So do they actually work? The short answer is… maybe. According to a 2017 study at the University of São Paulo that sought to treat anxiety in nurses using auriculotherapy, “The best result for reducing state anxiety was produced by the auriculotherapy with needles.
In this regard, is auricular acupuncture effective?
Compared to body acupuncture, the auricular acupuncture is less painful and more convenient to patients. Many studies have reported the effect of body acupuncture in reducing anxiety syndromes. Other researches also indicated that auricular acupuncture also could relieve anxiety.
Then, do ear seeds really work for weight loss?
Ear acupuncture can help people lose weight, with better results if practitioners stimulated five points instead of just one, researchers from Korea claim in a study published in the BMJ journal Acupuncture in Medicine. Auricular acupuncture was first used in France in 1956 by Dr. Paul Nogier.
Why do ear seeds hurt?
Some people also develop small sores around the seeds. This is often due to massaging the seeds too frequently or not letting the ears rest before applying new seeds. In addition, some people do experience side effects while using ear seeds, including brief spells of: dizziness.
Ear seeds are small seeds placed on tape and used to stimulate pressure points on your ear. You can put them on yourself at home, and press them gently to calm the mind and soothe anxiety. Ear seeds are affordable and you can easily order them online (search for “vaccaria ear seeds”).
According to TCM, a blocked or disrupted flow of qi can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health. Acupuncture aims to restore the flow of qi by resolving any blockages or disruption. Traditional acupuncture does this by targeting points found throughout your body, including your ears.
Protocol based, needle free, ear acupuncture visits for weight loss, smoking cessation, substance abuse or anxiety with acu-magnets, have a cost of 30 dollars each. This lower cost accounts for a more frequent need and typically takes 10 minutes to apply.
Acupressure point selection for stress and anxiety relief:
- Governing Vessel 20 (Du-20) “Hundred Meetings” …
- Yin Tang “Hall of Impression” …
- Gall Bladder 21 (GB-21) “Shoulder Well” …
- Conception Vessel 17 (Ren 17) “Chest Center” …
- Heart 7 (Ht-7) “Spirit Gate” …
- Spleen 6 (Sp-6) “Three Yin Crossing” …
- Liver 3 (Lr-3) “Great Surge”
The ear apex, located on the cartilage at the place where your ear comes to its highest point, is an auricular pressure point popular in treatments for earache, migraine, and tension headache.
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Proponents of ear stapling claim that the staples stimulate a pressure point that controls appetite, leading to weight loss. Small surgical staples are placed into the inner cartilage of each ear.
Located along the governing meridian, renzhong is thought to have an influence on weight, especially obesity. This point is located on the philtrum, less than 1 inch below where the nostrils meet. To massage this point: Place one finger on the renzhong point.
Results: One (1) month of acupuncture therapy significantly reduced the subjects’ BMI by 3.5% (p = 0.005), abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT) volume by 16.04% (p < 0.0001), abdominal total adipose tissue volume by 10.45% (p = 0.001), and abdominal visceral to subcutaneous fat ratio by 10.59% (p = 0.007).