We’re here to talk about Ear Acupuncture and why it’s one of our favorite remedies at our brick & mortar in Richmond.
What is Ear Acupuncture?
You’re probably familiar with traditional acupuncture. Based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, acupuncture is all about allowing Qi, or natural life force to flow. Acupuncture was developed in China in 500 B.C.
Over the years, acupuncture has been further explored, developed, and changed.
The modern research of ear acupuncture is credited to Dr. Paul Nogier, who some call the “Father of Auriculomedicine.”
Now, we know acupuncture as a whole is based on 12 meridians, 6 yin, and 6 yang. This is then replicated in the ear as a microcosm.That’s why our founder Jelena loves it, “The ear, is a microcosm of the entire body. You can essentially have a full acupuncture treatment just by needling the ears,” she says.
How Does Ear Acupuncture Work?
The ear has 200 acupuncture points, which is a lot!
The ear is also filled with tiny blood vessels. These blood vessels are stimulated during treatments, which carry more oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body.Ear focused acupuncture is formally called auriculotherapy and has been used to treat and work on many areas of a person’s health.
Ear Acupuncture is used to treat pain relief, recovery, anxiety, digestive issues, and weight loss, among other points. We love ear acupuncture because it regulates the body’s nervous system.
Ear Acupuncture Points
Some of the most popular points and beloved points in the ear are Heart, Shen Men, and Point Zero. These are a popular combination for relaxation and pain reduction.
The Heart point calms the mind, boosts joy, and eases anxiety. Shen Men is translated to the Spirit Gate, which is considered a sedative point. Point Zero is grounding and centering point.
Ear Needles vs. Ear Seeds
Additionally, acupressure is a potent practice if you’re not a fan of needles. What’s the difference? We also love ear seeds. Ear seeds are completely non-invasive, and simple will stick to the acupuncture points that are focused on during auriculotherapy.
What to Expect at an Ear Acupuncture Session
What can you expect when you attend an Ear Acupuncture session?Appointments and practitioners vary, however, when at Boketto, we will first check in with you about your medical history and overall wellness, and then while seated, one of our practitioners will place the needles on the acupuncture points.
You’ll rest quietly for around 15 minutes, which is when the needles will be removed by the acupuncturist, a painless experience!
We’ll be offering free ear acupuncture each Saturday this month (December 2020) from 12-6 pm at our location on Vine St so come by, and take a moment with us.
To book a full acupuncture session and learn more visit our services here.