If you suffer from a chronic pain problem or systemic health challenge, the last thing that might ever occur to you would be having the treatment for your condition administered, not to the site of the symptoms, but to your ears. As amazing as it may sound, a modality known as ear acupuncture can help patients with a wide range of physical problems. Here at RiverOne Health & Wellness, we're proud to offer this service alongside our other safe, natural healing techniques.
Acupuncture Points on the Ear
Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that continues to benefit people all over the world to this day. This staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine works on the principle that different arrangements of needles in the skin can affect the body's responses to pain and other physical issues, correcting imbalances and optimizing health. The placement of needles corresponds to the traditional mapping of energy paths known as meridians. The placement of the needles may, therefore, seem unrelated to the problem at hand while nevertheless relieving symptoms.
The ear represents a microsystem of the entire body as far as acupuncture is concerned. Different points on the ears affect every aspect of the human body, from major organ function to thirst and appetite sensations. Ear acupuncture (also called auricular therapy), while known in China, was actually developed in France in the 19th Century.
What to Expect From Ear Acupuncture
Ha-il Lee may prescribe a course of ear acupuncture to treat such diverse problems as headaches, back pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia, anxiety, respiratory issues, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. Your ear acupuncture sessions may belong to a larger course of holistic care that includes other modalities such as chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, or massage therapy.
The tools used in ear acupuncture may consist of smaller, thinner versions of traditional needles, or they may take the form of ear seeds -- tiny, non-invasive, seed-like devices that are adhered to the necessary acupuncture points. Ear acupuncture seeds may remain on the ears for 3 to 14 days at a time.
Find Out Whether Ear Acupuncture Can Help You
Does ear acupuncture hold the answers to your health issues? The surest way to find out is by scheduling a consultation with our chiropractic team. Contact our clinic today at (815) 705-6246 to get the care you need.