When you come in for acupuncture at REP Physio with Elmira, you may occasionally receive ear seeds (small round needles taped to the ear) along with your regular treatment. They are not used with every client but can be helpful in the treatment of migraines, headaches, smoking cessation, weight loss, or insomnia.
Auricular acupuncture is a form of acupuncture which focuses on the ear. Auricular acupuncture is based on a microsystem, where specific points on the ear are used to treat conditions anywhere on the body – similar to the way reflexology is used on the foot. These ear points correspond with organs, systems, or body parts. These points can stimulate body functions, affect the organs, and influence specific areas of the body. Auricular acupuncture can even be used for anesthesia purposes during medical procedures. Often it is used as a part of a protocol to help overcome drug and nicotine addictions and to detoxify the body.
During treatment, either ear seeds or needles may be used on or about the ear. Auricular acupuncture is often used as a way to extend the benefits of your regular acupuncture treatment. Seeds are placed on points that complement your acupuncture treatment and can be left there for up to 5 days. During this time, they should be pressed for a couple of seconds every few hours. This stimulates the points, helping prolong the effects of your acupuncture treatment until the next time you come.