AURICULAR (EAR) THERAPY
Auriculotherapy is a health care modality whereby the external surface of the ear, or auricle, is stimulated to alleviate pathological conditions in other parts of the body. The discovery of this therapy is partially based on the ancient Chinese practice of body acupuncture, yet it is also derived from the discoveries by a French physician in the 1950s. Dr. Paul Nogier and colleagues demonstrated that specific areas of the external ear were associated with pathology in specific parts of the body. Many texts on the topic of auriculotherapy tend to focus either on the Chinese approach to auricular acupuncture or on the European practices of auricular medicine. Following my work at the UCLA Pain Management Center in the 1980s, the present text strives to integrate both Chinese and European styles of auriculo therapy.
Course Description: The ear is a map with reflex points like reflexology. The ear, likened to an inverted fetus has over 365 points. Auricular acupuncture can be used alone or reinforced with other therapeutic modalities. History, theory, point location, various techniques and function are explored including protocols for weight-loss, smoking, addiction, anxiety, etc. Learn the auricular anatomical map and landmarks, auricular anatomy, Chinese and Western theories, master and functional points, conditions and therapeutic protocols.