Auriculo (EAR) therapy is a technique of using points on the skin of the auricle (external ear) to diagnose and treat pain and medical conditions of the body. Also referred to as auricular medicine, auricular therapy and sometimes auricular acupuncture, practitioners all over the world use this therapy to treat pain, dysfunction, addictions and internal disorders with excellent results. Whether used in conjunction with another treatment or by itself, auriculotherapy is often effective when other treatments have failed. Best of all, it is safe, non-invasive and has no known side effects.
Auriculotherapy has been used as a form of health care for thousands of years in
multiple countries worldwide. Ancient records from China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia all indicate its use for a variety of problems. Whether the custom of wearing ear rings originated as a form of decoration or a form of health care is still an interesting and open question.
Auriculotherapy is a natural complement to many types of healthcare practice, including acupuncture, chiropractic, western alopathic medicine, naturopathy, physical therapy and psychotherapy. It offers the advantages of being relatively easy to learn, quick in practical application, and helpful for many health conditions, both physical and mental. It is clinically convenient because it does not require a patient to disrobe or lie down, and in fact can be applied in nearly any setting or situation. Because any body part can be treated from the ear, even inaccessible body parts can be effectively addressed. For example, a limb that is in a cast can be treated without direct access to the limb.
Auriculotherapy is used quite commonly in treating addictions. It has received considerable press attention in this venue. In fact, many addiction treatment programs incorporate auriculotherapy as a cornerstone of treatment. Whether the addiction is to alcohol, street drugs, prescription medications, nicotine, or food, auriculotherapy is often helpful and occasionally miraculous.
Behavioral addictions like sex, theft, gambling and thrill seeking are also successfully treated with auriculotherapy.
Thanks to the efforts of retired Col. Richard C. Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, the U.S. military has taken an increased interest in auriculotherapy for rapid pain relief in emergency situations. Dr. Niemtzow’s Battlefield Acupuncture technique is a quick, efficient and simple protocol used with great results since its inception in 2001.
The only known side effects of auriculotherapy are all positive: enhanced mood, better sleep, decrease in non-related symptoms and better treatment compliance.