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  • Auricular Therapy Acupuncture Ear Points Dr. Chuanxin Wang, DAOM, L.Ac
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  • Whats it? Auricular Acupuncture is acupuncture that is done on the ear. Your ear is a microcosm of your body. That means your entire body can be treated from your ear. Your ear, being close to your brain, is very neurologically active.
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  • History-TCM Stimulating the ear to treat illness is recommended in ancient Chinese medical texts dating back over 2,000 years in Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine) Tang Dynasty, Dr. Sun, Si-Miao described treatments of jaundice and epidemic diseases by using ear points in Qian Jin Yao Fang (Formulas of Thousand Gold)
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  • History-Modern Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern medicine. Modern Auricular therapy founded by Paul Nogier in 1950s. Also developed in 1960s China. Some differences in point location but overall very similar. Fetal / Upside-down man representation.
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  • History-Moden-2 More recently, auricular (ear) acupuncture began to be effectively used in China to treat opium withdrawal symptoms 2 Ear acupuncture was subsequently used as an effective treatment for alcoholism 3 Ear acupuncture is now used throughout the world as a cost-effective method to treat problems arising from drug and alcohol use 4 Indeed, ear acupuncture is used extensively in drug and alcohol treatment facilities, hospitals and prisons in Europe and the USA 4,5
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  • The Theory of Biological Holographic 1980s Dr. Zhang, Ying-Qing (Shan Dong University, China) published his theory in Nature Journal. Holographic Unit Holographic Fetus
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  • Reflexology-Ear
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  • Treatments Needling Press tacks Seeds Bleeding Massage Electric stimulation Cold laser Injection
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  • Ear Seeds & Ear Tacks Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear tacks. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant (Wang-Bu-Liu-Xing). These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks. Ear tacks are very small needles with an adhesive backing. Ear tacks are inserted into the ear and left in the ear for a few days or up to one week.
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  • Effects Qi meridians (energy pathways), as described in Chinese medicine, congregate in, or have connections to the ear Ear acupuncture stimulates the movement of vital Qi energy through meridians and facilitates the state of balance and harmony that the human form naturally desires
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  • Effects-2 Interruption and re-routing of neural messages Stimulation of endorphin release Facilitation of detoxification from drugs and alcohol Alleviation of withdrawal symptoms Reduction of cravings
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  • Effects-3 Restoration of equilibrium Restoration of energy and vitality Relief of restlessness Reduction of hypersensitivity Reduction of anxiety Relief of pain Promotion of sleep Promotion of physical and psychological wellbeing
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  • Precautions Do not needle if external ear is infected or inflamed Contraindicated for pregnancy with history of miscarriage; caution otherwise Caution weak constitution Do not leave tacks or seeds more than 1 week
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  • Anatomy
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  • Anatomy-2
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  • Structure Mostly made of cartilage connective tissue and fat (The auricle 3/4-4/5 based elastic cartilage, 1/4-1/5 containing fat and connective tissue of the earlobe.) Ample nerve, blood vessels, and lymph glands Some muscle on the posterior to give ear some mobility
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  • C2 3 4 Section somatic nerves Bran (Cranial nerve) Sympathetic The structure of the auricle. Innervation Ear helix, ear boat and the helix area -Spinal nerve (Auricular nerve and lesser occipital nerve distribution) Concha area-Cranial nerve( Auriculotemporal nerve and vagus nerve, mixed branch of the glossopharyngeal nerve and facial nerve). Triangular fossa: nerve extremely rich, almost all of auricular nerve has a branch to the triangular fossa. Very rich nerves on Auricle
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  • Sympathetic N Along the carotid vascular plexus, density of the N fibers with the arterial diameter smaller reduced in thickness ranging from fiber wall. While Only sparse distribution of fibers in the vein wall, Most N fiber distribution in the artery and vein tube anastomosis. This auricular point prick blood provides a theoretical basis Very rich nerves on Auricle
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  • Nomenclature of Acupoint Names related to their therapeutic properties Lower blood pressure point, flu point, etc. Names related to the shape and location of the ear Apex of the ear, etc. Names related to the system function Endocrine, sympathetic, etc. Names according to the location of acupoints Face-cheek area, hunger point, etc.
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  • Nomenclature of Acupoints Names related to the anatomy Shoulder, elbow, abdomen, etc. Names related to the meridian and zang-fu Heart, spleen, liver, etc. Names related to the nerves Sciatic nerve, etc. Names related to the disease Hypertension, hepatitis, etc.
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  • Somatatopic Representation Lobe: Face & sensory Antitragus: Cranial & brain Internal organs in concha: Thorax = Inferior (Cavum) concha Abdomen = Superior (Cymba) concha Digestive = around helix crus
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  • Somatatopic Representation-2 Spine on antihelix Upper limb on scaphoid fossa Lower limb on upper antihelix crus Triangular fossa = Chinese: Reproductive & Shenmen; French: Lower limb
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  • Distribution of Points 1. Ear lobe Head and face 2. Antitragus Head and brain 3. Notch between antihelix and antitragus brain stem 4. Tragus Throat, internal nose, and adrenal 5. Antihelix Trunk 6. Inferior crus of the antihelix - Buttock 2 1 3 4 5 6
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  • Distribution of Points 7. Superior crus of the antihelix Lower limb 8. Scaphoid Fossa Upper limb 9. Triangular Fossa Pelvic cavity and internal organs 10. Helix crus Diaphragm 11. Peripheral area of the Helix Digestive tract 12. Cymba Conchae Abdominal Cavity 13. Cavum Conchae Thoracic Cavity 14. Intertragic Notch Endocrine Gland 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
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  • Triangular Fossa General Location Triangular depression between the upper and lower antihelix crus Points 1. Decrease blood pressure Upper top part of the triangular fossa Headache, dizziness, hypertension 2. Pelvis Located at the corner of the triangular fossa where the upper and lower antihelix crus originate Pelvic inflammation, prostatitis, abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea 1 2
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  • Triangular Fossa Points 3. Constipation Draw a line from pelvis to the lower outer border of the triangular fossa. It is located in the second 1/3. Constipation 4. Shenmen Line from decrease blood pressure point to pelvis is divided into 3 parts. It is located at the top of the first lower part. Insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, stress, pain, hypertension, allergy, main point for anesthesia 3 4
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  • Triangular Fossa Points 5. Hepatitis Midpoint between decrease blood pressure and shenmen Jaundice, hepatitis symptoms 6. Uterus/Genitals Middle of the front edge of the depression in the triangular fossa Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, uterus, impotence, infertility, seminal emission, decreased sexual function 7. Groin Lower border of triangular fossa. Forms an equilateral triangle with the sciatic nerve and the buttock. Line from pelvis to the lower outer border of the triangular fossa, it is at the first 1/3. 6 5 7
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  • Antihelix General Location Prominence opposite the helix Divide trunk into 5 equal parts from the bottom of the antihelix to the fork of the superior and inferior antihelix crus 1. Lower 1/5 Cervical 2. Middle 2/5, 3/5 Thoracic 3. Middle 4/5 Lumbar 4. Upper 1/5 Sacral 5. Coccyx is at the branching and inferior to the antihelix crus 5
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  • Antihelix Points Cervical vertebrae Neck trauma, degeneration in the cervical region Thoracic vertebrae Swelling and pain in the thoracic region Lumbar Sacral vertebrae Lumbo-sacral pain and dysfunction in the lower extremities Neck On the border of cavum concha of the cervical vertebrae Stiff neck, cervical vertebrae, upper extremity atrophy, paralysis, numbness Thyroid Between the neck and brain stem Thyroid disease, obesity Brain Stem Neck
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  • Cavum Conchae General Location The part of the concha inferior to the helix crus Points Heart Center of the deepest portion of the cavum concha Heart diseases, palpitation, insomnia, mental disorders Lung Upper and lower area adjacent to the heart. Upper is on the opposite lung. Respiratory problems, cough, asthma, skin diseases, profuse sweating
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  • Cavum Conchae Points Spleen Midpoint between where the helix crus disappears (Stomach) and the antihelix-antitragus notch Digestive disorders, controlling blood, prolapse, edema due to nutrition problems Trachea Midpoint of the horizontal line drawn between the heart and the hole of the exte


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