With Auricular Acupuncture, or ear acupuncture, very thin needles are placed gently in the outer ear in order to treat symptoms of pain, anxiety, or other health conditions. Based upon the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, the discovery that parts of the body and brain correspond to specific (points on) the ear was first developed in France. Auricular Acupuncture helps people with relief of sciatic pain, insomnia, stress reactions, sinus pressure, allergies and more.
What is Auricular Acupuncture?
Auricular Acupuncture (also auricular therapy, ear acupuncture, and auriculoacupuncture) is the use of small needles placed in the outer ear with the intent to create change in the body or to relieve stress. The underlying theory is that specific points on the ear correspond to specific areas of the body and stimulating these points balances energy, allowing the body to heal itself.
Who Can Benefit?
Auricular Acupuncture is safe for everyone from infants to the elderly. In addition to improving general well-being, Auricular Acupuncture has been used successfully for nearly 80 years to treat a wide range of health conditions and ailments such as allergies, asthma, insomnia, pain, digestive problems, headaches, migraines, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, stress, anxiety, mood swings and heart problems, among others.
What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
While the first Auricular Acupuncture session requires greater time for an intake evaluation and patient history, a typical treatment lasts 15 to 30 minutes. With Auricular Acupuncture, acupuncture needles are inserted and left in place for approximately 20 minutes. The doctor will determine how many needles will be used and how long they will remain in place. Tiny indwelling needles may be appropriate for more chronic conditions and remain in place for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Dr. Cremin always partners with each individual to determine the appropriate treatment approach and length.
Practiced in China and other countries throughout Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is a commonly used complementary and alternative practice to western medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is considered a balance of two forces: yin and yang — the cold and the hot, the slow and the quick. Health is achieved when the body is in its balanced state. If there is imbalance, the qi, or flow of vital energy is blocked along meridians — or pathways. Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of conditions by unblocking qi by using stimulation by needles on specific points on the body’s pathways.
Our patients have realized relief from a wide variety of conditions as acupuncture has been proven helpful in the treatment of fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis, joint pain, lower back pain and more. In our clinical setting, acupuncture is a safe, hygienic treatment performed by our licensed practitioners who are experts in their field.
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