Amanda Cox | Acupuncture Melbourne

Auricular Acupuncture

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.