By Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC
What Is Auricular Therapy
Auricular acupuncture is considered a microsystem while the ear is a microcosm of the whole anatomical body. The head is represented by the lower ear lobe, the feet are at the top of the ear and the rest of the body is in between. This is one of the more widely used microsystem therapies used in eastern medicine.
Since auricular acupuncture allows for every part of the external ear to connect through the microsystem to every part of the body, many conditions can be treated using only a few very tiny needles. I generally needle at least one ear point for relaxation per treatment and commonly utilize a combination of ear points for producing feelings of inner calm, and for treating pain, hormone imbalance, nausea, chronic illness, addiction, PTSD, and high blood pressure.
The NADA Protocol
Auricular acupuncture became increasingly recognized in 1972 when a neurosurgeon discovered that acupuncture alleviated withdrawal symptoms in opiate dependent patients who were undergoing surgical analgesia for other disorders. It is now used successfully in the treatment of addictions and behavioral health issues including stress and trauma.
The ear in the above photo shows the NADA protocol, standing for “National Acupuncture Detoxification Association”, an internationally recognized treatment protocol using auricular acupuncture. NADA helps detoxify the body while calming and balancing the body-mind. The above protocol includes points for the lung, kidney, parasympathetic nervous system, liver, and mind-body inner calm (shenmen).
- Reduced cravings (chemical, food, etc.)
- Stress relief and emotional balancing
- Elevates mood and feelings of well being
- Improved energy
- Discovery of inner calm and grounding
- Can help PTSD symptoms
- Sleep and digestion improvement
- Improved intention for recovery
What To Expect
The NADA protocol involves five fine sterile acupuncture needles in each ear. Treatment time is approximately 25 - 45 minutes, for 2 – 3 treatments per week during recovery and craving cessation. During treatment you do not need to talk. You are encouraged to rest mindfully or to take a nap while the pins do their work. Additional points may be added on the head or body to support individual health concerns.
Your self-responsibility to your health and well being is critical for success. To compliment acupuncture treatments clinical counselling and diet and lifestyle modifications are encouraged.
Please visit www.vcaspa.com to book online or call 250-590-4341. To learn more about my acupuncture practice, follow @hayley_stobbs on Instagram.
In health & happiness,
Hayley Stobbs R.Ac.