Being part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), auricular acupuncture was first mentioned around 500 B.C. in the TCM master book “Huang Di Nei Jing”, then developed by Dr. Paul Nogier, a neurologist in 1950s in France. It is a systematic treatment based on stimulating the external ear for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of various health conditions. The founder of auricular acupuncture discovered that each part of human body projects signals into a precise point of the external ear in an inverted anatomical orientation, which is to say the head is represented by the lower part of the external ear, while the feet are represented by its top. By marking a body part on each point of the ear, you can actually see a upside down baby. When a health problem occurs, there will be color and texture changes or even higher electrical conductivities and sensitivities on the corresponding point of the external ear. The practitioner therefore can locate which part of the body is affected by observing the changes, and then improve the condition by stimulating the point. The stimulation could simply be done by an acupuncture needle, a laser light beam, magnet balls or vaccaria seeds.
In present days, auricular acupuncture is widely used in the U.S. military to help soldiers deal with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) caused by being in combat.
Since auricular acupuncture has easy access by stimulate the external ear as the microsystem corresponding to every part of the body, many conditions can be treated using only a few very tiny needles in any kind of environment. Clinically, it is not only PTSD that can be treated using auricular acupuncture, but also other health conditions like chronic pain, drug or tobacco addiction, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, nausea and many more. Auricular acupuncture is a great treatment that can be used on top of regular acupuncture or by itself to achieve health and wellness.