Acupuncture and Aromatherapy
Auricular acupuncture is a go-to wellness routine to reduce stress, anxiety and general well-being.
Every part of the external ear connects through the microsystem reflexes to every part of the body, allowing a wide variety of health and psychological problems to be relieved.
The ear acts like a switchboard to the brain. When a point on the ear is stimulated, it sends a signal to the brain, which is then transmitted to the area of the body being treated. Think about reflexology, but on ears.
The treatment effectively relieves joint pain, improves digestion and resistance to illness. It furthermore has a calming effect, relaxes muscles, increases energy and mental clarity, opens the heart and improves vitality, alleviates anxiety and nervousness, increases inspiration and will power, calms anger and aggression, improves immunity and soothes feelings of grief and trauma.
The 5 point Acudetox protocol also stimulates the detoxification of organs of the body, namely the kidneys, lungs and liver, to flush the system from emotional, chemical and environmental toxins.
Needles, seeds or magnets can be used to stimulate the points.
Vagus Nerve Activity
Auricular Acupuncture has been found to stimulate Vagus nerve activity. The Vagus nerve is the main component of the parasympathetic pathway aka rest and digest. The Vagus nerve connects the brain to the gut, heart, liver, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder, ureters, kidneys and almost all the other organs.
The needles used are not hypodermic, so they are not like the needles used to give an injection or to draw blood. These are tiny, round tipped needles that are not much thicker than a strand of hair. Typically, most people feel no pain at all.
Ear Seeds and Magnets
Ear seeds and magnets offer a painless, non-invasive treatment option. They can either be part of a broader acupuncture session using needles or alone.
Ear seeding or needling dates back thousands of years, it has now become very popular and widely used, especially among celebrities in the US, such as Penelope Cruz, Matt Damon, and Kate Moss, for the treatment of stress to back pain.
The Ear seeds or magnets consist of small little balls that are safe and natural, and held in place on the surface of the ear with adhesive tan tape. The seeds are made from the flowering vaccaria plant seed, the magnets have a strength of 800 gauss and are gold plated. They can be kept on the ear for a few days as they continue to work.
It is safe even for those with diabetes and haemophilia. Not suitable for individuals with a pace-maker, or during the third trimester of pregnancy.
About the Session
A session generally lasts an hour.
Includes needles, a body balance, seeds(if seeds are chosen instead of needles), magnets(if seeds are chosen instead of needles), and aromatherapy during your treatment to allow you to relax even deeper.
Ear seeds for specific points for weight loss anxiety neck pain can be added to prolong your treatment at R5 a seed. For stress and anxiety I recommend taking 1 seed for each ear on your Shen Men point. Seeds are placed on the point and can be kept on for a week after the session.
In Chinese medicine certain emotions affect corresponding organs and vice versa. Example fear affects the kidney, when you get fright your bladder momentarily weakens and you might wet your pants. Or you want to go just before you have to go on stage. When you sad and crying you might have some trouble breathing deeply. Worry effects the stomach or an upset stomach can make you feel uncomfortable. The points stimulated in the protocol is the following:
Shen Men: Reduces cravings, anxiety and insomnia
Sympathetic: Relaxes muscles, calms nervous system
Kidney: Clears blood, reduces fear provides access to emotional reserves
Liver: Helps detoxify reduces anger and emotions
Lungs: Helps detoxify, clears sadness helps restores joie de vivre