Is ear seeding the new acupuncture? We asked experts about the wellness trend


If you are familiar with acupuncture, you know that it involves inserting thin needles into your body. According Johns Hopkins Medicine“Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These biochemical changes can stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Of course, this practice is not for everyone. First of all, you should consult your doctor. Also, the mere thought of being pushed and prodded can already make some people feel uncomfortable and uncomfortable, and that’s completely normal.

Fortunately, there are non-invasive alternatives to acupuncture that can provide similar results. A good example is ear seeding, which is a form of auriculotherapy. To find out more about this method, we contacted a naturopath and a general practitioner. Dr Yelena Deshko. Read on as she explains what ear seeding is and how it actually works.

What you need to know about ear seeding

According to Dr. Deshko, “Auriculotherapy, also called auricular acupuncture point pressure or ear stimulation, is a method of diagnosing and treating diseases by stimulating specific acupuncture points on the outer ear. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), [it] It is believed that different regions of the ear correspond to particular areas of the body, so stimulation of certain points in the ear would produce a response in various areas and systems of the body.

She adds, “Before placing the ear seeds, the TCM practitioner usually conducts a health consultation, discussing the various symptoms the patient is experiencing. The practitioner would then perform a physical examination that probably consisted of reading the patient’s pulse and examining his tongue. The patient’s symptoms as well as the examination of the pulse and the tongue allow the practitioner to formulate a diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Deshko continues: “Depending on the diagnosis, certain points in the ear would be selected. The practitioner would then apply the ear seeds which have an adhesive backing to stay in the ear for up to a week until they fall off naturally.

She notes, “Ear seeds can be made of various materials that are thought to have different properties and which would be selected based on the effect desired by the practitioners. Some examples include gold, silver, magnetic or plant seeds. The patient would also be instructed to stimulate the ear seeds several times a day for better effect.

In conclusion, Dr. Deshko mentions that “numerous scientific studies support the benefits of auriculotherapy for a multitude of conditions, including pain, insomnia, stress and obesity”. She explains, “Although the practice of ear seeding is less studied than the practice of auricular acupuncture, some preliminary studies show the benefits of ear seeding for stress as good as cholesterol levels in obese adolescents. Another study indicated that ear therapy with ear seeds was beneficial for patients with insomnia. Another study showed that application and stimulation of ear seeds reduces labor pain and active labor time in women.”


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