Category: Acupuncture Courses

Positioning of Patients in Auricular Acupuncture

| July 17, 2011 | 1 Comment | 202 views
Positioning of Patients in Auricular Acupuncture

  Ear acupuncture can be administered in a sitting or a reclining position. I follow these general guidelines.

  • If the ear is to be needled or bled, I have the patient lie down, as the manipulation of Qi and Blood can make the patient feel weak or faint.

  • If more gentle modalities, such as pellets or seeds, are part of the “take-home” treatment, the therapy may be applied while the patient is sitting or reclining. The position depends upon what is comfortable to the patient or where the practitioner is in the treatment when the seeds are applied (i.e., at the beginning or the end of treatment).

  The conditions for successful treatment of the patient can be achieved by proper positioning of patients as well as adherence to the prohibitions listed above.

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Side Effects in Auricular Acupuncture

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Side Effects in Auricular Acupuncture

Occasionally, following ear acupuncture treatment, the ear may develop an adverse skin reaction. Every precaution must be taken to avert any skin inflammation as a result of the ear treatment

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Pain and Other Variables in Auricular Acupuncture

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Pain and Other Variables in Auricular Acupuncture

  One of the chief indications for auriculoacupuncture is the remediation of pain. If the underlying etiology of that pain is not addressed with Oriental or Western therapeutics, pain relief may only be temporary and even dangerous.

  Noted auricular acupuncturist Paul Nogier provides a list of other disorders for which he claims ear acupuncture is contraindicated. He warns not to use for “neuroleptics; if there is vertebral blockage as in the case of disc herniation; for paralysis; and if the patient has a permanent scar condition.”1

  Likewise, Helmut Kropej has a set of what he calls absolute contraindications for ear therapy. He cautions not to use ear acupuncture for the following conditions: “Pain that necessitates surgery, demyelinating diseases,treatment of the thalamus and inner genitals during pregnancy, and all congenital disorders in which the spinal cord is mainly affected.” He furthers maintains that hormonally active points during menstruation should not be used.2 I have not found the latter to be a problem.

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Special Considerations in Auricular Acupuncture

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Special Considerations in Auricular Acupuncture

Use ear acupuncture with caution on patients who have poor wound-healing capacity, such as immunocompromised patients who are prone to infection

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Skin Problems in Auricular Acupuncture

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Skin Problems in Auricular Acupuncture

Avoid applying ear modalities to rashes, moles, scars, skin reconstructed through plastic surgery, irritated ear skin, frostbitten skin, ear abrasions, or other skin breakouts in the ear

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Pregnancy in Auricular Acupuncture

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Pregnancy in Auricular Acupuncture

  In my opinion and that of many other practitioners, auricular acupuncture on a pregnant woman is absolutely forbidden. Because of the strong manner in which the ear moves Qi and Blood, an unwanted miscarriage could ensue from the use of ear acupuncture. The ear can be used to promote the health of the woman who wishes to become pregnant and to help her recover after delivery, but it is very risky to use during the gestation period. As a result I do not treat pregnant women with ear modalities, but there are those who disagree with this contraindication.

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Cautions and contraindications in Auricular Acupuncture

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Cautions and contraindications in Auricular Acupuncture

To review conditions under which ear acupuncture is either contraindicated or where caution should be used to prevent harm to the patient

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Points on the posterior aspect of the ear

| July 14, 2011 | 1 Comment | 433 views
Points on the posterior aspect of the ear

Vagus: This is a strong point to regulate functions and organs of the Middle Jiao, which is where the vagus nerve largely supplies.

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Points of the antihelix

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Points of the antihelix

Toe: For diverse toe problems, such as fractures, bunions, hammertoes, arthritis, and other traumatic disorders, this point can be used.

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Points of the antitragus

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Points of the antitragus

Dingchuan: Analogous to the body point Dingchuan on the back of the neck (0.5 cun lateral to GV 14 – Dazhui), this is another very powerful point to assist in stop wheezing

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