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What is Ear Acupuncture and How Does it Work?

Most people have heard of the traditional treatment called acupuncture. Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate points on your body. While regular acupuncture includes the ears, there is actually a special type that focuses on the ears called auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture.

While acupuncture is an excellent treatment option for many common ailments, auricular acupuncture does an even better job of addressing certain health issues.

How can it help you?
In this post, we will explain more about ear acupuncture and how it works. Read on to learn more!


Ear Acupuncture

Ear acupuncture works much the same way as traditional acupuncture, except it involves placing the needles only in points around the ear. Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world and originated in China. Tiny needles are inserted into specific points in each ear, and each point corresponds to organs. The goal of auricular acupuncture is to normalize the body’s dysfunction by stimulating certain points in the ear.

The five points of auricular acupuncture are:
● Autonomic point: calms the nervous system and increases relaxation.
● Shen Men: reduces nerves and anxiety.
● Kidney Point: heals internal organs and calms fears.
● Liver Point: detoxifies and purifies the blood.
● Lung Point: promotes aeration.

How Does it Work?
Similar to traditional acupuncture, auricular acupuncture is based on the concept that your qi (chee, or energy) impacts the health of your body. Blocked or disrupted qi has negative consequences on your mind and body. Acupuncture seeks to restore qi and resolve and disruptions by targeting certain points. Acupuncture is one of the oldest practices in the world and scientists cannot fully understand the positive effects it shows.

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Benefits of Auricular Acupuncture

It can help with many different health concerns. Some of the main issues people use auricular acupuncture to treat include:
● Insomnia
● Weight loss
● Chronic pain
● Substance use disorder
● Migraines
● Anxiety
● Chemotherapy side effects
The Yale Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATU) offers five-point ear acupuncture to all of its clients, and many of the clients have seen incredible results by adding it to their treatment regimen. According to Katurah Bryant, RN, MFT, Associate Director of SATU auricular acupuncture  is, “not a cure for addiction, but it is one tool in the tool belt for recovery that we’re trying to get clients to establish for themselves.”

Book Your Ear Acupuncture Appointment

Experience the relaxing, anti-anxiety qualities of acupuncture as well as its many other benefits today. Integrative Family Wellness Center in Smithtown, NY offers the best ear acupuncture services in Long Island. Learn more about our acupuncture services or schedule your appointment by contacting IFW HERE