Using Ear Seeds for Vertigo: A Practical and Evidence-Based Guide


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If you’re exploring natural remedies for vertigo, ear seeds might be a valuable addition to your toolkit. While acupressure points for vertigo are widely recognized, ear seeds offer a unique approach to managing this condition. For those interested in a broader understanding of acupressure for vertigo, we recommend visiting acupressure points for vertigo. However, this article focuses on using ear seeds for vertigo relief.

Understanding Ear Seeds

Ear seeds are tiny seeds used in auriculotherapy, a form of acupressure focusing on the ear. They are placed on specific points on the ear to stimulate them, similar to how needles are used in acupuncture.

Ear Seeds Placement for Vertigo

The placement of ear seeds for vertigo involves identifying sensitive points on the ear that correlate with vertigo symptoms. These points can be found using an electric point finder or a metal probe. The areas that are more sensitive or ‘ring louder’ on the point finder are ideal for ear seed placement. Our ear seed kits provide a comprehensive solution for identifying and applying ear seeds effectively.

Finding the Right Points

To locate the right points for ear seeds:

  1. Use an electric point finder or a metal probe to search areas related to vertigo.
  2. Compare the sensitivity of different points by pressing them.
  3. Focus on points that are both sensitive and ring on the point finder.
  4. If using a probe, look for particularly sensitive points around the ear.

Application Tips and Precautions

  • Clean the ear with alcohol before applying ear seeds.
  • Apply firm pressure on the seeds for 10-20 seconds, 2-3 times daily. It should be slightly painful.
  • Remove the seeds after 3 days or if they fall off naturally.

Scientific Evidence Supporting Ear Seeds for Vertigo

Recent scientific studies have begun to shed light on the effectiveness of ear seeds in treating vertigo. A notable study, “Observation on the Efficacy of Moxibustion Combined with Ear Acupoint Pressing Beans in Treating Patients with Phlegm Stasis Syndrome Vertigo,” provides valuable insights. This study involved patients with vertigo symptoms, who were treated with a combination of moxibustion and ear acupoint pressing beans. The results showed significant improvements in symptoms, sleep quality, psychological well-being, and enhanced blood flow parameters. These findings suggest that ear seeds, as part of a comprehensive TCM approach, can effectively manage vertigo.

By incorporating ear seeds into your routine, you can potentially find a natural and effective way to manage vertigo. Remember, it’s always best to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment.

Author: P. Sze

P. Sze P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. S he also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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