6. Auricular Acupuncture

Video Transcript: Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture is a specialized acupuncture therapy where acu-points on the outer ear are treated using either needles or electro acupuncture. There are as many as two hundred acu-points on the outer ear, each point named generally after areas of the anatomy, such as knees, hips, shoulders, lungs, liver, heart and so on. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain, each acu-point on the ear when treated triggers electrical impulses from the ear via the brain to the specific area of the body that is being treated. Therefore, if someone had asthma, by treating the lungs points on the ear, it would help to ease the asthma. Auricular acupuncture pertains to micro-acupuncture. The features of this technique are that  the stimulation is more painful but tiny tack needles can be pressed on the earlobe for stimulation with a longer period, such as three to five days. Also auricular needling manipulation usually does not interfere with surgical operation during acupuncture anesthesia, this is why auricular acupuncture is one of the most commonly used ways for acupuncture anesthesia.

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