Auricular Acupuncture Analgesia in Thoracic Trauma: A Case Report. Citation: (Papadopoulos 2017, 49-52)

In a case of thoracic trauma (rib fractures with pneumothorax and pulmonary contusions) with severe chest pain leading to ineffective ventilation and oxygenation, doctors in emergency department applied auricular acupuncture to ameliorate pain and hopefully improve his functional ability to cough and breathe deeply. The patients pain scores diminished considerably within minutes. Ventilation and oxygenation indices improved to safe limits. Read the full case report (external link) Reference...


Auricular acupuncture diagnosis in patients with lumbar hernia. Citation: (Romoli 2016, 61-65)

Romoli and his colleagues completed a study to identify the specific auricular zones related to lumbar hernia in patients treated using a series of epidural infiltrations with corticosteroids. A significant association was found for some auricular areas, along the series of epidural infiltrations, with a progressive reduction in the number of tender and low electrical resistance points together with a decrease of pain and hand-foot distance. It was concluded that auricular zones found with au...


Evaluation of the Immediate Effect of Auricular Acupuncture on Pain and Electromyographic Activity in Patients with Neck Pain. Citation: (de Oliveira Silva 2015)

In a study to assess the immediate effects of auricular acupuncture on electromyographic activity of the upper trapezius muscle and pain in non-specific neck pain patients, the immediate effect of auricular acupuncture interventions on the electromyographic activity of the upper trapezius muscle showed positive results. Abstract and link to full text at Hindawi. Reference:Andréia Cristina de Oliveira Silva, Daniela Aparecida Biasotto-Gonzalez, Douglas Meira dos Santos, et al., “Evaluation o...


Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (tVNS): a new neuromodulation tool in healthy humans? Citation: (Leusden 2015)

Since the early part of the 20th century, electro therapy has been used to treat severe depression. With the advance of new devices — e.g. low-level current for neuronal stimulation via transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and vagus as well as transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation (VNS and tVNS) — the study and treatment of cognitive function in patients with epilepsy and major depression has had significant advance from early “shock therap...


Exploring Self-Reported Benefits of Auricular Acupuncture Among Veterans With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Citation: (King 2015, 291-299)

Auricular acupuncture treatments have become increasingly available throughout a variety of healthcare settings, resulting from a push for the expansion of non-pharmacologic treatment options. Specifically in military treatment facilities, this has been the case for offering support to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study aimed to explore the self-reported benefits of auricular acupuncture treatments for veterans living with PTSD found positive improvement resulting fr...


Auricular therapy for chronic pain management in adults: A synthesis of evidence. Citation: (Zhao 2015, 68-78)

A systematic review of randomized controlled trials investigating Auricular Therapy for chronic pain management, showed promising results for relief. The full text can be requested via PubMed. Reference:Zhao HT, Tan JY, Wang T, Jin L. Auricular therapy for chronic pain management in adults: A synthesis of evidence. Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2015 May;21(2):68-78.


A New Method in Auricular Medicine for the Investigation of the Nogier Reflex. Citation: (Litscher 2014, 205-210)

The palpation of the Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS), also known as the Nogier reflex or Reflex Auriculo-Cardiac (RAC) is an important method used primarily in Auricular Medicine. This article presents a methodological approach for the detection and quantification of the VAS. View the paper. Reference:Litscher G, Bahr F, Litscher D, Min LQ, Hong PJ. A New Method in Auricular Medicine for the Investigation of the Nogier Reflex. Integr Med Int. 2014;1:205–210  


Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Modulates Default Mode Network in Major Depressive Disorder. Citation: (Fang 2016, 266-273)

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a Food and Drug Administration approved somatic treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy and depression. In vivo VNS systems, however, are an option limited to patients who have failed to respond to multiple treatment options. Transcutaneous VNS (tVNS) is a non-invasive method based on afferent/efferent vagus nerve distribution on the surface of the ear. The safe and low-cost characteristics of tVNS have the potential to significantly expand the clinical applicat...


Use of Auricular Acupressure to Improve the Quality of Life in Diabetic Patients with Chronic Kidney Diseases: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. Citation: (Wang, 2014)

In the context of an alarmingly high prevalence of albuminuria — rates indicating there will be 300 million diabetic patients in the year 2025 — this study assesses the effectiveness of simple, standardized protocol-based auricular acupressure for quality of life improvement in these patients with kidney disease. Results of this study indicated that auricular acupressure significantly helped patients with chronic kidney diseases to improve their quality of life outcomes.  Wang S, Chen Z,...


Ear acupuncture and fMRI: a pilot study for assessing the specificity of auricular points. Citation: (Romoli 2014, 189-93)

Research into the clinical specificity of ear acupuncture points representing organs or structures of the body is ongoing. In this pilot study, using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), researchers study point specificity using two auricular points having different topographical locations and clinical significance: stimulation of Thumb Auricular Acupoint (TAA) and stimulation of Brain Stem Auricular Acupoint (BSAA). The differences in activation patterns between TAA and BSAA stimula...


Scientific Basis of Auriculotherapy: State of the Art. Citation: (Rabischong 2014, 84-96)

Using a modern scientific basis, Rabischong and Terral examine clinical findings and experimentally reproducible data that reliably demonstrate the auriculotherapy procedures initiated by Paul Nogier, MD, of Lyon, France. Abstract and link to full text at PMC. Reference:Rabischong P, Terral C. Scientific Basis of Auriculotherapy: State of the Art. Medical Acupuncture. 2014 Apr 1; 26(2): 84-96 The Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM) offers curricular basis in the work of Bahr/...


Auricular Acupuncture with Laser. Citation: (Round 2013)

Beyond the use of needles, auricular treatments are applied using Low Level Laser. In a review article lead by Regina Round in conjunction with the Frank Bahr Research Group “Auriculomedicine and Pharmacopuncture,” scientific findings on auricular acupuncture with laser are described and critically discussed. Results of studies have shown evidence of the effect of auricular laser acupuncture. However, a comparison of these studies was impossible due to their different study designs. Details o...