What happens in a treatment session?
Before treatment starts you will be asked a number of questions, such as the nature of your condition, if you are on any medication, etc. from this a protocol will be devised by the practitioner and very fine, sterile, single-use needles are then inserted into specific points on the ear.
Once in place the needles can remain inserted for between 15 to 30 minutes. There may be some bleeding when the needles are removed but this is only minimal, bleeding is seen as beneficial as it lets out the "bad" chi.
How does auricular acupuncture work?
A typical Traditional Chinese Medicine view is that energy or chi/Qi flows through the body along meridians. Small areas located at certain points along these meridians are energetically connected to specific parts of the body. Illness or pain is a sign of a blockage or restriction to the flow of energy. The insertion of a needle into a precise area, restores the balance of energy flow and encourages the bodies natural healing properties.
Who can benefit from auricular acupuncture?
Some people use it for specific symptoms as they feel it helps them either live with or get over a certain condition. Others use it simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation recognises the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including frozen shoulder, sciatica, lower back pain, headache, migraine, digestive disorders, to name a few.
How safe is it?
Surveys published in the British Medical Journal have stated that serious adverse reactions to acupuncture are less than 1 in 10,000 – far fewer than most other alternative treatments. You might experience minor side-effects, such as dizziness or light bruising, but these are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.
How frequently should I be treated?
Some effect may be noticed after just one treatment, however, two or three treatments may be necessary. Some people prefer to have a continual program and find benefit of monthly session.
Auricular therapy should not take the place of acute orthodox medical care in life threatening situations.