There are as many as two hundred acupuncture points on the outer ear, each point named generally after areas of our anatomy, i.e. knees, hips, shoulders, liver, heart etc.
The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain. Each acupoint on the ear, when treated, triggers electrical impulses, from the ear, via the brain, to the specific area of the body that is being treated. Therefore if someone had a painful knee, for example, by treating the ‘knee’ acupoint on the ear, it would help alleviate the pain.
Auricular seeds may be placed on specific points and retained after patient receives a treatment, and staying in place for up to five days.
Common treatments are for drug rehabilitation, stop smoking, and weight loss (used in combination with body acupuncture).