Ear Acupuncture Background and Philosophy

Auricular (Ear) acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and is based on ‘The Five Elements Theory’. It has been used in the west since the 1950’s and has been found to have beneficial results in health care.



The Five Elements theory understands that wood, fire, earth, metal and water are the basic elements of the material world. These elements are in constant movement and change. In traditional Chinese medicine Five Elements theory is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment.



Modern ear acupuncture is based on the work of the French Physician Dr Paul Nogier. He discovered over 200 ear acupuncture points in the ear. These points were then verified by research carried out in China.



In Chinese medicine the external surface of the ear is seen as an upside down foetus. Each organ/part of the body is represented within the ear. By inserting needles into these regions any blocked energy (qi) can start to move freely again. This reduces both physical and emotional illnesses and helps to balance the overall energies in the body