I am a fully trained, certified Auricular Acupuncturist. I undertook training with SMART UK and their members are considered the finest in their field due to the nature of the initial training and the requirements placed on them to undergo annual assessments. I offer Auricular Acupuncture as an add-on to the counselling I provide so this blog aims to provide you with some more information about what it is and how it may help.
What is Auricular Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Chinese Medicine that has been used since 497BC. Explanations differ as to how Auricular Acupuncture works. The Chinese tell us that by stimulating particular points in your ear, your Chi energy (life energy) is cleared of blockages and is free to flow naturally. Western medicine explains that nerves in the ear when stimulated promote an electrochemical response in the brain, releasing neurochemicals such as dopamine and endorphins, which promote feelings of well-being and rebalances brain chemistry. Whatever explanation you prefer – It really can help.
What does Auricular Acupuncture treatment consist of? Auricular Acupuncture refers to the stimulation of nerves in the outer ear using sterile needles. The treatment involves inserting five small needles into each ear after which the patient relaxes for 40 minutes to give the treatment time to take full effect. After the treatment the needles are removed and disposed of.
Are there any side effects?
Auricular Acupuncture offers no side effects and is non-addictive.
What can Auricular Acupuncture assist with?
As mentioned above I provide Auricular Acupuncture as an add-on to counselling. Clients are under no obligation to do this but it is an option considered by some. It is used in addition to your normal therapy sessions and can assist in reducing stress, decreasing anxiety, calming the individual, promoting relaxation and sleep.
Are there any alternatives for individuals who do not want needle treatment? For individuals who do not want the needles placed in their ear, acupuncture seeds can be used to achieve similar benefits. Small black seeds from the vaccaria plant or small metal beads or pellets are secured on the ear with clear tape. These a placed on just one of the acupuncture points. The continuous mild pressure they exert is amplified by stimulating the seed with a few seconds of fingertip massage every few hours. Ear seeds are non-invasive, meaning, unlike needles, they are affixed on the surface of the ear and do not puncture the skin. It can be generally expected that the seeds will stay in place for up to 5 days.
Is there any cost to the treatment?
No, you will pay as normal for the session. Acupuncture seeds will also be offered free of charge at the end of the acupuncture treatment. If you are just only wanting acupuncture seeds then the first application is free, and thereafter you will be asked to pay an additional £5 per application to cover costs.