What is Ear Acupuncture?

By examining individual reflex zones on the ear it is possible to identify precisely where in the body the pain is located-or which of the organs are affected if the origin of pain is unclear. Certain disturbances in the body which can delay, or even prevent, the healing process can also be located.

At first glance, such a focus has nothing to do with the disease process itself and is often not even noticed by the patient. However, these foci can have such a negative effect on the body that it becomes prone to falling ill. In addition, they can prevent a pre-existing disease from responding to conventional therapies so that the body cannot get rid of it.

Focal disturbances may originate in dead or putrid teeth, chronically inflamed maxillary sinuses, inflamed tonsils, and all other inflammations. Every scar may develop into a focus, but it does not necessarily, do so.

By examining the ear reflex zones, a specially trained Registered Acupuncturist can determine very precisely whether any scar (and which one) has become a focus. He/she can also determine whether there is an inflammation or toxic load somewhere in the body (mercury load due to amalgam fillings).

Successful healing is only possible when an existing focus is included in the treatment.

Imagine spending your entire life unable to read in a moving car. I was always taking Gravol to be able to get through a road trip or plane ride. I always had to be nearest the window and even then I would still feel sick, sometimes even with the Gravol I would feel sick and then there was always the drowsy symtoms to follow. Finally now at the age of 40 I am able to enjoy a book while on the road and read a map in the moving vehicle and many other things I would never been able to enjoy, thanks to acupuncture! I was never one to believe in this type of healing medicine always turning to the conventional remedies, no more! I would highly recommend acupuncture for motion sickness, aches and pains, different levels of anxiety and muh more….Thanks KIM!!!

Gwynne F., Duncan

Examination is carried out by measuring voltage differences on the ear surface. Individual ear points that represent specific parts of the body are checked for electrical changes. Thus, the auricle can be regarded as the body’s own diagnostic centre because an ear point corresponding to a body part can only be detected when the part in question is disturbed. For example, an electrical change at the Liver Point on the ear indicates a disturbance of the liver.

Treatment is performed by needling the respective points on the ear and, if necessary, also on the body. Children are usually not needled but treated with laser.

All signals induced by ear acupuncture travel through a specific part of the brain, the diencephalon, to the corresponding body parts. The body parts strictly obey these commands because they come straight from the brain. Thus, ear acupuncture takes advantage of the human body’s own control centre, namely, the brain.

All diseases that can be traced back to a disturbed (rather than destroyed) organ function can be treated by ear and body acupuncture: migraine, insomnia, depression, addictions, indigestion, autonomic symptoms, rheumatism, and most conditions of pain (such as tennis elbow, pain in the shoulder, back pain, neck-shoulder pain).

I thought I had been experiencing hot flashes for a few years, but to my dismay, four months ago, they intensified to the point where they completely disrupted my sleep and my daily activities. I would have one every 20-25 minutes around the clock. I did not want to use hormone replacement, so I decided to try acupuncture. After only 2 treatments, my symptoms have disappeared, and to this date have never returned. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone suffering with hot flashes.

Denise Basso, Lake Cowichan

Some patients feel immediately relieved, others need several days (about four to five treatments) before they notice an improvement. Some people feel as if they were walking on air after the treatment, and almost all feel very relaxed afterward.

Of course, it is impossible to treat destroyed structures, such as a tooth destroyed by caries. Likewise, a hip joint disease cannot be undone. However, acupuncture treatment can increase blood flow to the joints and thus alleviate the pain. Acupuncture cannot dissolve biliary or renal stones nor can it heal a fractured bone, but it can alleviate pain after surgery.

As an emergency measure, acupuncture may be used with conventional medical treatment in the following cases: pain in the heart, biliary colic, renal colic, toothache, asthmatic attacks.Body acupuncture and ear acupuncture are both effective forms of treatment and do not have any risks or side effects, provided they are performed properly. However, they should only be performed in connection with clinical diagnostic procedures carried out by a physician.