The first time I heard about the famous ear seeds was when I went to a center specialized in traditional medicine. However, I didn’t know much about it until a certified acupuncturist told me about the great benefits of this simple but very effective therapy.
For much of my adult life, I have suffered from anxiety, overweight, indigestion, gas and bloating, and to be honest, conventional medicine had not helped me at all. That is why I decided to opt for different alternative therapies to relieve my health problems. Although the symptoms had improved considerably, not all had disappeared, therefore, when I heard about the ear seeds I said: “let’s try, I have nothing to lose.”
First of all, we should know that auriculotherapy is a therapeutic technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which specific points of the ear are stimulated to generate an effect on the organism that favors and balances certain physiological functions. It is the ideology of Microsystems, which are used in reflexology to map the hands and feet, but they also exist in the ear and face.
Auriculotherapy is born from acupuncture and has similar effects. But, calm, it doesn’t hurt; To stimulate these points, small metal or crystal balls are used, which adhere to the ear as stickers. You will not notice anything strange or disturb you when sleeping. You can do your daily activities without problems and you will quickly notice the beneficial effects.
Auriculotherapy is based on the fact that in the ear there are certain reflex points that correctly stimulated cause an action of the nervous system on the affected organ that helps its healing.
These points also serve as a complement in the diagnosis of the patient since they usually hurt when that area is affected. During the session, the therapist usually assesses whether there is peeling, pimples, or redness in an area of the ear, which may indicate that a particular organ is affected.
Normally, the specialist in auriculotherapy uses a device that measures the electrical resistance of these points. When there is a problem in an organ or area, an alteration in the electrical resistance of the reflex point of the ear is detected.
Dr. Hisayuki Ito, a metabolism and nutrition specialist who has been working for several years at the Showa General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, has conducted multiple investigations regarding the benefits of auriculotherapy. “Studies support auriculotherapy as an effective method to lose weight and reduce anxiety,” says Ito.
How are ear seeds used?
In the past, you had to visit a trained professional to start this therapy but nowadays, you can easily buy the ear seeds kit online. They normally come with the tool required and most importantly, placement instructions that tell you where to place the seeds based on the symptoms you would like to treat.
I apply the ear seeds in the acupressure points for gas and bloating located in the cavum just between the helix and the antihelix. I usually manipulate them every three hours (I squeeze them and make circular movements) and I can assure you that, after several treatments applied, it is the only thing that has managed to completely relieve my symptoms.
If you want to try them for yourself, follow these steps:
- Clean and dry the outside of your ear. Ear seeds should always go outside the ear, never in the ear canal.
- Identify the correct point. Some ear seed kits come with graphics that show the location of specific points. An acupuncturist can also help you locate the best points for your needs.
- Use tweezers to place the ear seeds. Ear seeds usually come pre-adhered to the adhesive tape; Try not to touch the adhesive side of the tape. Gently press the tape to make sure it sticks.
- Massage the seeds from the ears gently. Do these two or three times a day or when you have symptoms. Apply pressure by rubbing the seeds in a circular motion for one or three minutes.
- Change them regularly. Ear seeds can fall off after about three to five days. It is not recommended to leave them for more than five days, even if they are still in place.
- Remove them. You can use tweezers or your nails. To make sure the seeds don’t fall into your ear canal, bow your head before removing them. If a seed falls into your ear canal and does not come out, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
After removing the ear seeds, you must wait one day (at least eight hours) before placing them again. You should not forget to check your ears every day for signs of irritation, such as redness, pain or swelling. Remove the seeds immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
What are the applications of Auriculotherapy?
As I mentioned earlier, I use ear seeds to treat my anxiety, overweight, gas and bloating problems. However, ear seeds are a great help in a wide variety of diseases.
Auriculotherapy can be used, in many cases, as a single treatment, although it is most commonly used as an adjunct or complement to other treatments (acupuncture, phytotherapy, diet therapy, etc.)
One of the applications of auriculotherapy that, today is taking a lot of booms is its use to combat addictions (especially tobacco). It also highlights its usefulness in the treatment of acute pathologies such as low back pain, sciatica, hemorrhoids, allergies, angina, migraines, etc.
Written by K. Love