Did you know that there are 200 acupuncture points
within each of your ears! Used as part of Traditional
Chinese Medicine treatment, auricular acupuncture can be
used to treat a wide range of conditions – not just
addictions, as recent media reports have indicated. You
will probably be familiar with the way that reflexology
works, where points on the feet correspond to different
areas of the body. Auricular acupuncture works in a
similar way and allows all areas of the body to be worked
on via points in the ear.
Imagine your ear as an upside down foetus, and you
begin to get an idea of how auricular acupuncture points
are laid out. Each area of the ear corresponds to a
different area of your body – for example, auricular
points located around your ear lobe correspond to areas of
your head; auricular points located in the centre of the
ear correspond to your stomach and vital organs; and
points located at the top of your ear correspond to your
lower body and limbs.
There are also specific points dotted around the ear
that stimulate different functions of the nervous system.
The most commonly used of these being the spiritual point
Shen Men – used routinely to calm the mind.
To stimulate any auricular acupuncture point, tiny
needles can be popped into the ear in the treatment room.
Amanda also uses ‘Ear Seeds’ – tiny beads that stick onto
the skin surface with a little sticky cover. They stay in
the ear for some time after the treatment has finished and
allow the person wearing them to press them and keep
stimulating the relevant point.