What is Ear Acupuncture?

Auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture is a health care modality where the external surface of the ear, or auricle, is stimulated to alleviate pathological conditions in other parts of the body. The discovery of this therapy is partially based on the ancient Chinese practice of body acupuncture, yet it is also derived from the discoveries by a French physician in the 1950s, named Dr Paul Nogier.

Auriculotherapy works because many of the nerve endings in the ear connect to hormonal parts of the brain and organs within the body by a vast pathway called the reticular formation. The reticular formation is a set of interconnected nuclei that are located throughout the brainstem and travel to almost all areas of the brain. Neurons of the reticular formation play a crucial role in maintaining behavioral arousal and consciousness, regulating the cardiovascular system, pain modulation, and stress responses. Each specific spot in the ear connects to and treats a specific area in the body.

In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is based on the theory that your health depends on the flow of qi (energy) in your body. This energy travels along invisible pathways, known as meridians, that are found throughout the body and on the ears. According to TCM, a blocked or disrupted flow of qi can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health. Acupuncture aims to restore the flow of qi by resolving any blockages or disruption. Ear acupuncture can treat numerous conditions. Ranging from stress, anxiety, and insomnia, to digestive issues, back pain, thyroid abnormalities, fever, appetite control, smoking cessation, emotional disorders, hypertension, headache, toothache, etc.

Ear acupuncture can be performed either by the insertion of tiny needles during an acupuncture treatment in a practitioner’s office or metal ear seeds can be applied to acupuncture points and the patient can self stimulate them at home when needed. This is done by applying pressure to the seeds with a circular motion for one to three minutes. Ear seeds may fall off on their own after a few days. It’s not recommended to leave them on for more than five days.

At Innovate Acupuncture, many times auricular needling is a standard part of a regular body acupuncture treatment. Many times I send patients home with auricular press tacks so that they can continue working on their conditions over the next 3-5 days. If you’d like to try just an auriculotherapy treatment just choose that option on the online booking page. You’ll have the choice between traditional press tacks or the new Ear Bling option with Swarovski Crystal covered press tacks in a variety of color options! Call 303-506-1043 today for an appointment or schedule online at

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