Auricular Acupuncture - A guide to Hearing Loss

Acupuncture is a form of complimentary therapy in which the ear is divided into a series of ‘pressure points’ which are used to treat a number of diseases of the human body.

Many people think of acupuncture as ‘sticking needles into the body’but this is a precise form of treatment in which the ear is viewed as a ‘mini map’of the body: and each acupoint corresponds to a particular part of the body, for example the stomach. The needles used are only inserted into acupoints on the outer ear, NEVER the inner ear.

There are around 200 acupoints (acupuncture pressure points) around the outer ear.

The idea is that these needles transmit electrical signals to the brain which stimulates this into healing any number of diseases or conditions.

What ear conditions can they treat?

Proponents of this treatment argue that it can help conditions such as tinnitus, sinusitis and excess ear wax.

Plus the ear is in an ideal place to enable electrical signals to travel from the ear to the brain where they can interfere with pain pathways and relieve that and any discomfort. The theory behind this is that we all have channels of energy which run through the body but if any of these become blocked (or ‘unbalanced’) then that leads to a disease or illness. What acupuncture does is to restore an even balance of energy around the body which results in good health and well being. Acupuncture, along with other forms of complimentary therapies has divided opinions. There are people who swear by its efficacy but others who feel that it is not grounded in any scientific theory and should be approached with caution.

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