In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is designed to restore the natural flow of one’s life force energy, or qi. This 3,000-year-old technique pricks the skin with needles at strategic points throughout the body in order to alleviate any tension caused by the disruption or blockage of qi. Reasons for this range from mental to physical health-related conditions.
While many are familiar with body acupuncture, auriculotherapy is a specific type of acupuncture that targets the outer parts of the ear. Considered to be a microcosm of the body according to Chinese medicine, the ears consist of over 200 acupressure points that can aid in balancing the mind and body. A study found that auriculotherapy is able to target a plethora of conditions such as migraines, chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and one’s overall well-being.