Ear acupuncture is the insertion of very tiny stainless steel acupuncture needles into the ear to eradicate health problems. Sometimes we use ear seeds or ear pellets that are taped onto the ear. We ask patients to press on the ear seeds a few times a day for a prescribed number of minutes. Ear tacks or seeds can be extremely helpful for weight loss, anxiety, fear, and depression. We also commonly treat other issues like pain.
Known as auriculotherapy, auricular therapy, auriculo-acupuncture, or auricular medicine, the technique is an ancient one. Chinese physicians thousands of years ago first reported using the technique. French physician Dr. Paul Nogier, born in 1908, has done extensive research on utilizing the ear to treat disease. His son Raphael Nogier MD, carries on his research and offers classes and seminars.
Auriculotherapy is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on stimulating specific points on the external ear to promote healing and well-being. Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, auriculotherapy suggests that the ear is a micro-system that reflects the entire body. By applying pressure, heat, or tiny needles to these points, auriculotherapy aims to alleviate various physical and emotional conditions, including pain, addiction, stress, and insomnia. This non-invasive technique is believed to work by activating the body’s natural healing mechanisms and restoring balance to the overall energy flow. Auriculotherapy is gaining recognition as a complementary therapy in many healthcare settings.
Ear Acupuncture with James Whittle M.S., L.Ac.
Asheville acupuncturist, James Whittle has had extensive training in auricular medicine and uses it regularly in his acupuncture clinic in Asheville North Carolina. James trained in battlefield acupuncture by Dr. Richard Niemtzow MD and in many other ear modalities. He also received training from the son of the father of modern ear acupuncture, Dr. Raphael Nogier MD.
Ear acupuncture is extremely relaxing, enjoyable and completely safe. Plus, it doesn’t hurt and is a great acupuncture therapy for children. To learn more about ear acupuncture in Asheville, call the Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic for a free consultation: (828) 254-4405.