Auricular Acupuncture is acupuncture that is done on the ear. Your ear is a “microcosm” of your body. That means your entire body can be treated from your ear. Your ear, being close to your brain, is very neurologically active. Ear acupuncture is often used to help people get off drugs. The acupuncture is done on certain NADA approved points to relieve addiction cravings. There are many acupuncture/drug treatment clinics in the world.
The same way acupuncture treats drug addiction, it can treat cigarette addiction. It can be more effective to treat the whole body though and take Chinese herbs. There are herbal formulas that treat anxiety and stress that will help relieve that in advance of smoking cessation.
I always have my patients take herbs and get acupuncture a while before they stop smoking. You want to clear out the heat that comes from smoking or it will make it harder to stop. Smoking relieves stress, so it is good to relieve stress with acupuncture before you add more stress from not smoking.
You can see from this chart that the inverted fetus is represented on your ear. People often ask me why there is a baby on the ear.. :) You can treat neck pain by putting ear seeds in the area that corresponds to the neck and pressing on them throughout the day.
It is very effective to use ear seeds. They are tiny pellets, either gold or silver that are on a small piece of tape that is placed on the area of the ear that is affected. The ear is also useful for insomnia. Ear Shen Men is effective to relax people and help calm the spirit.
Ear Shen men means “spirit gate”. That is used to address many emotional issues. It is also the starting point for most ear acupuncture. It is one of the most popular points used for stress.