Zones of the Ear correspond with the entire human body & brain areas

Auricular Therapy

Evidence based for pain, anxiety and addiction healing, Auricular Therapy uses acupressure, a type of finger acupuncture.  Acupressure is an ancient Eastern healing modality, used for diagnostic as well as healing purposes by acupuncturists and acupressure (Reflexology & Shiatsu) massage therapists. 


  • By stimulating specific acupressure points upon the ear auricle, through finger pressure, or needles or lasers,  pathological conditions such as addiction, insomnia, osteoarthritis, pain and other symptoms in  the body are alleviated. During Auricular Therapy treatments Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging reveals that when an area of the ear is stimulated, through touch, it shows up in the brain and relieves the pathological condition in the associated region the body. The ear has well mapped somatic representations that correspond to the brain.

  • Dr. Paul Nogier, the French neurologist pioneered Auricular therapy in both the East & the West, after he observed that the Chinese doctors mapped all of the known acupuncture points within the human body upon the ear! Nogier noted that by observing changes in the state of the ear tissue (increased tenderness and sensitivity,  stimulation, electrical conductivity, texture, veins, color, etc), the therapist could assess the health of the entire body. 

  • While auricular therapy can be used to address a variety of health conditions, it has been found to be particularly effective for depression, anxiety and pain relief. and the following imbalances :

  1. osteoarthritis

  2. migraine headaches

  3. pain and inflammation

  4. addiction cessation

  5. indigestion

  6. insomnia

  7. muscle spasms

  • With auricular therapy the results may be noticed almost immediately, although some people do not report improvement until a day or two after treatment.  Those experiencing auricular therapy almost always will report feeling extremely light,  deeply healed and relaxed afterward, as (according to 5000 years of Chinese medical research), the stimulation of auricular acupoints is intended to regulate qi, a source of subtle light within our bodies, which also clears, cleans and heals the meridian channels, a partially magnetic energy that flows through our body mind. 

  • Please note that because osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time, the sooner you start any treatment including auricular treatment, the more likely it is that you can lessen its impact on your life. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options to help you manage pain and stay active.


According to the research by doctors Alexander Kober, M.D. ;Thomas Scheck, M.D. ;Barbara Schubert, B.S. ;Helmut Strasser, B.S. ;Burkhard Gustorff, M.D. ;Petra Bertalanffy, M.D. ;Shu-Ming Wang, M.D. ;Zeev N. Kain, M.D. ;Klaus Hoerauf, M.D.

 Auricular Therapy as a Treatment For Anxiety the benefits of Auricular Therapy include:

  • A variety of chronic pain, insomnia, and lactation disorders have been successfully healed through ear acupressure/ auricular therapy. 

  • Auricular acupressure is an effective treatment for anxiety in prehospital emergency settings.

  • Auricular acupuncture at the relaxation point has been previously shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety in the preoperative setting. 

  • Considering that anxiety can potentially provoke major adverse physiologic responses, reduction of anxiety,  through auricular acupressure is clearly beneficial in elderly or coronary-impaired patients before hospital admission. 

  • *Stimulating a particular point with either a needle or pressure can activate small myelinated nerve fibres that send impulses into the spinal cord, midbrain, pituitary, and hypothalamus, causing a measurable release of endorphins into the blood.

  • Auricular acupressure transmits signals affecting our hormones. Various neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and possibly γ-aminobutyric acid are known to interrupt incoming stress signals in the central nervous system.

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