What is Ear Acupuncture?
Auricular acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment system based on normalizing the body's dysfunction through stimulation of points on the ear. Resulting amelioration of pain and illness is believed to be through the reticular formation and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
Where does Battlefield Acupuncture fit in with traditional acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture is commonly thought of as the application of dozens of needles at various points on the trunk of the body and/or its extremities. Through time, various schools of acupuncture in China, France, Korea, and Japan have developed a style of practice which emphasizes more limited and focused needle placements. Examples include scalp acupuncture, hand acupuncture, and ear acupuncture. We focus on ear acupuncture.
Battlefield Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which needles are placed only on the surface of the ear. The theory behind ear acupuncture is that the entire body and all of its functions are represented on various points on the ear. This representation allows treatment of far-ranging conditions using needles applied only to the ear.
There is scientific evidence which confirms the connections between regions of the ear and the distant body functions, and research which confirms therapeutic benefit when needles are inserted in the ear region corresponding to areas of illness or pain.