Ear seeds are a powerful tool that anyone can use at home. We’re probably nearing the end of the strictest phase of the stay-at-home orders. However, life will not just go back to normal. So, I want to continue offering you helpful resources for self-care at home. This tip is easy and fun.
Let’s Talk about Ear Seeds
During your acupuncture treatments, you may have received acupuncture needles on your ear (auricular acupuncture). Or, maybe you went home with some little stickers with gold beads on your ear. These are ear seeds. What’s the reasoning behind this?
The ear is a microsystem of the entire body. Think about holograms, how a part contains the whole. Yes, your body is that amazing. The entire body is mapped out on the ear, and stimulating these points can treat a wide variety of conditions. Treatment of medical conditions with points on the ear has been used since ancient times, but Dr. Nogier of France thoroughly mapped the body in the 1950’s and developed auriculotherapy as we know it today.
Because the points on the ear are so close to the surface of the body, we can use acupuncture, acupressure, and even lasers to treat them.
Ear acupuncture is so powerful for pain relief, it’s being used by the military. Battlefield acupuncture was created in 2001 by Dr. Richard Niemtzow, MD. The needles used are more like tiny darts, and they can stay in the ear for a few days. They are also used in veteran’s clinics, and are an important tool against the opioid epidemic. This is a testament to the power of the ear points.
More uses of auricular acupuncture
Besides pain relief, stimulating auricular points can help:
Focus and Memory
Headaches and Migraines
Inflammation & Immunity
Sleep and Insomnia
Stress and Anxiety
Ear seeds are a non-invasive, safe and effective tool used to stimulate acupuncture points.