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Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture:
Auricular (Ear) acupuncture is a form of acupuncture using the ear alone to treat disease.

Dr. Paul Nogier, a French acupuncturist and neurosurgeon who was the first to explore the ear both scientifically and according to Chinese medical principles, succeeded in re-introducing this virtually forgotten branch of Chinese medicine. His discovery of the physiological links of the ear to the human embryo sparked intensive research in Mainland China, which has led to further development in this field.

Traditionally, many ancient civilisations (ancient Egypt, India, ancient Greece, Medieval Europe and Arabic countries) have had their 'own' form of auricular therapy, which basically focused on the treatment of 'blood letting, scarification and massaging the ears' for treating such conditions in those days as various eye / visual disturbance, high blood pressure, sciatica and back pain.

The application of auricular acupuncture has practically 'no limits'. It's advantage is that is is relatively easy to apply and less time consuming compared to the more traditional or medical styles of acupuncture. Additionally, for the patient the convenience is that it is unnecessary to remove any clothing for treatment.

Due the intense research that this style of acupuncture has undergone, it has led to the discovery of approximately 200 points on the auricle itself.

Its full effectiveness is such, that modern auricular acupuncture has become very a sophisticated, scientific procedure, refined and perfected through research of modern scientists such as Dr. Nogier of France and many others from China.

Between Sessions
After the treatment the client may also be offered ear seeds or ear magnets. These are Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal seeds or special tiny magnetized metal balls, which come on a prepared piece of skin toned surgical tape. These are then taped onto the ear like a minute version of a band aid. The seeds are gently massaged by the client a number of times a day, whereas the magnets require no massage. This helps to prolong the rebalancing effect, or can be useful by itself.

Health & Safety
Needles used are sterile, single use, disposable to which I follow strict Health and Safety codes formulated by the BAcC (British Acupuncture Council) which will adhere to local laws. However, if you have any queries I won’t mind if you ask questions about health and safety issues at all.

How Does It Work?
According to Traditional Chinese medicine, the body’s vital energy, the Qi (bio-energy) flows through twelve regular channels, translated from the Chinese commonly as Kidney, Heart, Lung, Large Intestine, Liver, Pericardium, Spleen, Small Intestine, and eight extraordinary channels which connect to each other and the twelve regular channels. The aim of regular ongoing ear acupuncture sessions is to help rebalance the flow in the channels and therefore restore the body towards health.

As an additional factor, TCM views body and mind as an integrated whole, rebalancing the body’s Qi (bio-energy) therefore has an effect in calming the mind.


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