Auriculotherapy (Ear Acupuncture) can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, but is particularly useful as a detoxification treatment. It is based on the idea that the ear is a microcosm which reflects the entire body on the outer portion of the ear. Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of a patient are treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively. It has become a widely accepted form of treatment for addiction and is a helpful tool for people trying to quit smoking or who are trying to lose weight.
Tiny needles may be placed in the ear during an acupuncture session or press balls may be applied and worn for a few days. Gentle pressure applied by the patient on these press balls can stimulate points after an acupuncture treatment. Sarah Johnson L. Ac. is certified in the advanced skills in the practice of Auriculotherapy by The Auriculotherapy Certification Institute (ACI) in California.