Auricular therapy is a lesser-known type of acupuncture that focuses specifically on the ears. At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, in Miami, Florida, acupuncturists Wanyun Tsay, LAc, Kimberly Hickerson, LAc, and the caring team use auricular therapy on people of all ages, from teenagers to adults. To schedule your auricular therapy appointment, call the office or book online today.
Auricular therapy, or auricular acupuncture, is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that uses small needles to stimulate acupuncture points located on the ears and earlobes.
Each of your ears has more than 200 acupuncture points. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes a standardized list of 39 auricular points, but most providers focus on 10 “masterpoints.” Some of the points used in auricular therapy include the ear shenmen, point zero, and sympathetic.
Like traditional acupuncture, auricular therapy operates on the belief that your overall health depends on the flow of energy (qi) throughout your body. This energy uses invisible pathways, known as meridians, to travel.
Traditional Chinese medicine says that illness and pain occur when one or more of these meridians become blocked. Auricular therapy tries to ease uncomfortable symptoms and disease, by removing blockages and restoring the flow of qi. Traditional acupuncture targets meridians all over your body; auricular therapy only targets meridians on your ears.
At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, the team uses auricular therapy to treat a variety of common medical conditions, including:
The team also uses auricular therapy to complement weight loss.
At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, an auricular therapy treatment session begins with a review of your medical history and a one-on-one discussion. During this discussion, your acupuncturist asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing, your sleep habits, and your diet. They also ask you about your goals for treatment.
After gathering all of the necessary information, you sit down in a comfortable chair. Next, your acupuncturist carefully inserts a series of small needles into several acupuncture points on one or both ears. You might feel a slight stinging sensation at first, but the pain subsides quickly.
Once the needles are in place, you stay seated for 10-20 minutes. Following treatment, your acupuncturist removes your needles. There’s no downtime or recovery period, so you can return to normal activity right away.
To schedule an auricular therapy appointment at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, call the office or book online today.