The ear is a dynamic micro system of the body. In 1950, Dr. Nogier, a neurologist and an acupuncturist, observed Madam Barrin, cauterize a specific point of the ear for the treatment of sciatica. This was an extremely effective solution for many. Through years of research and using the ancient wisdom of Chinese auricular medicine, he found the points on the ear correlated to the points on the body and the different phases they go through from acute to chronic disease states. He published his works in 1965 and founded a new type of treatment using the micro-system of the ear and a pulse technique that utilizes the “Vascular Autonomic Signal”. This is based on the study of the arterial pulse changes, as perceived by the thumb on the radial artery, which varies when the body is exposed to various biological stresses. The study of the pulse permits identification and removal of biological stressors.

The ear has a very complex group of cranial nerve innervations (CN V, VII, IX, X, Cervical roots C2, C3, and the Cervical Sympathetic plexus) which give it a direct correlation to the Central Nervous System, the brain and spinal cord. By stimulating a point in the ear, one can stimulate the nerves that go to the brain, thereby stimulating a particular point of the body. Treating through the central nervous system versus the peripheral can make a more dramatic impact on the healing process.

Auricular medicine supports the vital force of the body. It promotes healing at cellular levels. It recognizes that matter is composed of energy and is the basis of understanding the human body as a dynamic energy system.


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