During an Auriculotherapy appointment small Acupuncture needles are inserted into a number of these points for approximately 15 - 30 minutes. During treatment, most patients feel relaxed and have a sense of wellbeing. Sometimes the patient can experience heat sensations on the corresponding part of the body that is being treated. 

Often, following treatment ‘ear seeds’ or retained ‘ear tacks’ will be applied to self-stimulate the acupuncture points, these can be kept on the point for up to 2 weeks to give longer benefit and allow the treatment to continue at home in-between visits.

These are small black seeds from the Vaccaria plant or small metal beads which are secured over the ear with hypoallergenic tape or a square plaster. These are safe to shower or bathe in. occasionally some people may experience throbbing, redness or itchiness to the plaster. This is an allergy. Remove the seed immediately.


*Caution is advised in people with hearing aids due to the seeds getting lodged in the aid tubes.


Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture or Auriculotherapy uses a similar logic as Reflexology in that the meridians are mirrored on the Ear. They believe the micro-system of our ear reflects the macro-system of our entire body. Indeed, the visual aspect of our ear represents an upturned infant and the corresponding aspects of the baby mirror our body.

The outer ear has over 200 Acupuncture points which help to relieve many complaints and conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine they believe stimulating the corresponding points will treat the body back into balance. This can be done manually with pressure or seeds, directly with an acupuncture needle or electronically with Tens stimulation. 


The stimulation is recommended every few hours unless otherwise advised by the practitioner. This is best achieved by massaging the seed with your fingertip for a few seconds (a gentle squeeze). 

As in traditional acupuncture, auricular acupuncture can address emotional issues as well as the physical.

Auricular acupuncture is often used to treat:

  • pain-based issues condition

  • arthritic and musculoskeletal conditions

  • weight loss

  • smoking cessation

  • drug and alcohol detoxification

  • Addictions, smoking cessation

  • ease stress and anxiety

  • improve bowels and

  • enhances sleeping patterns

The Initial appointment will take approximately 60-75 minutes depending on the consultation with follow up appointments lasting 30-60 minutes. For the Home Auriculotherapy, this appointment is usually around 10-20 minutes long. this treatment involves attaching ear seeds, ear magnet or retained auriculotherapy needles secured by surgical tape or plasters to a single ear and the person will leave the clinic and retain them on the ear for up to 14 days or otherwise advised, these are to be self-stimulated as advised at the time of the appointment.

Auriculotherapy Aftercare Advice.

To gain the most from your Auriculotherapy treatment, its recommended to do the following:

  1. Reduce Caffeine intake over the next 24 hours. 

  2. Avoid alcohol, energy drinks or recreational drugs for 12 hours prior to treatment.. 

  3. Try to reduce or avoid smoking, vaping and all nicotine / tobacco products.M

  4. Make time for yourself, your body needs time for Rest and Relaxation. 

  5. Try to reduce stress, maybe try light exercise, going for a walk, breathing or mediation to help. 

  6. Follow any specific aftercare advice given following the treatment. 

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