Developed by Neurologists and Endorsed by the World Health Organization, Auriculotherapy is a safe, effective micro-current stimulation of nerve endings on the outer ears to help balance and/or normalize a range of physiological and psychological functions. This gentle electrical stimulation of the external ear is used to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body.
While originally based upon ancient Chinese Ear Acupuncture, the mapping of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear was first developed in modern France by Dr. Paul Nogier.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Auriculotherapy is often confused with ear acupuncture but it uses no needles, and instead of "meridians", it uses nerve connections. A micro-current stimulator is placed on reflex points on the outside of the ear. These points then send a message to the brain based on the location of the reflex point being treated. Most people feel only a tiny tingling at the ear reflex points during treatment.
Imagine your brain as a computer... Inside this computer is a "map" of the entire body. This map is projected onto the ear through the body's nervous system. Accessing the points on the map is like using a computer's keyboard or mouse to gain entrance into the system. With this system we are able to directly treat a number of problems and conditions through the "brain's computer".
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Auriculotherapy is used to stimulate the brain into manufacturing and activating "well-being" neurotransmitters such as endorphins and dopamine. The objective of Auricular Therapy is to reduce the cravings, and anxiety that drive a person to engage in self destructive or socially unacceptable behaviors. To be certified to treat patients with Auriculotherapy one must be a physician; a doctor of Medicine, Osteopathy, or Chiropractic and one must be licensed in his or her state for electro-stimulation modalities. Auriculotherapy is not acupuncture nor ear acupuncture and needles are not used. Auriculotherapy works directly to restore normal brain chemistry and facilitate healthy thoughts, behaviors and lifestyle.
THE EAR/BODY MAP
There are no "meridians" that cross the ear. There is however a rich network of nerve endings which travel from the skin of the ear through the cranial and cervical nerve roots and then back into the brain. The ear to brain connection is the shortest and most direct of any of the body's neurological "micro-systems" (a small representation of the whole body's anatomy).
Auriculotherapy is the only direct micro-system that can be used for both diagnosis and treatment. Iridology is the only other direct micro-system, but this can only be used for diagnosis. All other Microsystems such as foot reflexology and Acupuncture are indirect.
An Auriculotherapy treatment can take just minutes. You will be lying on your side or back with a comfortable pillow to support your neck. The practitioner will be running a small battery-powered micro-current device around your ear. You will hear a quiet, high-pitch noise coming from the Stim. When the practitioner treats an active reflex point that he or she has located, you may feel a sensation similar to a pulse or a pin-prick. This sensation will only last 30–60 seconds for each point treated.
Micro-current + Laser is used in preference to needles, acupressure, laser and other forms of current (e.g. TENS), as this best matches the natural frequencies of the nerves being treated. Hence Micro-current is attempting to normalize abnormal nerve activities. The advanced design of the instrument we utilize has the additional advantage of being able to locate the active reflex points, as well as treat them.
There are no known contraindications or dangers of Auriculotherapy. (For ultra-safety we do not recommend this treatment if you have a pacemaker or are in the first trimester of pregnancy.) The number and regularity of Auriculotherapy sessions will depend on the severity and complexity of the health problems being treated and the severity and number of active reflex points located upon examination.
Auriculotherapy can be used as a "stand-alone" treatment, but we have also found it extremely effective and complementary when combined with the modern Chiropractic techniques utilized in our practice.
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