What is Auriculotherapy ? 


✓ Relieves Nausea

✓ Reduces Tension, & Stress

✓ Controls Chronic Pain

✓ Reduces Hypertension

✓ Detoxification from Addictive Drugs

✓ Creates a Balanced Condition Throughout the Body

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Auriculotherapy, also known as reflexology of the ear, is a technique of using points on the skin of the auricle (external ear) to treat medical conditions of the body, also referred to as Auricular Medicine. Practitioners all over the world use this therapy to treat weight loss, stress, addictions and internal disorders with excellent results, whether used in conjunction with another treatment or by itself. Best of all, it is safe, non-invasive and has no known side effects.

HISTORY

Auriculotherapy has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Just as this ancient healing art defines acu-points on the body for treatment of various conditions, similar points are defined on the ear. In the 1950's, Dr. Paul Nogier of Lyon, France expanded the original Chinese charts into a more comprehensive system. Whereas the ancient texts showed only a few points for specific conditions, in Dr. Nogier's work the ear is seen as a “microsystem” of the entire body, and is mapped out in such a way as to accurately represent the body on physical and metaphysical levels. Much like a homunculus, a term used to describe sensory and neural pathways along the brain as mapped throughout the body, the ear is viewed as a representation of nearly every part of the body. In patients with chronic anxiety for example, auriculotherapy has shown anxiolytic effects similar to those provided by prescription medications. Unlike these medications however, auricular acupuncture does not tax the liver or put patients at increased risk of addiction or dependency. Much of Dr. Nogier's original work has been verified in numerous research studies, and both Chinese and European systems are based on his work.

USES

Auriculotherapy is used widely for:

  • Weight Loss

  • Stress Reduction

  • Addictions of All Kinds

  • Internal Disorders

  • Emotional Issues

  • A Host of Other Problems

Medical doctors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, and dentists alike routinely see excellent results from properly applied auricular treatments.

AURICULOTHERAPY IS A POWERFUL MEDICINE. Whether you’re looking for rapid addiction recovery, weight loss, stress management or health improvement, Auriculotherapy has achieved results for thousands of years—often more quickly and powerfully than any other treatments.

MARINO CLINIC’S TECHNIQUE

First we will discuss your health concerns and then I will treat.

We use one or more options to stimulate and treat acu-points on the ear depending on the patients objective and preference. Treatment options may include: seeds, metal pellets, very tiny 2mm acupuncture needles, or electrical stimulation. All methods are convenient, effective and powerful.

Many users report better results for weight-loss, stress reduction and addiction relief by combining acupuncture ear needles or electrical stimulation with the ear seed or pellets.

If we use the electrical stimulation it takes about 15 seconds per point. We also use Earseeds for long-term stimulation over several days. Appointments usually take about 30 minutes.

clinical studies

A 1993 study of 110 overweight people showed that patients receiving auriculotherapy in conjunction with body acupuncture lost an average of 10-15lbs and 3% body fat during the 3 months of the study, compared with 4lbs and 1.54% body fat reduction in the control group, who received only obesity medication.

In this same study, the participants’ triglycerides dropped by 67 points, compared with 38 points on average for the control group.

Another study demonstrated that auriculotherapy inhibits smooth muscle tone in the gastric wall.

A similar study in 1998 demonstrated a marked decrease in stomach peristalsis during auricular stimulation. The authors theorized that decreased peristalsis delays emptying of the stomach, thereby creating feelings of satiety earlier and for a longer period, and thus limiting appetite.

Another 1998 study of 42 patients receiving auricular treatment for 12 weeks demonstrated an average weight loss of 21 Lbs., as well as lower triglycerides and cholesterol. Patients reported an increased ability to discipline their eating under the auriculotherapy program.

A 2010 study of the effects of auricular acupuncture on appetite recruited 42 volunteers and asked them to rate their appetite and desire for food before and 30 minutes after auricular treatment. The results showed decreased appetite in the auriculotherapy group, as compared with the control group.