Men and women alike have been piercing their ears for cosmetic and ritualistic purposes since time immemorial. Earlobes are a natural place to enhance with ornamentation and indeed, humans have been doing so since before the beginning of recorded history. Across the world, in many cultures throughout time, earrings have been used to denote cultural identity or tribal affiliation or to indicate status. But most of the time, earrings have been so popular because of their decorative function. Ornamentation is much more than a matter of aesthetics. Earrings sit near the face, where most of us look while speaking to someone, so they're an immediate indicator of someone's rank, social status, sense of style, or wealth.
Earring Therapy is one branch of Auricular Therapy (also known as Auriculotherapy and Ear Acupuncture) that stimulates ear acupressure points by wearing specially designed spring loaded acupressure earring (US patent no. 8,122,739) at the various reflex points in the auricle. It was invented by licensed acupuncturist, Nam W. Jeon, in an effort to find a simple and easy way to apply Ear Reflexology Therapy to complement treating various disorders.
What is Auricular Therapy?
Auricular Therapy is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem of a whole body, meaning the entire body is represented in the ear in a similar manner as hand and foot reflexology. Acupressure points in the auricle of the external ear is utilized to alleviate pain and treat functional disorders.
History of Auricular Therapy
The Chinese found a close relationship between the ear and body. Auricular diagnostic and therapeutic methods were first documented in Nei Ching written around 200 B.C. Application of auricular therapy has been practiced in China since Jin dynasty (265 - 420 A.D.) French Dr. Paul Nogier discovered the inverted fetus shape distribution pattern of auricular points in 1950's. In 1982 Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association formulated International Standard of Auricular Points (ISAP) at the request of the World Health Organization.
How does it work?
When disorder exists in the body, the corresponding reflex point in the ear becomes tender. By stimulating this point with an acupuncture needle, ear tack, ear pellet, or acupressure earring, a therapeutic effect can be achieved to alleviate or to treat certain disorders.
What can be helped?
The following are an example of disorders that acupressure earring can be used in conjunction with normal acupuncture treatment: Pain (acute and chronic), Addictions, Weight Loss, Allergies, Headaches, Panic Attack, Anxiety, Depression, Asthma, Low sex drive, PTSD, ADD-ADHD, OCD, Hypertension, etc.
Acupressure earring is not made to treat or cure any disorder. The information on this website is provided for the introductory information of auricular therapy. People with health concerns should consult with health care professionals.