Its a type of acupuncture in which thin needles are inserted at specific points on the outer ear to control pain and other symptoms. It is thought that the outer ear contains a “map” of the whole body and that specific points on this map match up with certain parts of the body. Instead of needles, tiny seeds are also used to press into the relative points for longer duration, which also give same results of acupuncture.
Auricular acupuncture or Auriculotherapy can be used for a wide range of indications, and it is especially useful to relieve pain, calm the mind, treat allergies and infectious diseases, regulate endocrine system disorders, and treat chronic disease and functional disorders.
Ear acupuncture and body acupuncture are two forms of treatment that resemble one another, even though in both methods it involve pricking the skin with needles. To the uninitiated westerner, the techniques in body and ear acupuncture may seem, to a large degree, the same. Impulses from acupuncture needles influence the nervous system and, no matter whether the needle is placed in the ear or the body, neurotransmitters and hormones are influenced in a similar way. However, there are certain clear differences between the two forms of acupuncture.