The location of 100 common Ear Acupuncture

| July 4, 2011 | 0 Comments | 3,505 views

Objective
  • To master the 100 common points of the ear in an easy fashion by organizing the points within each anatomical zone in relation to each other (Chinese Auricular Acupuncture)

  Introduction
  According to various authors, there are several hundred ear acupuncture points and more are being discovered through clinical research. Different authors have different preferred points. The 100 points I favor are those most commonly used in contemporary China and depicted on common ear maps, which I have modified through my own clinical experience. In the 20 years I have practiced, using the points and charts that comprise this book, I have never needed to consult another ear chart to find new points in order to address a diagnosis. The simple Chinese ear map has always met my needs of providing accurate, efficient, and effective healthcare for my patients.

  As a microsystem, almost all anatomical sites, visceral organs, and system parts are represented on the ear. Points are conventionally named according to the organ, body part, or physiological role that they play in the body. If a point is not found on the ear map, you can always infer where that point location might be. For instance, if the patient has a charley horse in his or her calf and there is no calf point in the ear map system, one can predict that the calf point would be midway between the ankle point and the knee point, just as the calf actually is midway between the knee and the ankle on the leg.

  Figure 3.1 and Figure 3.2 depict the left ear and right ear (respectively) of a patient. As individuals, patients have variations in auricular size and shape, but the ear parts or zones are present on all ears unless there is a

Figure 3.1 Contemporary Chinese ear map (left ear)

Figure 3.1 Contemporary Chinese ear map (left ear)

  through a familiarity with the 21 anatomical ear zones. The instructions on how to locate points are found below. Some points are small in size, while others are larger; these are described as areas.

  For clinician convenience, three tables are provided for the reader. In Table 3.1, the 100 points are first distributed according to anatomical zone.

Figure 3.2 Ear points of the right ear

Figure 3.2 Ear points of the right ear

  Next, they are assigned numbers. These numbers are the same numbers assigned to each point in Figure 3.1 and Figure 3.2. For instance, by looking at this chart, the reader can see all of the points that are found in the cavum concha, such as Point 36, the Heart.

  Table 3.2 is a handy alphabetical index of ear acupuncture point names. If looking for the Heart point, for example, simply look it up alphabetically

Table 3.1 Ear Point Location by Number

Acupuncture points Index (pinyin name)

Points of the Triangular Fossa (G)
Points of the Lobe (P)
  • 11 Upper Teeth
  • 12 Tongue
  • 13 Jaw
  • 14 Lower Teeth
  • 15 Eye
  • 16 Inner Ear
  • 17 Helix 5
  • 18 Tonsil
  • 19 Helix 6
  • 20 Insomnia
Points of the Tragus (J)
  • 21 Thirst
  • 22 External Nose
  • 23 Hunger
  • 24 Internal Nose
  • 25 Adrenal
Points of the Scaphoid Fossa (O)
  • 26 Wrist
  • 27 Finger
  • 28 Allergy
  • 29 Shoulder
  • 30 Elbow
  • 31 Clavicle
  • 32 Shoulder Joint
  • 33 Thyroid
  • 34 Nephritis
Points of the Cavum Concha (H)
  • 35 Mouth
  • 36 Heart
  • 37 Trachea
  • 38 Upper Lung
  • 39 Lower Lung
  • 40 Esophagus
  • 41 Cardiac Sphincter
  • 42 Stomach
  • 43 Liver
  • 44 Hepatitis
  • 45 Relax Muscle
  • 46 Spleen
  • 47 Srzzzjuzo
Points of the Cymba Concha (I)
  • 48 Duodenum
  • 49 Small Intestine
  • 50 Large Intestine
  • 51 Appendix
  • 52 Bladder
  • 53 Kidney
  • 54 Ureters
  • 55 Pancreas/Gallbladder

Points of the Helix and Crus of Helix (A&B)
  • 56 Diaphragm
  • 57 Lower Portion of the Rectum
  • 58 Hemorrhoids
  • 59 Common Cold
  • 60 Ear Apex
  • 61 Helix 1
  • 62 Helix 2
  • 63 Helix 3
  • 64 Helix 4
Points of the Antitragus and Intertragic Notch (L&M)
  • 65 Dingchuan
  • 66 Brain
  • 67 Occiput
  • 68 Temple
  • 69 Forehead
  • 70 Brainstem
  • 71 Eye 1
  • 72 Eye 2
  • 73 Raise Blood Pressure
  • 74 Ovaries/Testes
  • 75 Endocrine
Points of the Superior Antihelix Crus (D)
  • 76 Toe
  • 77 Heel
  • 78 Ankle
  • 79 Knee
  • 80 Lumbago
Points of the Inferior Antihelix Crus (E)
  • 81 Sciatic Nerve
  • 82 Ischium
  • 83 Buttocks
Points of the Lower Antihelix Crus (F)
  • 84 Abdomen
  • 85 Chest
  • 86-87 Mammary Glands
  • 88 Neck
  • 89 Throat and Teeth
  • 90 Sacral Vertebrae
  • 91 Lumbar Vertebrae
  • 92 Thoracic Vertebrae
  • 93 Cervical Vertebrae
Points on the Back of the Ear (U)
  • 94 Vagus Root
  • 95 Upper Back
  • 96 Middle Back
  • 97 Lower Back
  • 98 Lower Blood Pressure Groove
  • 99 Superior Root of Ear
  • 100 Spinal Cord 1

  and you can see that it is number 36; it is also found in the cavum concha, which is designated by the prefix H. The H references the cavum concha in the Anatomical Ear Zone Location list.

  Finally, Table 3.3 lists the points within areas of the ear by letter and number. For instance, if you were looking at the ear map and you saw a point on the helix and its number was 58, you could combine that information and use this chart to see that A58 is the Hemorrhoids point.

  As a general orientation to the ear, Henry Liu maintains that “the external ear is like a dynamic hologram.”1 That hologram was described by Paul

  Nogier, who contended that there is a resemblance between the distribution of auricular points and the fetus in an inverted position. Thus, the head and its structures are located on the lobe; the organs are found in the conchas; and the toes, heels, and ankles (points of the lower limbs) are in the upper part of the ear; etc. This conceptualization provides us with a basic orientation to the positioning of ear points.

  While there is a high degree of correspondence between the point locations of both systems advanced by the Chinese and by Nogier, there are some differences. Nogier’s system tends to emphasize the organization of the points more by the nervous system than by the meridian system.2 He locates some of the points in different places from the Chinese map, such as the Heart, Kidney, Spleen, and Adrenal points. His system can be consulted if the reader chooses. However, there are more similarities than differences.

  As a reminder, please note that the purpose of this book is not to illustrate or reconcile the differences between the Chinese vs. Nogier systems. My strength and specialty is the particular Chinese ear map and, hopefully, the ability to make ear acupuncture medicine uncomplicated for the practitioner.

  With the 100 most common ear points locations, it is best to begin with Shenmen because it the most important point in the ear. Since it is located in the triangular fossa, I start by numbering the points within the triangular fossa. In addition to the point location descriptions, clinical tips for locating some of these points are presented where relevant.

  

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