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09-03-2002, 07:24 PM
For those in the Phoenix,Az area. Dr. Chow will be holding a Auricular therapy seminar on the 21st of Sept. Anyone interested feel free to e-mail me at chandlerwingchun@cox.net or call Dr. Chow at (602)336-8193.;)

01-19-2018, 01:10 PM
Everything You Need to Know About Penelope Cruz’s Needle-Free Acupuncture Therapy (http://www.organicauthority.com/curious-about-acupuncture-but-scared-of-needles-check-out-these-new-techniques-that-celebs-love/)


By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15340010

Acupuncture is known to relieve a number of conditions, including everything from depression and anxiety to nausea, migraines, and even infertility. But it also involves needles. So what happens if you’re needle phobic?
Well, if you’re Penelope Cruz or Matt Damon, you try auriculotherapy and AcuLaser instead. The two actors are reportedly fans of the two techniques, which are offered at Shellie Goldstein Associates, an acupuncture clinic with locations in Manhattan and East Hampton.
Both auriculotherapy and AcuLaser connect with the basic tenet of acupuncture — the stimulation of the body’s “meridians” to promote and restore the balance of energy (“Qi”) which flows throughout the body — and they’re both needle-free.
In the name of learning more about how to tap into good Qi, we dug a little deeper about these alternative practices.

What Are They Exactly?

“At our practice we refer to these modalities as ‘acupuncture without needles,’ says Audrey Greenfield MD LAc, an associate at Shellie Goldstein. “Like traditional or conventional acupuncture, these techniques stimulate specific points found along acupuncture meridians. However, instead of using needles to stimulate these points, auriculotherapy (which we also refer to as ‘ear acupressure’) uses ‘pressure’ at locations on the ear, and AcuLaser uses laser light.”
Greenfield further explains that, for auriculotherapy, acupuncturists at her practice use acupressure, or massage, at specific points by applying small vaccaria seeds or crystals at precise locations on the ear. “Affixing these seeds or crystals to the ear empowers patients to continue their treatment even after leaving the office by gently massaging the points whenever want relief from their symptoms,” she says.
Before applying AcuLaser, Greenfield uses bioelectronic meridian testing to help determine which points are best to treat.
“Bioelectronic meridian testing entails measuring the electrical impedance at key acupoints called ‘source points’ found at locations near the wrists and ankles,” she says. “These measurements are taken in the office with a small machine. It only takes a few minutes, and it is completely painless. This testing can reveal us imbalances, thus showing me which points will best help each patient.”

What Are the Benefits?

According to Greenfield, because the only difference between the two practices and acupuncture is the lack of needles, then “auriculotherapy and AcuLaser have the potential to offer all the same benefits and treat all the conditions which acupuncture treats,” she says. “Like traditional acupuncture, these treatments can treat sleep disorders, pain, anxiety, addiction, digestive disorders, side effects of chemotherapy, and a whole host of other issues.”
She adds that “side benefits,” not ‘side effects,’ might be a better way to describe the common effects of treatment beyond treating specific symptoms. “Patients often report that they sleep better (especially the night after treatment). Although anxiety is a common reason for seeking acupuncture, even patients who see us for completely non-related issues report an improved sense of overall well being.”

What Are the Cons?

Though the practices provide an alternative for patients with needle phobia, or someone who is otherwise unable to tolerate needling, Amanda Frick, ND, LAc, lead naturopathic doctor for Harvey Health, says the downsides of both auriculotherapy and AcuLaser “are that it’s not part of traditional Chinese medicine, and has far less research to back up its efficacy, and may be utilized by untrained practitioners.”
She adds, “While I think acupuncture, auriculotherapy and AcuLaser may all be utilized for different functions, traditional acupuncture has the most well studied benefit, is part of a complete and very old system of medicine, as well as a set of highly skilled and licensed practitioners.”

The Takeaway

If you’re curious about acupuncture but terrified of needles, then, as Greenfield says, these practices “can provide an excellent introduction or ‘gateway’ to acupuncture. Acupuncture– with or without needles– is a powerful modality with the potential to address a wide variety of acute and chronic issues.”

And as with anything new and health-related, it’s also best to heed Frick’s advice.

“I highly recommend doing your research to find the best practitioner for you and your needs,” she says. “Part of the beauty of this ancient art is the intricate relationship of patient and healer. You have to feel comfortable with your practitioner. There is also an esoteric and energetic component that you’ll be completely missing out on if you don’t find the right fit. Once you’ve found your match, have a discussion about your comfort level, preferences and utilize the method that most closely aligns with your goals and beliefs.”

Thread: AcuLaser (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?70662-AcuLaser)
Thread: Auricular Therapy (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?15874-Auricular-Therapy)

03-14-2019, 08:46 AM
In fight against opioid crisis, Governor’s Task Force endorses ear acupuncture (https://manchesterinklink.com/in-fight-against-opioid-crisis-governors-task-force-endorses-ear-acupuncture/)
Monday, March 11, 2019 Elizabeth Ropp & Eric Zulaski

Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist practices her skills during a training in Manchester. Photo by Eric Zulaski

Last week, Governor Sununu’s Recovery Task Force showed unanimous support to expand Ear Acupuncture services in New Hampshire. As one of seven task forces that form the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs, the Recovery Task Force will present their recommendation to the Commission next month.

Meeting minutes from Friday, March 8 state that a motion was made by Kristine Paquette to recommend to the Governor’s Commission the following:

“Support the expansion of ear acupuncture services that follow the NADA protocol or equivalent training throughout New Hampshire to Peer Recovery Coaches and Peer Recovery organizations.”

The task force’s recommendation came after a February presentation by members of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).

“Since the 1970s, ear acupuncture has proven to be an effective adjunct treatment for early and long term recovery,” says Laura Cooley, trainer of the NADA protocol. “With the new state law that allows peer counselors and recovery coaches to practice ear acupuncture, we hope to see the practice widely adopted so we can be better equipped to serve the needs of people in recovery.”

Keith Howard, Task Force chair and Executive Director of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, stated in a previous meeting, “I have expressed skepticism. But from what I’ve seen it does no harm and it seems to do some good. I talk to people who have experienced the treatment. Eighty-percent of the people I talk to [about ear acupuncture] report a positive experience after treatment. Twenty percent feel no change whatsoever. No one has mentioned to me a negative experience from receiving ear acupuncture.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes ear acupuncture for the treatment of addictions. SAMSHA is a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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01-13-2020, 10:05 AM
This is the first I've heard of ear seeds trending but if they really are trending, I'll make an indie thread with this post and the one above (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?15874-Auricular-Therapy&p=1306996#post1306996).

Ear seeds are the newest wellness trend: What to know and do we know if it works? (https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Wellness/ear-seeds-newest-wellness-trend-works/story?id=68097918)
Are ear seeds the solution to your anxiety? We spoke to the experts.
By Zoe Moore
January 13, 2020, 1:11 AM
8 min read

With interest in wellness surging, ear seeding is the latest trend popping up all over social media.

The practice, which has been around for years, is seeing a resurgence now in the era of Instagram. It is a form of auriculotherapy, or ear acupressure, where a seed is used to help stimulate pressure points in the ear.

The seeds, made of magnets or vaccaria flower seeds, are often covered in gold or crystal, making both a subtle fashion and health statement. Like acupuncture and reflexology, the seeds purportedly stimulate relaxation, helping with anxiety and spiritual healing.


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Ear seeds are applied to the external ear and can stimulate acupressure points to treat conditions throughout the body. We love using 24k Gold Plated Ear Seeds on our clients to give the look of tiny gold studs without the pain of a piercing. ✨#earrings #earseeds #acupressure #acupuncture #aqu #aquwellness #aloyoga #pacificpalisades

But is the hype actually real? We asked the experts and turns out they’re pretty divided. Though there are claims of health benefits, the science does not back up the hype.

Here's what you need to know.

What are ear seeds and where do they come from?
Ear seeding, a form of auriculotherapy, draws inspiration from the ancient Chinese tradition of acupuncture and acupressure, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Its goal is to stimulate the reflex centers of the brain to relax the nervous system.

"The ears hold a reflexology map just like the hands and feet," Mona Dan, acupuncturist and founder of Vie Healing, an acupuncture spa and clinic based in Los Angeles, told "Good Morning America."

Vie Healing 24K gold ear seed kit.Vie Healing 24K gold ear seed kit.
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I've had ear seed therapy. It was iritating. But maybe that was because I didn't have 24K gold ear seeds. :rolleyes: