Auriculotherapy (Ear Seeds) for Stress and to Promote Relaxation

Published on
November 3, 2021

Auriculotherapy works similarly to acupuncture therapy. Ear seeds are meant to promote the release of natural endorphins, "feel-good" chemicals in your body.

What are Ear Seeds?

Ear seeds are type of auriculotherapy; an alternative medicine technique rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine that focuses on areas in your ear. The tiny seeds are placed on your ear, in precise regions to serve as tiny acupressure tools.

Based on thousands of years of experience and modern-day techniques, ear acupuncture has been shown to promote comfort, reduce stress and relaxation. These days, patients commonly use ear seeds to naturally help with pain, addiction, anxiety, mental health issues and insomnia.

Ear seeds are usually applied by a Licensed Acupuncturists and held in place by waterproof tape and stay on your ears for 3-5 days. Often, ear seeds are applied along with acupuncture treatments to prolong the natural benefits of the acupuncture treatment and continue care between scheduled acupuncture visits. View recent blog for primary points on the ear used for quality sleep.

How do Ear Seeds Work?

Ear seeds are applied by Licensed Acupuncturists who place the seeds in specific regions of the ear for health concerns, often for stress and to help find relaxation.

Once the ear seeds are in place, the practitioner will direct you to stimulate or massage the ear seeds generally two to three times per day. A gentle pressure is essential to not over-stimulate or cause irritation of the ear.

More studies need to be done to understand how specific points in the ears effect certain conditions. What we do know is that the all-important Vagus nerve is stimulated at the ear. This nerve is often referred to as the ‘master regulator’, controlling many systems of the body, including internal organs and balancing the nervous system. Stimulating the inner portion of the ear, with acupuncture needles or ear seeds, can stimulate the Vagus nerve to promote the natural healing response and promote stress relief and relaxation.

At Modern Acupuncture, our Licensed Acupuncturists recommend the most effective treatment plans using Acupuncture and complimentary therapies to achieve the best health results. Many of our clinics are sharing the benefits of ear seeds with our patients and achieving great results.

Acupuncture Relieves Stress

Modern Acupuncture® is a natural stress relief solution and the leading provider of acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body, alleviating symptoms associated with stress.

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