Watch the Teishin Institute CD Introduction
In the 1950s, Paul Nogier noticed that a local healer, Mme. Barrin in Lyon, France, was treating sciatica by cauterizing an area of the ear. This prompted him to posit a one-to-one mapping between points on the ear and the rest of the body. Nogier said that the ear has the shape of an inverted fetus, with the anatomic regions of the fetus corresponding to specific zones of the ear. Nogier believed that pain in any part of the body could be relieved by needling, cauterizing, massaging or electrically stimulating the corresponding region of the ear. Nogier called this process auriculotherapy.
Many variant auriculotherapy maps exist. Nogier first proposed that areas of the ear correspond to parts of the body, a somatotopic map with the body appearing on the ear as an inverted fetus, with the head towards the lower lobule, the feet at the uppermost portion of the auricle, and the body in between. He subsequently produced three further "phase" diagrams providing additional and alternative sets of stimulation locations, in which the part or parts of the ear considered to represent a specific organ varies significantly depending on the "phase" of the ailment.
Duration: 8 hours
With so much focus on quick, cheap and effective treatment for pain and stress, auricular therapy holds special significance and promise for the practitioner who seeks a meaningful role in 21st century healthcare. As an adjunct to regular meridian work on the body, auricular therapy holds some additional advantages for treating multiple patients in short-order.
Clear understanding of the most useful point-combinations and theories for their use is an essential skill for any practitioner looking to grow their practice by demonstrating the tremendous contribution of TCM to modern medicine in today's healthcare situation.
Goals: Students will learn to:
- Explain in their own words the latest biomedical research substantiating the efficacy of auricular therapy
- Cite and obtain medical research on auricular therapy and its efficacy
- Demonstrate good fundamental skills in diagnosis and treatment using auricular therapy
- Demonstrate proper point location using teishin, electric point stimulation and laser stimulation