What is Ear Acupuncture?

Ear acupuncture or auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions. This medical system emphasizes a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person. The acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body’s internal organs, structures, and functions.

Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear tacks. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks. Ear tacks are very small needles with an adhesive backing. Ear tacks are inserted into the ear and left in the ear for a few days or up to one week.


Ear Acupuncture for Detox and Addictions

Acupuncture detoxification is the use acupuncture on the outer ear as part of standard drug and alcohol detoxification programs as well as adjunct treatment for a variety of mental disorders. The technique, also referred to as acu-detox, the five-point protocol or the NADA protocol, is a part of addictions and mental health treatment in over 2000 programs around the world and is considered a “best practice” of addictions treatment in the United States and Canada.

This treatment combine needles, electric stimulation techniques applied on acupuncture points of the ear. Some treatments may include ear seeds to keep stimulation of specific acupuncture points after the treatment.


Benefit people fighting with addictions such as:

  • Alcohol
  • Tabaco
  • Food
  • Medications
  • Sleeping pills and antidepressants withdrawal symptoms
  • Marijuana
  • Recreational Drugs
  • Destructive behaviour and patterns

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