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Auricular Therapy: An Alternative Healing Technique for Weight Loss, Pain, and More

written by: Rafael • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 6/20/2011

Auricular therapy is proving to be an effective and natural way to treat many issues such as addictions, weight loss, insomnia and many others. Learn about auricular therapy and its uses in this article.

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    Auricular Therapy: a Natural Way to Treat Many Disorders

    Auricular (ear) therapy is a form of acupuncture that consists of the insertion of tiny needles or small "ear seeds" in various external parts of the ear. Auricular therapy, commonly called “ear seeds therapy", has been used successfully to treat a variety of different conditions such as depression, insomnia and anxiety. In addition, it is said that auricular therapy helps people quit smoking, treats alcohol or drug addiction, soothes arthritis or back pain, reduces high blood pressure and can assist in the healing of many other health problems.

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    How Does it Work?

    childs ear-djeyewater-www.sxc.hu The exact way that auricular therapy works is not known. However, this technique has been successfully used since 1950 when a French doctor named Paul Nogier, MD, proposed specific sites, called points, on the ear that could be used to treat different types of diseases. (To view an "ear map please click here).

    Auricular therapy is a type of acupuncture, which is a well-recognized form of medical treatment in China and many other countries. One explanation of how auricular therapy may work (although not proven) is that the stimulation of certain nerves on the ear may send signals to the brain that will in turn generate a “response" to the part of the body to be treated. It may also stimulate a general bodily relaxation.

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    Treating Insomnia

    Auricular therapy has been used successfully to treat insomnia and sleep disorders. A review published by the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that “acupuncture may be an effective intervention for the relief of insomnia." The conclusion is based on the examination, review and evaluation of research papers published between 1975 and 2002 that used auricular therapy to treat insomnia. All the studies examined by this “review paper" showed that this form of therapy had “statistically significant positive results," meaning that auricular therapy has a significant effect on treating insomnia.

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    Weight loss

    Obesity is truly an epidemic in the United States and many other westernized countries are following in the steps of the U.S. in regard to the obesity issue. In a paper titled “Alternative Treatments for Weight Loss: A Critical Review" published in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 18 different alternative means of treating weight loss were examined. One of these alternative means was auricular therapy. Although the paper is very conservative about the results of auricular therapy on weight loss, it certainly gives considerable reason to believe that it is a plausible way to treat weight problems.

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    Alternative therapies may offer safe and natural ways to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Auricular therapy seems to be an effective and natural means of treating many issues such as addictions, weight loss, and insomnia among others. Research is slowly backing up this ancient and alternative form of medical treatment.

    More info:

    Effects of acupuncture therapy on insomnia

    Effectiveness of Auricular Therapy on Sleep Promotion in the Elderly

    Auricular Acupuncture in the Treatment of Cocaine Abuse A Study of Efficacy and Dosing

    The treatment of exogenous obesity employing auricular acupuncture.

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