The Eastern view is that we all have Chi (life energy) flowing through meridians (channels); these meridians extend throughout the body. When we have an ache or pain, the flow of Chi is blocked. By stimulating certain points corresponding to the part of the body which is troubling, the chi is cleared allowing it to flow naturally again and the body’s own natural repair system to take over.
Auricular Acupuncture is a complementary therapy where small needles are inserted into points on the outer ear. The outer ear mirrors in shape an upside down fetus, with the earlobe being the head. There are corresponding points for the whole body, including internal organs, distributed over the ear.
During a session, the patient does not need to undress, as the treatment only requires access to the ears. Needles are then applied to the required points (maximum of 5 needles per ear) and the patient is encouraged to relax for up to 45 minutes whilst the needles take effect. At the conclusion of the session, the "single use" needles are removed and disposed of before the patient leaves. For best results it is recommended that the treatment is repeated at least once a week.
Does it hurt?
As with any approach that utilizes needles, there can be a little discomfort when the needles are first applied, but this is usually very minor and quickly passes. In many cases, the needles are applied completely painlessly.