Ear Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine based on the idea that the ear is a micro system of the entire body represented on the auricle. Such method of treatment was recorded as early as 500-300B.C. in the book Neijing. In TCM it is believed that the ear is not a separate organ but closely connected with channels and Zang Fu organs.
Clinically, diseases of various parts of the body can be treated by needling the corresponding auricular points, which in turn may promote free circulation of QI and blood in channels.
As a comprehensive system of diagnosis and treatment, however, ear acupuncture is of recent origin. A French physician - neurologist Paul Nogier first drew serious attention to the correspondences between specific sites on the auricle and other parts of the body in 1957.
After years of careful observation relating points of tenderness, reduced electrical resistance and morphological changes in the ear, more than 200 points were maped on the auricle.
Auriculotherapy may be combined with ordinary acupuncture to enhance therapeutic effect.