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Traditional Chinese medicine has always given us different and unique ways of treating a particular disease. These methods are natural, safe, painless and do not include any medication. In Chinese concept body is considered to maintain a fine balance with the environment through the exchange of energy. A positive energy always flow through the body and eliminates the negative one. The whole body system works for this exchange only to maintain balance. One such method is the auricular acupuncture.

Auricular acupuncture is a Chinese concept which focuses on the outer ear for the treatment. Auricle part of ear is considered as a whole system that controls major activities of ear as well as other body organs. Auricle or outer part of ear contains several acupuncture points that are connected to the whole body. Here superfine needles are inserted in these points, insertion causes stimulation of points which generate signals, signals reaches to brain which activates the concerned organ. This activation increases the functioning of that organ by increased muscle movement, blood circulation and release of toxins.

The working of the auricular acupuncture is based on the three theories:

Anatomical model: this states that location of the auricular points on the map can be considered as of inverted fetus. Whatever messages are transferred to the body parts again reaches back to auricle thus making it bidirectional movement.

Delta reflex: this says that stimulation of points in auricle causes stimulation in the concerned body part. This causes an increase in temperature of that part and similarly body part causes increase in temperature of auricle. They both work as lock and key where auricular point acts as key of the lock of body organs.

The meridian concept: this is accepted in the Chinese medication. It believes that energy flows through fixed energy pathways called meridians. Any blockage in this path is the root cause of any disease so stimulation of auricular points has therapeutic effect on the meridians.

The western world adopts the Chinese method and principles and comes up with the same techniques with few modifications in the form of improvements. Auricular acupuncture using needles is a Chinese based concept but now western world have developed it in the form of Auriculotherapy. Here advance technologies are used to stimulate these acupoints in the ear without using needles like laser, magnets, pressure pellets, electricity etc. it was developed by the French neurologist Paul Nogier.

The auricular acupuncture treatment has various therapeutic effects on the whole body as it contains acupoints connected to whole body. It balanced mental and emotional status by reducing anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia. Different types of physical pain like arthritis, back ache, headache, migraine, muscle tension are reduced with this. Its connectivity with the digestive and respiratory organs helps in treating indigestion, colitis, asthma, bronchitis, and constipation etc. besides these; it is very helpful in giving away the habit of smoking and drinking. It maintains a balance in menstrual periods in women.

For auricular acupuncture there is a special class of acupuncturist who are experts for the ear muscles. These acupuncturists have complete knowledge about the two hundred acupoints located in the outer ear. A precaution taken during this treatment is that needle should be inserted into the auditory canal that reaches to the inner ear. It may cause complete hearing damage to the person so one has to be very careful during this process. It is specifically done on the fleshy part of ear also known as ear pinna.

 

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Though still controversial as an accepted treatment in Western medical science, acupuncture has a demonstrated place in the treatment of a number of physical conditions. Many patients have reported dramatic relief from complaints ranging from depression to tennis elbow and are firm believers in the healing power of acupuncture. These patients are supported in their claims by the World Health Organization that lists "diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment." The National Institute of Medicine (NIH) consensus of recent studies reports that acupuncture is a promising treatment for musculoskeletal conditions with substantially lower adverse effects of other accepted medical procedures.

The American Pain Society and American College of Physicians issued clinical practice guidelines in 2007 that list acupuncture as a therapy that should be considered for patients suffering from low back pain who have not responded successfully to other conventional treatments. Several studies have shown that the combination of conventional treatment with acupuncture is more effective than conventional treatment alone. The NIH reports that patients suffering from osteoarthritis pain, especially in the knee, are offered pain relief and improved function with acupuncture treatments.

One specialized type of acupuncture that has therapeutic benefits for the entire body is auricular acupuncture. Based on the Chinese concept that the auricle, or outer ear contains acupuncture points that correspond to different areas of the body, the stimulation of those points activates the increased functioning of that area of the body. The stimulation increases blood circulation, muscle movement, release of toxins, along with other beneficial effects. It has been shown to relieve musculoskeletal pain such as back pain, arthritis, and muscle tension. Enhanced muscle movement reduces strain and stiffness. Additionally, auricular acupuncture has shown to be a beneficial treatment for anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia as well as digestive disorders and more.

Auricular acupuncture should only be done by a specialist who has extensive training and thorough knowledge of the almost two hundred acupuncture points located in the outer ear. When done by such a specialist, auricular acupuncture is a safe, effective, and natural treatment without the adverse effects of drugs. When traditional Western medical treatments are ineffective or as a supplement to traditional treatments, acupuncture should always be considered as a viable option for the relief of pain. Millions have found relief from pain with acupuncture with clinical studies and major medical organizations now accepting and even advocating acupuncture as an effective treatment.

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