Healing • Ear Acupuncture – SRS
Think of our body is a complex, elastic vessel that contains a flow of colorless, transparent qi circulating within all the time. The outside forces, from nature (weather, temperature, etc) to material possession, to emotional influence, can affect the flowing stream. Once the qi is disrupted, it affects the regulation of organ systems, so health problems may arise. This is the basic understanding of TCM.
But when one force exists, there will be another force lives to balance.
Our body has an intricate, fascinating point system as activation within for balancing the disruptive changes when necessary. This point system is acupuncture points and the exact reason why this system existed in the first place remains unknown.
Bits of history
Acupuncture is now a well-known medical treatment in both eastern and western cultures. But an alternate method of acupuncture needs more attention because of its convenient and effective characteristics. Ear acupuncture is an economical and extremely self-help healing tool in our lifetime.
As early as the Spring and Autumn Period in ancient China, doctors had already advocated, “The ear, is the gathering place of all meridian.” in their original texts: 「耳者，宗脈之所聚也」.
The earliest text that established the connection between the ear and organs via the meridian system came from Huangdi Neijing.
Although it had been adopted by Chinese doctors, this method was not a dominant practice despite its usefulness.
It wasn’t until the mid-20 century, Ear acupuncture was finally gained recognition through a French doctor, Paul Nogier. Nogier’s work was significant because it formalised auricular medicine with a system based on his lifetime of research. He pushed auricular acupuncture forward globally, in which the old days would otherwise be impossible. Thanks to him, more researches are being conducted and more clinics perform this alternate healing treatment to their patients.
Ear acupuncture simulates the specific points on the ear to promote healing in other areas of the body and revitalise qi that experiencing a blockage.
Although hair-thin needles are used for treatment, ear acupuncture can also be performed with lasers, magnetic pen, seeds, or finger pressure.
This article will be focusing on magnetic pen use and how it affects our body when we perform a treatment on ourselves. It’s because getting a magnetic pen, although it’s cheap, is the most economical way to regulate and maintain our body’s health in a long run, along with consistent efforts and good determination.
So How Magnetic Pen Works:
First, we need to understand that our cells are specialised to conduct electrical currents.
The nervous system needs electricity to send signals throughout the brain and body, making it possible for us to move, think, and feel.
To make the electricity happen, our bodies need the specific electrical charge of minerals (like calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, etc) to conduct and produce billions of tiny electrical impulses. The electrical charge happens when minerals dissolve in water, they separate into positive and negative ions. The ions are the force for our cells to generate electricity.
A cell membrane serves as a protective layer, like a castle wall, for the contents of the cell and only allow certain substances access and reach the cell interior. While acting as a barrier to molecules, it is also a way for the cell to generate electrical currents.
The slight imbalance of ions between inside the cell and the outside environment makes it possible for the cell membrane to open the gate and allow charged ions flowing in and out. The flow of charges across the cell membrane is what generates electrical current (Meaning it’s like tiny particles drifting in a single direction).
The ion channels, also known as proteins, sit across the cell surface acting as the doors to accept certain ions to pass through. Since resting cells are negatively charged on the inside, the ion channels open for more positive charges to enter the cell. As the inside of the cell becomes more positively charged, the electrical currents can turn into electrical impulses, also known as “action potentials”.
*For those of you who don’t know the differences between electrical current and electrical impulses, here is the explanation.
– Think of electrical current is like a group of tiny particles drifting in a single direction, it’s a present of movements we’re talking about.
Whilst electrical impulses are the potential that reaches enough “power level” and ready to go from one point to another.
The electrical impulses travel very fast. They allow for a nearly instantaneous response through the nervous system. We basically rely on these tiny impulses to survive. Take being chased by a lion, for example, if we have relied on the movements of chemicals, we’d be the delicious meal by the time the signal reached to our heart. And by the way, think of how our synapses “firing” and the nervous system sending “signals” to the brain and the rest of the body, without them we can’t even think.
So the mechanism of our body is sophisticated and yet, quite straightforward.
What’s more, these electrical impulses can also affect the meridian system, as the result of ion conduction. For more information.
The newer alternate needle-free acupuncture is to use a magnetic pen to create some sort of impulses to simulate certain regions around the meridians for specific purposes.
Since electrical impulses can be generated through multiple sources either it’s from a natural cause or man-made, the magnetic pen can release an electrical impulse to stimulate meridian and acupuncture points by pressing the pen to the correct areas on the ear.
To put it simply, the impulses are to restructure the ion proportions, simulate our meridian to run smoother. To eliminate the blockage that exists on a particular acupuncture point or within its organ system.
So now, let’s take a look at the ear acupuncture points.
Acupuncture Points In The Ear:
** ^This is a super simplified version.
With the achievement of Paul Nogier, the TCM experts across the globe had remarked more than 220 acupuncture points for treatment, in which the list is being updated with times when more and more researches are being conducted and published. These points are all related to certain organs, hormones, and systems inside of us.
An easy way to look at the ear acupuncture points picture is to think of an inverted fetus, like resting in the womb; where the head towards the lobe, feet towards the upper rim of the ear, and body in the middle.
Now, the ear is divided by 12 parts for their corresponding inner bodies. If you can read in Chinese, here is the rhyming words for you: 「 一 垂 二 輪 三 凹 ， 一 舟 二 屏 三 跡 」.
The rhyming words captured the characteristics of the ear parts unique appearances. For example, the earlobe looks falling, so it labels as one falls, whilst the concha cavum, cymba and fossa triangularis look like they curve inward, so they’ve got the name as three concaves.
These 12 parts are to specify regions for TCM doctors to locate the problems and corresponding organs when performing an acupuncture session. If you look closely, some parts are focused more on the shoulders and arms, while others are targeting the stomach and intestines.
Here is the table for your reference:
|The parts divided location:||Corresponding to our bodies when penned down:||Symptoms can be treated:|
|1 is Earlobe||Head area: including teeth, tongue, mouth, eyes etc||Toothache, eye degeneration, facial skin problems, stomatitis, stroke aphasia etc|
|2 is Helix||Anus, urethra, external genital organs||Incontinence, diarrhea, nocturia,vaginitis,balanitis, impotence etc|
|3 is Opposite helix||From cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines to knee joints etc||Torticollis, intercostal nerve pain, lumbar muscle strain, sciatic nerve pain etc|
|4 is Concha cavum||Trachea,lung, heart||bronchitis, palpitations, insomnia and swollen tongue, sore throat, cough, asthma, pneumonia|
or skin problems like eczema etc
|5 is Concha cymba||From kidney(s) to bladder to stomach, intestines etc||Urinary system inflammation, kidney stone, hair loss, premature ejaculation, stomachache, ulcer|
weak limbs, swollen eye bags, malnutrition, liver cirrhosis, gallstone, depression, diabetes etc
|6 is Fossa triangularis||Associated with genital organs system, like uterus.||Menstrual pain, amenorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease etc|
|7 is Scapha||Clavicle, shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger etc||Shoulder pain, lateral shoulder pain, sprained wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatism etc|
|8 is Tragus and Antitragus||The nose system||Insensitivity, sinusitis, sore throat, cough, dizziness|
|9 is Intertragal notch||Subcortical functions||Parkinson’s disease, alzheimer, forgetful, pediatric traumatic brain injury, coma shock, insomnia, gastroptosis, uterine prolapse etc|
**Generally speaking, it requires more than one acupuncture point to target the specific case and it needs to take Chinese Medicine to enhance the
*The last three parts aren’t as important as the first nine parts so they are omitted in this article.
**This picture serves as location map for you to recognise the names and where they are, the numbers are incorrect from mine.
Now, with the magnetic pen, and knowing where to find the right organs to target, you can heal yourself too.
So How to implement?
1) Have a magnetic pen
2) find a comfortable place
3) Know which acupuncture points are going to help you
4) Do them
*But please! Do your research or study acupuncture, and/or consult TCM doctor(s) before taking any action! 🙂
When to implement?
- It’s not restricted to a certain phrase of the day. Whenever you feel it needed to be done. But if it fits the meridian clocks, it might be helpful. I usually do it before I sleep nevertheless. One thing to note is that too many ear acupuncture sessions in a day will only make you wearier as the body needs time to “heal” itself.
For how long?
- 5 ~ 10 ~20 minutes usually. If there is more free time, a full session of 45 minutes or even an hour is also good.
Tip(s) for during it:
- Although there are no rules about not doing other things while receiving an ear acupuncture session, it’s better to be relaxed and feel the healing process with nothing going on with your mind and hands.
- Try to target certain organs rather than initiate the session with spared spots. Like if you’re going to focus on the heart and stomach, then target their points to enhance the effect instead of doing a shoulder point and then switch to another body part, if possible.
- Normally, you can only do so many points before the session ends, as doing one point takes sometimes. So it’s better to do about 2~ 3 sets and be specific about your choice.
- To be painless, and have a good, vital body.
The ear is our health mirror. It’s the proof of health, and the best part about ear is that any damage we’ve ever made to our body reflects on the ear surface. A pair of record history books sit on our both side, listening to every thought floats and serving as the health prime minister. How awesome is that?
Besides the acupuncture points, the health of the ears needs to pay attention too, as it is a reflection of our organs’ health situation, every day. For example, when ears grow long hairs, it might be the heart that has been overworking a little.
So taking care of our body means every part of our body. Though it might sound a long road ahead with hard work, it isn’t. By simplifying one’s life and reducing the noises from the outside, he or she will find their healthy road that is constant but uncomplicated. It’s tranquil and spirited within.
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