combination of the Greek word therap: to use/to care for and the Latin word auricula,ae: ear (outer)
Auriculotherapy is a reflexotherapy (such as acupuncture, for example), where the practitioner uses precise points on the flat of the ear to stimulate different parts of the body remotely.
Stimulation of these points affects the functioning of the intended organ and alleviates its troubles. Points can be treated using fine, sterile, single-use needles inserted from several seconds to several
minutes, using semi-permanent needles left in place for one to two weeks, by electromagnetic stimulation, or even using painless light rays.
Auriculotherapy is recommended in particular for:
- treatment of acute or chronic pain,
- stress-related illnesses,
- addictions (tobacco, drugs)
- gastric disturbances.
Warning: auriculotherapy is not recommended for certain individuals:
- pregnant women,
- the elderly
- wearers of pacemakers or heart disease sufferers,
- those suffering from autoimmune disease.
The technique, used in Egypt, India and the Far East for millennia, was rediscovered 50 years ago by a French doctor named Paul Nogier.
Dr. Nogier was consulted by a certain patient with strange cauterizations on his ear. The patient claimed to have relieved his sciatica thanks to this treatment. Intrigued, Dr. Nogier began researching the phenomenon.
He came to realize that points in the flat of the ear correspond to specific parts of the body. After 15 years of experimentation, he was able to draw a chart of the different body parts as reflected on the flat
of the ear after he realized that the shape of the ear oddly resembles an upside-down fetus.
Auriculotherapy was recognized by the WHO in 1987.
Did you know?
Many pirates chose to wear earrings not for vanity's sake but because stimulation of the point of the ear that corresponds to the eye increased their visual perception!
In Japan, it is believed that large ears bring good health and fortune. Tugging on the ears of one's children is not a punishment there, but a sign of affection!