What is auricular therapy?

Basically, this is a type of therapy in which varioius parts of  the ear (auricle) are stimulated.  The stimulation can be done with acupuncture needles, low level laser devices, manual pressure and mild electrical stimulation.   Auricular therapy has been practiced by many cultures throughout the ages.  In ancient Greek/Roman times, the stimulation of the ear was known to help conditions such as sciatica, and sexual dysfunction.   In ancient Persia, sailors used to pierce the center of the ear lobe to enhance vision while sailing at sea.  Many people assume that auricular therapy has Chinese origins since the ear can be stimulated with needles and needles is part of Chinese acupuncture.  But much credit must be given to a French neurologist, Dr.Paul Nogier for shedding much light on this fascinating in the last 50 years.  Dr.Nogier spent much of his time researching the unique relationships between the ear and the human brain.  He was able to show how the ear reflects an inverted fetus and that tender parts on the ear relate to tender areas/painful areras on the body.  Auricular therapy can help treat many chronic conditions – pain, fibromyalgia, allergies,asthma, menopausal symptoms, insomnai, fatigue  and much more.  The beauty of auricular therapy is that the whole body can be treated through the ear without having the patient having to ungown and the results can be immediate. 

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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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