost effectiveness, efficacy and ease of use. The conditions that ear acupuncture has shown to be effective are:
- Stress and anxiety management: many studies over the past decade have been investigating the efficacy of ear acupuncture and reducing symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms that were alleviated using this acupuncture technique ranged from insomnia to pain and tension, which helped to improve overall quality of life. As a result, ear acupuncture is highly ideal for patients who live highly stressful lives and want to manage their stress levels naturally.
- Pain management: due to the ear’s connections to the body via the nervous system, ear acupuncture has been beneficial in reducing chronic and acute pain. More specifically, ear acupuncture can help those suffering from:
- Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ Pain)
- Post-Herpetic Pain
- Arthritic/Joint Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Period Pain
- Gynaecological conditions: stimulating certain ear acupuncture points can help manage gynaecological conditions due to their connections to the uterus and other organs responsible for menstrual health. These conditions that can be improved by ear acupuncture include:
- Premenstrual Tension (Pmt)
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Heavy Or Scanty Bleeding
- Female Infertility
- Period Pain
- Immunological conditions: whilst conditions such as allergies and autoimmune diseases can not be treated, the severity, duration and frequency of these conditions can be managed by regular ear acupuncture treatments. Examples of immunological issues that can be moderated by ear acupuncture include:
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hay Fever
What is involved in ear acupuncture?
The initial consultation is crucial in determining the underlying cause of your primary complaint, and involves a combination of questions and physical assessments. These findings will be relayed to you, the patient, together with a detailed treatment plan and advice. The ear acupuncture treatment involves inserting fine, sterile needles into certain acupuncture points on the ear and are retained for 20 minutes. After the treatment, your practitioner may also decide to use ear acupuncture tacks. A tack is made up of a small band aid and in the centre is a short and fine needle, which is left in your ear for up to five days. These tacks are sterile and safe to retain and pose no infections. Our acupuncturists recommend using ear acupuncture tacks to optimise treatment benefits.
Who can I see for ear acupuncture at your clinic?
We have two nationally registered acupuncturists: Gloria Nguyen and Jeannie Kim. Both acupuncturists are registered with most health insurance companies.