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Auriculotherapy: what it is, what it is for and how it is done

Auriculotherapy is a therapeutic technique, similar to acupuncture, which consists of applying small very fine needles, mustard seeds or magnetic spheres, to specific points on the outside of the ears, or auricle, to establish the energy balance of the body, helping to treat health problems such as anxiety, migraine or binge eating, for example.

This type of therapy originates from traditional Chinese and French medicine, and is based on the idea that the human body can be represented in the ear, in the shape of a fetus, and therefore each point refers to a specific organ. Thus, when this point is stimulated, it is possible to treat problems or relieve symptoms in that same organ.

Auriculotherapy is offered by the SUS as part of the National Program for Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC), and should always be performed by an acupuncturist, who is the professional best able to adapt treatment to physical and emotional conditions in an individualized way. However, it is important to emphasize that auriculotherapy does not promote healing and does not replace conventional medical treatment with drugs.

what is it for

Auriculotherapy is indicated to assist in the treatment of:

  • Pain from muscle sprains, contractures or strains;
  • Sciatic pain;
  • Anxiety or depression;
  • Insomnia;
  • Migraine or headache;
  • Food compulsion;
  • slimming;
  • Hormonal disorders;
  • PMS or menstrual cramps;
  • Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis
  • Flu or cough;
  • smoking;
  • liquid retention;
  • Urinary infection;
  • Respiratory problems such as allergies, asthma or bronchitis;
  • Heart problems;
  • Digestive problems;
  • Temporomandibular disorder.

In addition, auriculotherapy can also be used to treat high blood pressure, vertigo or palpitations, for example.

Auriculotherapy should always be used to complement conventional medical treatment and, therefore, should not replace the medicines prescribed by the doctor.

Main points of auriculotherapy

French auriculotherapy and Chinese auriculotherapy, despite consisting of the same technique, are very different, as each country has developed a different map of the ear with the specific points to be stimulated.

Points on the ear refer to a specific organ in the body, and therefore auriculotherapy can help treat various health problems, and should always be done by a doctor or other professional specialist in acupuncture, after analyzing the symptoms and defining the type of material can be used to stimulate the specific point.

How is auriculotherapy performed?

Before starting treatment with auriculotherapy, it is very important to consult an acupuncturist or a therapist specializing in acupuncture to identify the main symptoms and which organs may be affected.

After that, the doctor or therapist selects the most suitable points and puts pressure on the point. Pressure can be done using:

  • Filiform needles: are applied on the points for 10 to 30 minutes;
  • Intradermal needles: are placed under the skin for about 7 days;
  • magnetic spheres: are glued to the skin for approximately 5 days;
  • Mustard Seeds: they can be heated or not, and are glued to the skin for 5 days.

Stimulation of specific points in the ear to relieve pain or treat various physical or psychological problems, such as anxiety, migraine, obesity or contractures, for example.

In addition, auriculotherapy helps diagnose and prevent some diseases by observing specific points in the ear that are altered.

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