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auricular acupuncture

A type of acupuncture once practised in China and recently revitalised; acupuncture needles are inserted in various highly specific sites in the auricle where, according to its advocates, there are over 200 acupuncture points that may affect any diseased part of the body.

auriculotherapy (·rik·y·lō·the·r·pē),

n a form of acupuncture in which needles are placed in various portions of the ear to affect the person. It postulates body correlates on the ear, so a treatment performed upon the ear will have effects on the reflected body part. See also acupuncture and reflexology.


the most highly developed regional acupuncture therapy in humans but an undeveloped field in animals.
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Her topics include the anatomical terminology of auricular medicine, the clinical energetics of the ear points, ear diagnosis and morphology, multiple uses of auricular points, and ethical issues.
Determination of neurohormones in humans had been both indirect using auricular medicine techniques and direct from cerebral spinal fluid, serum, and lymph fluids as well as fresh non-pathological biopsies of peripheral tissues.
First International Congress on Acupuncture and Auricular Medicine , Mallorca, Spain.