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Dr Paul Nogier a physician in Lyons, France, first presented his observations of the somatotopic correspondences of the ear. Dr Nogier established the concept of an inverted fetus map on the external ear (see figure to the left). His concept was developing when he investigated scars on some of his patients’ ears after being treated very quickly and effectively for sciatic pain by a Madame Barrin. His continued work in Auricular Medicine gave birth to the homunculus, ‘the man in the ear’ diagram. He found that the points on the knee, corresponded precisely with the fetal representation of the knee in the ear auricule. Dr Nogier’s theory also became an evaluative tool using the ear to help determine whether or not the right and left hemispheres of the brain are functioning as a dynamic whole; whether there are specific neurological, musculo-skeletal, or organ systems that are in imbalance; and whether there are any blockages to treatment, such as scar tissue or emotional disorders.
Auricular Therapy or Auricular Medicine is all-natural, drug free, pain free, quick and effective, and is used to both identify physical dysfunctions and treat them. It can be used for a variety of physical conditions and addictions including cancer, weight loss, and smoking cessation, pain management, hayfever, and sinus problems.
Rudimentary forms of acupuncture which may have started as early as the Stone Age have survived in many parts of the world right down to present day. Primitive sharp stones and bamboo were replaced by fish bones, bamboo clips and later various shapes of needles made of metal. When stones and arrows were the only tools of war, warriors wounded in war found that some diseases that affected them for many years were gone, as probably testify scars on the skin of the mummified body of Similaun, Italy.
Throughout history, Auricular Medicine has been used. Some say that the Chinese used it as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine system dating back to 500 B. C. There are other civilizations which have Auricular history:
The Eskimos, are still using sharpened stones for treating their illness. The Bantus of South Africa scratch certain areas of their skin to allay the symptoms of many illnesses, while in Brazil there is a tribe whose method of treating illness is to shoot tiny arrows from a blowpipe to specific areas of the skin. The practice of cauterizing a part of the ear with a hot metal probe has also been reported among certain tribes in Arabia. This is probably a vestige of the acupuncture practiced in ancient Egypt and Saudi Arab.
Distinct Touch uses Auricular Therapy to evaluate, identify, and if applicable to treat physical and emotional issues. Our experience and training allows us to determine the suitability of Auricular Therapy and how it should be used over other available methods. Call to schedule an appointment today at (719) 471-3535. Dr Olivia Valenzuela, BD, DNM, will evaluate your condition and discuss what is needed for your situation.
1. Luigi, G. and Firenzuoli, F.
Ear Acupuncture in European Traditional Medicine. (2007) US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
2. Wikipedia.com definition of Auricular Therapy
3. Oleson, T.
Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture. Google Books
Auricular Therapy is a evaluation and treatment system based on normalizing the body's dysfunction by stimulating pre-defined reflexology points on the ear. When these reflex points are stimulated, the corresponding organs or tissues are also stimulated to properly function and thereby alleviate pain and heal.
Many times Auricular Therapy is referenced to as Ear Acupuncture. However the two terms are different because Auricular Therapy does not use needles to
access or stimulate the reflexology points.