ear-acupuncture.jpg Auricular acupuncture, has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, and is now becoming a fad in western countries. This therapy has been credited with helping in the treatment of many problems including addictions, insomnia, joint pain and fertility.

Procedure Highlights
a. Acupuncture experts have identified about 200 pressure points in the outer ear.
b. Each point is named generally after areas of the anatomy like liver, heart, mouth and so on.
c. These points trigger electrical impulses from the ear, via the brain, to the area of the body being treated.
d. A patient is first given a lengthy consultation to understand their general health, lifestyle and associated problems.
e. They are then treated with needles which are left in the ear for about 10 and 45 minutes.
f. Needles often number up to ten per ear.
g. Patients can also then be left with 'ear seeds', like mustard seeds to gold-plated press studs or coiled pins, to stimulate the acupressure points and allow them to enjoy the effects of acupuncture after they leave the clinic.
h. In more severe cases, needles can be left in place but this is risky if proper hygiene is not maintained.
i. If patients feel re-emergence of their problems, all they have to do is rub these studs or seeds.

Cost
Starting price is $75 an hour.