In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ear is looked at the same way a reflexologist looks at the sole of a foot. Auriculoacupuncture is based on the idea that the ear is a micro system, which reflects the entire body, represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. stimulating different areas of the ear with needles can effect specific organs or body systems.
Discoloration, dryness, or redness in certain areas of the ear are some of the ways the ear indicates how the associated organ is functioning. Diagnosis of the ear can allow insight into where there may be weakness or illness in the body.
Auricular therapy is well-known to treat addictions including smoking cessation, drug and alcohol addictions, and food cravings, to assist with weight loss.
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) is a protocol used around the world to help individuals recover from substance abuse and addictions, solely through the use of ear acupuncture.
Ear points are also often be used when treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, anxiety, and depression. Studies have found that acupuncture can assist in balancing serotonin and noradrenalin levels. Pharmaceutical medication for depression and anxiety often control the re-uptake of serotonin and the body's noradrenalin levels, but this can cause dependency and withdrawal symptoms. With acupuncture, we allow the body to stimulate their own responses and allow the natural balance of these neurotransmitters.