35. Mouth: The mouth point can be used to increase or decrease appetite. It is commonly used along with point #20, Hunger, in weight loss and stop smoking protocols to reduce both appetite and oral fixation. The Mouth point is also referred to as “the Antifatigue point.” Because the Mouth point is located in a very tender area of the ear, stimulating the Mouth point is invigorating. This factor accounts for the point’s effectiveness in counteracting fatigue. Additionally, Mouth point stimulates appetite or the desire for food. The increase in fuel that comes from food consumption increases energy. This point can also be used to treat mouth problems, such as ulcers, canker sores, and deviation of the mouth. Mouth point can also have an invigorating effect if a dispersion technique is applied, so be aware that the Mouth point is contraindicated when one is treating fatigue that accompanies insomnia as it can keep the patient awake.
36. Heart: This point can be used for all Heart problems in both Oriental and Western diagnosis. Western diagnostic conditions would include tightness in the chest, palpitations, angina, circulation problems, hypertension, mitral valve prolapse, and stroke. Chinese diagnostic problems include all of the above as well as memory and concentration problems, emotional problems, anxiety, restlessness, and psychological disturbances, easy daytime sweat, and insomnia. Because the Heart is the Supreme Controller in Oriental medicine
and moves the Qi and the Blood, the Heart point can also be used to control pain by moving Stagnant Qi and Blood in the body. Heart point is also effective in treating eye problems because in Oriental medicine the Heart has an internal pathway or “eye system” that runs from the Heart to the eye.
37. Trachea: This point treats breathing, cough, constriction of the throat, speech problems, and other problems of the trachea.
38. Upper Lung: Upper Lung is essential in all respiratory problems, such as shortness of breath, asthma, bronchitis, swollen glands, common cold, flu, and sore throat. From the Chinese perspective, Lung is the master of the Qi. Therefore, Upper Lung is a primary point for increasing energy and moving the Qi. This is the identical reason why it has been found clinically to be the major point in withdrawal symptoms because it improves and regulates systemic energy thereby contributing to a feeling of well being.
Some sources say, the Upper Lung point corresponds to the opposite Lung (contralateral lung), and the Lower Lung point corresponds to the Lung on the same side of the body as the ear (ipsilaterallung). For instance, when looking at the left ear of a patient, the Upper Lung point corresponds to the right lung and the Lower Lung point corresponds to the left lung. I do not use them as pertaining to the right or the left sides.
39. Lower Lung: Lower Lung can be used similarly to Upper Lung to enhance Lung function. It can be selected if the patient needs to breathe more deeply or if the patient’s problem is in the lower part of the Lung. I use it this way, as well as when ear pathology is present on this point or to reinforce the action of the Upper Lung.
Some sources suggests, you may use the Lower Lung point in the ear to treat the Lung on the same side of the body as the side of the ear being treated; that is, select the Lower Lung point in the left ear to treat the left lung and the Lower Lung point in the right ear to treat the right lung.
Note: The Lung points are sometimes called the Dermis points. They are major dermatological points for urticaria, reducing inflammation and irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, and promoting healing because the Lung dominates the skin and mucus membranes.
This includes the internal mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat, stomach, and other locations. As a result, Lung points are primary, clinically effective points for stomach and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and other internal abrasions. 40. Esophagus: The Esophagus point is used for treating difficulty in swallowing, acid reflux disease (esophageal reflux), acid regurgitation, and other esophageal problems.
41. Cardiac Sphincter: This is a very powerful point used to regulate the cardiac sphincter, which is the upper orifice of the stomach. If the sphincter is incompetent, acid from the stomach can enter the esophagus and lead to acid reflux disease.
42. Stomach: This point treats Stomach ulcers, gastralgia, dyspepsia, vomiting, nausea, and other Stomach problems. According to Oriental medicine, the Stomach assists in the rottening and ripening of the food, thus contributing to the formation of Qi and Blood. The Stomach point resolves Dampness and Phlegm. It is used in weight loss protocols to reduce appetite. Shenmen and the Lung points have also been found to be core points in treating weight problems for the reasons discussed above.
43. Liver: Liver is an important ear point used for all clinical energetics pertaining to the Liver in Chinese medicine. Liver point is used to move Qi Stagnation and Blood Stagnation, build Blood, and nourish Yin. Treating the Liver point benefits the eyes, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. It is a major point for facilitating digestion and for regulating hormonal and menstrual function. It treats stress, depression, migraines, hepatitis, spasm, convulsions, pain, and other symptoms that are a result of Liver dysfunction.
44. Hepatitis: This Hepatitis point, located within the cavum concha, specifically within the Liver area, is an additional point that can be used to treat the difficult disease of hepatitis that is common in China as well as a rising health problem throughout the world.
45. Relax Muscle: This point, located within the Liver area, is especially good for encouraging muscular relaxation. Pain comes from stagnation
and stagnation can lead to muscular tension. Therefore, Relax Muscle is an important point for relieving pain. Relax muscle is a central point in any pain treatment strategy for muscular pain, such as menstrual cramps or back pain. Relax Muscle is also good for tension and relaxation in general. Like Gallbladder 34 (Yanglinguan)
in the body (the Influential Point that dominates the Muscles), Relax Muscle is an auricular point that treats muscular pain.
46. Spleen: This point can be used to treat any Spleen syndrome in Oriental medicine, such as Spleen Qi and Yang deficiency, or Spleen Qi Deficiency with Repletion of Dampness, Blood production, problems of the muscles, abdominal distention, and lethargy.
The Spleen point assists in the production of white blood cells, thereby enhancing immune function. The Spleen point is an important point in the regulation of digestion, assuming the function of absorption of food that is assigned to the Small Intestine in Western medicine.
47. Sanjiao (Triple Warmer): This point connects all three Jiaos. In Oriental medicine, the Triple Warmer assists in the regulation of water passageways such that the Sanjiao point eliminates excess Water or Damp,thereby treating edema. Sanjiao is also the theoretical construct used to explain the production of Qi, Blood, and body fluid that become the Essential Substances (Qi, Blood, Jinye). Thus, the Sanjiao point facilitates digestion and distributes the Essential Substances to the entire body.
In this way the Sanjiao point strengthens immunity and can be used to fight off exogenous evils. The point also treats constipation.
Interestingly, clinical studies have found it to be an effective point for relaxation, and in the treatment of anxiety and psychosomatic disorders.3
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