Auricular Therapy, or Auriculotherapy describes the treatment of addictions, pain, muscular skeletal disorders, and a broad range of medical conditions with the application of low energy laser, massage, or acupuncture needles to specific locations on the ear.
Auriculotherapy and its key extension, Auriculomedecine, was discovered and developed by a French doctor, Dr. Paul Nogier, who worked extensively in the field of ear acupuncture. In the early 1950's, he determined a somatotopic presentation of the inverted fetus in the ear, whereby the parts of the anatomy of the fetus correspond to specific zones of the ear.
This discovery spawned a lifetime of continued research from small reflexive treatments, initially for Sciatica, to various powerful therapies that can identify, and treat specific body systems and dysfunctions from dental neuralgia to smoking and substance use.
The stimulation of the auricle of the external ear is utilised to alleviate negative health conditions in the body by locating the active (pathological) points in the ear using the Auricular Cardiac Reflex. This is similar to locating pulse points in Chinese medicine which are the determinants of illness or disturbance the Chi, or natural body energy.
I use Auricular Therapy for Substance Use and Drug Detoxification, Nervous Drinking, Smoking Withdrawl and Weight Control and within the first session, clients feel their cravings lessen. The recommended treatment for drug or smoking withdrawal is at least six sessions within the first month, with a fortnightly or monthly top-up.