The Ear as a Polyvagal Portal: Neuro-auricular modulation for clinical application of 3 developmental response systems

The Ear as a Polyvagal Portal: Neuro-auricular modulation for clinical application of 3 developmental response systems

Portal to the wandering nerve: Did you know that you can directly access neural pathways of the body via the ear to help clients/patients move toward healing with greater ease? Neuroscientists are using the ear to access the major nerve branches of the body, and research into neuro-auricular modulation has grown in depth and breadth in the past two decades.[1-8] More specifically, the therapeutic use of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS)[9-10] has gained attention across...

From Emergency Response to Complex Trauma Treatment: Applications of Neuro-Auricular Modulation

From Emergency Response to Complex Trauma Treatment: Applications of Neuro-Auricular Modulation

Emergency Response and the Auricular Link to Neuropsychiatry and Complex Trauma Treatment: Emergency physicians, with even just brief training in auricular protocols, are able to use neuro-auricular modulation for acute pain treatment in cases where opioid analgesia was not otherwise an acceptable option. The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization recognize these auricular approaches — often applied via acupuncture, yet also able to be applied via laser (photobiomodul...

Neuro-auricular Modulation Training: Options for nursing and mental health professionals

Neuro-auricular Modulation Training: Options for nursing and mental health professionals

Beyond NADA Protocol/AcuDetox The challenge for nursing and mental health practitioners interested in the 5-point AcuDetox protocol often relates to the use of needles (which is regulated by many states and often limited to application by physicians or acupuncturists). Neuro-auricular modulation goes beyond acupuncture using tools within various scopes of practice. For example with a clinical-grade point-finder, a medical low-grade therapeutic laser, or through manual stimulation using ...

[VIDEO] Challenges & Opportunities Arising from GLEM Presentations by Dr. Alimi, Prof. Matillon, and Prof. Ninot on Research

[VIDEO] Challenges & Opportunities Arising from GLEM Presentations by Dr. Alimi, Prof. Matillon, and Prof. Ninot on Research

On the importance of research, the Group Lyonnais d'Etudes Médicales (GLEM) featured Dr. David Alimi, Prof. Yves Matillon, and Prof. Gregory Ninot, at the 10th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy. If you missed these important presentations, here is a 1-minute overview presented by CIAM (see video). This review — within a 3-part interview on research with Goudse Academie director, Marcel Meijer, MHCT — offers a discussion of research challenges and opportunities for the field of comp...

Axis of Sexual Desire

Axis of Sexual Desire

In one scene, fantastic creatures, oversized fruit, bulbous egg-shaped dens, and futuristic palaces set the stage for a playful landscape, lush, green, with flowing waterways, and filled with joyous nude figures self-absorbed in innocent sexual activities. In another scene, a dark hell-scape, the figures have fallen into eternal damnation, succumbed to temptation. In this scene, an ear is prominently featured with auricular points treating... what else, but sexual desire. The Garden of Earth...

Perspectives on Auricular Methods from Dr. Jihong Liu, Deputy Director at the Foshan Hospital of TCM

Perspectives on Auricular Methods from Dr. Jihong Liu, Deputy Director at the Foshan Hospital of TCM

At the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM) we continue to build on, and share learnings and research from, the collaborative efforts between academic leaders in both TCM and German Auricular Medicine. As part of this effort, CIAM conducted an interview with Dr. Jihong Liu, deputy director of the Center for Preventive Treatment of Diseases at the Foshan Hospital of TCM in Foshan, China. Dr. Liu, who is also a professor and teaches on the subject of ear acupuncture, recently present...

The 10th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy

The 10th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy

Group Lyonnais d'Etudes Médicales (GLEM) is presenting the 10th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy featuring a program covering topics from the point localizations, to the importance of research, to the use of the Vascular Autonomic Signal (a subject on which CIAM has provided a poster presentation). In support of the work presented by experts in the field of Auriculotherapy and Auricular Medicine, CIAM is providing related supplemental resources at https://www.integrateauricular.ca/g...

FDA Clearances of Auricular, Cranial and Other Forms of Neuromodulation

FDA Clearances of Auricular, Cranial and Other Forms of Neuromodulation

Rapid growth in Neuro-auricular Modulation: The recent FDA clearance of a wearable transcutaneous auricular nerve field stimulator (tAN) as developed by Spark Biomedical in Dallas, Texas, and featured in Practical Neurology, is one example of the investment by Pharma and Tech based on the increasing interest in neuro-auricular modulation research. The device, and similar devices like it, stimulate nerves on and around the ear. The microsystem of the ear has been used for millennia in the fiel...

For the First Time Ever, German Auricular Medicine Training Offered Completely Online and in English

For the First Time Ever, German Auricular Medicine Training Offered Completely Online and in English

The Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM) is the first continuing education provider to offer a systematic curriculum of Auricular Medicine in English and fully online — based on the work of Dr. Paul Nogier, Dr. Frank Bahr, Dr. Beate Strittmatter and other colleagues of the European School, and endorsed by the German Academy of Acupuncture (Deutsche Akademie für Akupunktur | DAA e.V.). This is a continuation of firsts for CIAM, which has been the only institution in the world to off...

Observing and Using Auricular Visual Markers in Patients with COVID-19

Observing and Using Auricular Visual Markers in Patients with COVID-19

Using auricular causative diagnosis, researchers at the Scientific Acupuncture Department of the Paris XI University have identified an auricular visual marker (AVM) for COVID-19 that corresponds with the Interferon point.  The AVM, observed as an edema, is present within the entire area between the tragus and the ascending branch of the helix on patients with COVID-19. Volf, and her team at the Scientific Acupuncture Department, noted that “In more-severe clinical COVID-19 cases the edema o...

Relationship of Governor Vessel 20-24 to Our Constitution

Relationship of Governor Vessel 20-24 to Our Constitution

The work of Dr. med. Frank Bahr has shown the Cranial region between Governor Vessel 20-24 (in German, Lenkergefäß, or LG) is especially important for our constitution, and in turn, our future. This relationship coincides with the names of GV 20 and GV 24, respectively known in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture as Baihui or "Master of Spiritual Energy“ and Shenting or "Divine Area." GV 20 also overlaps with the highest Indian Chakra, "Sahasrara" known as the Crown Chakra. Points GV 20 and GV 24...

[VIDEO] An Ear for Manual Therapy: Stimulation Techniques for Tissue Release

[VIDEO] An Ear for Manual Therapy: Stimulation Techniques for Tissue Release

The Poly- Nature of Our Neural States. Consider the nervous system (see video below), it has one primary function: to ensure the survival of our physical body. As Stephen Porges, researcher at the Kinsey Institute points out from his Polyvagal Theory, “When states of safety are manifest in the structures of the body, the body is poised to serve as a platform for healing.” Unfortunately, many clients/patients seeking improved wellbeing suffer chronic conditions of stress to such an effect that...