Ear seeds use the science of auriculotherapy, a form of traditional Chinese medicine, that uses stimulation of points on the outside of the ear to elicit a therapeutic response in another area of the body. Auriculotherapy is like reflexology for the ears. It uses points in the ears to affect change in the brain and the rest of the body. The signals are sent from the brain to the reflected area of the body being treated. By stimulating a specific point on the ear you can directly affect the digestive system. Dr. Nogier, known as the “father of auriculotherapy,” adapted this idea into a less invasive treatment. Sciatica patients received relief and he found there were a multitude of other spots on the ear that corresponded to even more body parts and could treat a variety of other conditions. He dedicated his life to the therapy.
Auriculotherapy can be performed during a standard massage treatment, however it can be used by itself as well. Ear seeds, a safe, pain-free, convenient, auriculotherapy treatment, are an excellent way to glean the benefits in the comfort of your own home. The ear seeds, crafted from the seeds of the vaccaria plant (alsoknown as a Pink, it is a cousin to the carnation plant) are secured to key acupuncture points on the outer ear with adhesive tape. They are also available in more fashionable upgrades like Swarovski crystals in clear and colored and 24K gold beads.
Once secured, ear seeds stimulate the points through light pressure over time. They seem to be more effective when they are pressed on several times a day for additional benefits. Vaccaria is known to balance energy, invigorate blood and further promote healing. The ear seeds stay in place for 3 - 5 days even through regular bathing and hair washing.
Ear seeds are commonly used, with much success, to aid patients in quitting smoking, losing weight, alleviating sciatica and decreasing stress. However, research indicates a whole host of other issues respond to auriculotherapy.
Due to the lack of side effects, safety and efficacy of treating illness with ear seeds, it can be an excellent choice for patients of all ages. Similar to acupuncture or reflexology, ear seeds not only treat certain conditions; they also balance the energy, or qi, and promote an overall sense of wellbeing.
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