Acupuncture vs Auricular Therapy

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into various part the body (legs, arms, back etc) to promote health.   This 2000 year old medicine has origins in China and is based on the concept that energy or chi flows through the body in meridians or channels.  When the energy is not balanced in the body, various symptoms can come about.   The goal of acupuncture is to locate energy blockages and restore the proper flow of energy in the body through acupuncture needles.

Auricular therapy involves the stimulation of various parts of the ear to promote health.  This stimulation can be perfomed with needles, finger pressure, cold lasers or mild electrical current.  Although auricular therapy has some basis in Chinese acupuncture, auricular therapy has European origins and is approximately 55 years old.  In comparison to body acupuncture, auricular therapy has an embryological basis.  According to embryology, when an egg and sperm cell come together, 3 tissues are formed: mesoderm which reflects muscles, endoderm – organs, and ectoderm-neurolgical tissue.  Since these three tissues are present in the ear, the ear can treat the whole body. 

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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