Auricular Therapy -
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect?
As with most therapies, auricular acupuncture treatment begins with a detailed assessment. This includes a brief review of your symptoms, but it focuses on the interference fields that may be triggering them. It is advisable not to plan any strenuous activity for a few hours after your treatment and have a light snack prior if experiencing hunger.
How are the ear points selected?
The points that need treatment are identified using either the pulse ( vaso- autonomic response), or an electronic device called a pointfinder. This device is used to detect increased electrical skin conductivity which is found at an electronically active point. Only a disturbance or pathology will show as an active point, making this treatment also a diagnostic tool.
Your ear tells the story!!!
How long is a typical treatment session?
While the first session requires a greater time for an intake and patient history, a typical treatment will last 30-45 minutes. The treatment time will be relaxing and stress relieving; you may fall asleep.
How many treatments are needed?
There is no set number of treatments for any health condition treated by auriculotherapy, but symptom
relief can often be immediate. With chronic conditions, it is important to uncover the root causes of your symptoms to clear the path for healing.
What does Auricular Therapy feel like?
We use very fine, sterile, disposable needles; an active point will be sensitive, but the sting or pinch only lasts for a second. There should be no pain or discomfort during the treatment itself. Some people feel sensations such as: warmth, tingling, heaviness or an electrical sensation from the needles - these are
I don't like needles. Can I still receive treatment?
Yes. The points can also be treated by electrical stimulation as well as Laser Treatment.
Is Laser Treatment just as effective as needles?
Yes, the active points of the ear are still stimulated, just in a different way. An advantage of Auricular Laser Therapy is that it is completely pain free.
How does it affect pain conditions?
Some scientists say that pain relief from Auricular Therapy comes from the release of endorphins into the blood. Endorphins are your body's natural pain relieving chemicals. They are created by your brain, but they are similar in chemistry to opiate drugs, like morphine. From a Traditional Oriental Medicine perspective, pain is caused by blockage of Qi (pronounced chee) energy. Acupuncture unblocks and balances this flow of energy or Qi.
How does it differ from body acupuncture?
Body acupuncture works with fixed meridians - channels which are exactly mapped and defined in the body, as well as fixed acupuncture points situated along these meridians. They can always be detected because they are always electrically active.
Auricular therapy is a specialized acupuncture "microsystem" of the entire human body, which involves diagnosis of electrically active acupuncture points, which are ONLY detectable if there is something wrong in the body. Many consider this to be an advantage that Auricular Therapy has over traditional body acupuncture.
How fast are results?
The range of responses is of course, varied. It is common that a patient suffering from severe pain will notice mild to marked reduction of pain after or even during the first session. This reduction in their pain experience can actually improve for the next several hours to weeks after treatment. Like any treatment, its effectiveness depends on the severity and/or duration of the condition treated, extent of damage, etc.
It’s important to understand that the goal of auricular therapy is to detect energy imbalances in your body… and “jumpstart” normal function.
Is there any reason not to have Auricular Therapy?
As with other forms of traditional acupuncture, there are few reasons to avoid auricular therapy. It is not reccomended to treat women who are pregnant, or to electrically stimulate the ear points of patients with a cardiac pace maker. Needles should not be used if a person has a bleeding disorder; however, electrical stimulation and laser therapy are viable options.
Auricular Therapy is not a replacement for necessary traditional medical care. It is a form of complementary medicine only.
Are there any potential side effects from Auricular Therapy?
Because tenderness of ear points is one of the primary diagnostic features of this method, soreness on the ear points can sometimes continue for a while after the treatment. Also, in the case of a chronic condition, one may experience a “retracing” of symptoms. In other words, in some cases a patient may feel their body going through symptoms that took place during a condition’s development—a reversal of symptoms, rather than an immediate pain relief. Remember that "Eastern" medicine seeks to trigger natural healing responses, rather than mask symptoms.
Can I Get Addicted to Auricular Therapy?
No. Auricular Therapy is a non-addictive healing tool that you can use in your healing, revitalization, recovery, and in your life. You may become ACCUSTOMED to the benefits that ear acupuncture offers and look forward to treatments much in the same way that people look forward to chiropractic adjustments, exercise, good nutrition, etc.