Acute inflammation can turn chronic, as shown in studies such as reported by Harvard Medical School in a special report on Fighting Inflammation: How to stop the damage before it compromises your health. In fact, an exacerbated inflammatory response to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is believed to be one of the major causes of the morbidity and mortality of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, inflammation that turns chronic can become a real problem for a much broader set of, if not most, health issues.
Although auricular neuromodulation (AN) did not significantly improve the outcome of the patients in this small preliminary study, the study shows — and is part of — rapidly growing interest in AN and auricular methods in general. It shows the promise and possibly important role of AN in helping reduce inflammation. See original research article in Frontiers in Physiology.