What is Ear
Acupressure or Auricular Therapy?
The art of
healing with finger pressure on specific points on the ear is known as Ear
Acupressure or Auricular Therapy. In 1957, Dr. Paul Nogier, a well known French
Neuro-surgeon, made a careful study of the ear and its relationship to the rest
of the body and developed this “Auricular Therapy”.
How the ear
acupressure points are stimulated?
is the safest way for stimulation and most economical also. A blunt end of a
pencil tip or cotton bud or a match stick can be used.
How to apply
should be relaxed and comfortable, in any posture whether lying down, standing or
sitting up. The degree of pressure, heat or coolness, sensation in the point
being massaged varies with the condition and physique of the person. If
the correct pressure is applied, the person should feel numbness or soreness in
affected part. Finger-nail, finger-tip and finger-flat are the three ways of
applying pressure. Apply pressure for one to five minutes on each point per treatment.
Stimulate once or twice daily or whenever one has the symptoms and also when
one feels the onset of symptoms.
How to locate the
ear acupressure point?
Imagine a fully
grown-up foetus inside the mother’s womb. The whole body is represented by the
ear in as much the same way as the foetus fits (Fig. 17b). Different parts of the body can be
activated by pulsating the corresponding points on the ear. The ear acupressure
chart provides a ready-reference for this purpose.
differ from person to person and may change under varying conditions. The colour
of the skin at that point may be different or there may be slight swelling,
peeling or a small sore and the point may have become very sensitive to pressure
with respect to adjacent areas. The sensitivity can be detected by gently
touching the ear surface with constant and persistent pressure. A blunt edge can
be used for pulsating. It is important to apply constant, persistent pressure on
all areas for detecting proper ear points. These points may show lower
electrical resistance and slightly higher temperature when compared to other areas.
3. Ear Apex
12. High Blood
14. Lowering Blood
16. Knee Point
18. External Genitalia
19. External Genitalia
24. Divine Gate
25. Hip Joint
30. Sciatica Nerve
34. Prostate Gland
40. Large Intestine
43. Gall Bladder
48. Small Intestine
50. Mammary Gland
63. Tragus Apex
67. Neck Area
68. Shoulder Joint
69. Mute Gate
71. External Nose
78. Tooth ache
79. High Blood Pressure
80. Adrenal Gland
82. Sub Cortex
90. Internal Nose
91. Internal secretion
100. Lower Jaw
104. Upper Jaw
106. Upper Jaw- Teeth
108. Lower Jaw- Teeth
110. Inner Ear
What are the
hands, fingers and finger nails clean and warm.
nails should be trimmed properly to get a good grip.
advisable to activate the right ear for right side problems and left for
left side problems, though in principle it can work for the whole
is not to be done on full stomach or empty stomach.
recommended for exhausted or nervous patients.
recommended during pregnancy and on serious cardiac patients or infants.
acupressure if one observes scar, contusion or infection in the ear.
How effective is Auricular Therapy?
acupressure is very successful, but often slower compared to acupuncture. If one
doesn’t get results, try corresponding points at the back of the ear or a
combination of ear and body points.