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The Difference Between Ear Acupuncture And Auriculotherapy

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In 1956, French doctor Dr. Paul Nogier’s original work gave the world with what is now known as auriculotherapy. This treatment is different from ear acupuncture as ear acupuncture entails the insertion of needles inserted into a fixed group of acupuncture points while auriculotherapy neither uses needles nor does it use fixed acupuncture points. Points used in auriculotherapy are generated by enervation of three cervical ganglia and four cranial nerves. They are not acupuncture points.

A practitioner of auriculotherapy utilizes a pen-shaped portable manual medical device (classified as class 11 by the FDA) called STIM PLUS PRO to

1. Search for the auriculotherapy point,

2. Diagnose the identified point, and

3. Resolve the point if observed to be irregular

Auriculotherapy involves the seeking and treating of ear neurological points by stimulating it with mild pulses of electrical current. The treatment is virtually painless. The device STIM PLUS PRO is used to treat each point for half a minute. The therapy is done on both ears for 30 days, 5 days a week for about 10 minutes a day. In ear acupuncture, the needles are left inserted in the body for 20 minutes to over an hour.

Research Studies Dealing with Auriculotherapy and Acupuncture

Several studies starting in the late 1970’s have been conducted to assess acupuncture’s and lately auriculotherapy’s efficacy in addressing addictions. A recent MEDLINE search found over 9,780 studies dealing with the use of acupuncture in treating all types of substance use disorder (SUD) including smoking behavior, binge eating, stimulant abuse, heroin and cocaine addiction, and alcoholism. The bulk of data are derived from clinical studies dealing with acupuncture and they mostly involved the treatment’s ability to reduce the pain and other discomforts related to opiate addiction. In 1977, a bunch of studies led by Wen demonstrated significant withdrawal symptom relief within 15 minutes of the onset of the therapies. In a follow up study conducted by Schuckit et al, 51 of the subjects had been free of drugs during the interim. Oieson and Kroening, in 1985 discovered that ear acupuncture combined with the steep withdrawal of opiate use led to a successful stoppage of drug use of 86 percent of the patients within five days to a week with minimal side effects. Right now, the literature indicates some positive studies using auriculotherapy, ear acupuncture, or acupuncture including: cocaine addiction (NADA protocol, five point therapy protocol established by the (NADA) National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, alcoholism (1995, Brewer), smoking (1997, He et al.)

Here are some positive feedbacks from patients treated with auriculotherapy, ear acupuncture, or acupuncture: “Before acupuncture, I never stopped craving drugs even though I was clean.” “I’m now calmer.” “My desire for booze is reduced and my natural energy is restored.” “It quickly helped kick my heroin habit.” “I can sleep well now.” “Headache is gone.” “I am now less moody.”

Here are a few comments from drug court advocates: “With acupuncture, I had witnessed awesome results for my patients.” “Patients are coming in more physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced.”

Goldfarb Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center
1339 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052

Written by Valerie

November 14th, 2017 at 4:56 pm