Auricular therapy is a healthcare modality that uses the external surface of the ear to treat pathological conditions in other parts of the body. Auricular therapy is based on Chinese acupuncture theory; however, the somatotopic correspondence of specific parts of the body was developed in France by Paul Nogier, MD in the 1950's.
Our external ears have cutaneous points that can be used to access the whole human body through the nervous and auricular micro-hormonal systems. Basically, there are two types of points. One set of points is connected to the spinothalamic system that modulates pain perception. The other set of points stimulates the releasing of hormonal substances that directly, and indirectly, act on the internal organs of the human body.
Auricular therapy can be used to treat a broad variety of disorders. A number of clinical studies have shown that Auricular therapy is effective to alleviate pain, relieve nausea, control addiction, etc. In addition, Auricular therapy can be successfully employed in the treatment of neurological, gastrointestinal, kidney, and glandular dysfunctions.