Unique and different ways of treating a certain disease has been always provided to us by Traditional Chinese medicine. It doesn’t use any type of medication and is painless, safe and natural. The human body, in Chinese medicine, constantly strives to maintain harmony and balance with the environment. Negative energy in the body is constantly eliminated via the never-ending flow of positive energy throughout the body. This exchange always goes on in the whole body system to maintain balance. Sometimes, it is done through a different type of acupuncture called ear or auricular acupuncture.
Auricular or ear acupuncture is a form of Chinese therapy that focuses on the energy channels located in the outer ear. The whole outer ear is believed to represent the whole body system of a person that controls major activities of the ear as well as the organs of the body. Needles are inserted into the ear acupuncture points which are connected to the meridians of the entire body. The needles stimulate the nerves in the ear causing signals to be sent to the brain that in turn, activates the targeted organ. This activation boosts the organ’s function which can lead to the elimination of toxins, enhanced blood flow, and better muscle movement.
There are three theories that underlie the workings of auricular acupuncture. They include:
1. Delta reflex: According to this theory, the activation of ear acupoints stimulates the part of the body targeted for treatment. This leads to a rise in temperature in the target area and at the same time also causes a rise in the temperature of the outer ear.
2. Anatomical model: This theory states that the outer ear acupoint’s location can be analogous to an inverted fetus. Whatever messages are dispatched to the body areas also goes back to the outer ear thus making it a bidirectional movement.
3. The meridian concept: In this theory, energy circulates via fixed energy channels called meridians. The root cause of any disease is the rise of a blockage in the meridians. The needling of the ear acupoints generates a therapeutic effect on the energy channels.
Chinese medicine principles and methods have been adopted by the western world and just a few modifications have been made to these principles and methods in order to make them much more effective. Western medicine has developed auricular acupuncture into what is called Auriculotherapy. This type of acupuncture uses advance technologies to stimulate the ear acupoints without the use of needles, which thus makes it more appealing to a lot of people. Some of the things used in auriculotherapy to stimulate an acupoint include electricity, pellets, pressure, magnets, and laser. Auriculotherapy was developed by Paul Nogier, a French neurologist.
Auricular acupuncture in Reading is a treatment designed to balance your emotional and mental health. It can be used to treat insomnia, stress, depression, and anxiety. With regards to physical pain, this treatment is extremely effective in relieving or curing muscle tension, migraine, headache, back ache, and arthritis. Its association with the respiratory and digestive organs makes it an ideal treatment for bronchitis, asthma colitis, indigestion, constipation, etc. It is also a powerful treatment for alcohol, smoking, and chemical addiction. Auricular acupuncture can also be used to maintain balance in the menstrual cycles of women.
Auricular acupuncture is a specialized type of treatment that requires a special class of acupuncturists who are trained and has extensive experience in the use of this type of therapy. They know how to identify the two hundred or so acupoints situated in the auricle or outer ear. Precaution should be taken that during treatment the needle should never be inserted into the auditory canal that reaches to the inner ear. It can result in complete deafness to the person. Auricular acupuncture is usually administered on the pinna, which is the fleshy part of ear.