Auriculotherapy to reduce anxiety and pain in nursing professionals: a randomized clinical trial. Citation: (Kurebayashi 2017)

In a randomized clinical trial with an initial sample of 180 professionals, Kurebayashi and her colleagues studied the effectiveness of auricular methods (e.g. an auricular protocol for pain & anxiety) as a efficient, drug-free approach for improving the quality of life of the nursing staff of a hospital.  Results showed a 17% reduction in anxiety, a 36% reduction in pain, and a 13% increase in the mental aspect of quality of life. Details on descriptive statistics, analysis of variance...


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...


Correlation between positive reaction point of auricular points and stroke. Citation: (Zhao 2015, 609-612)

An observational study to support evidence on the use of auricular points for diagnosis in cases of stroke, verified that auricular diagnostic method is specific in stroke. The pathological degree of positive reaction about auricular points in stroke patients is higher than those in the patients of non-stroke. See the complete abstract on PubMed. Reference: Zhao L, Zhang L, Bao H, Yang S, Pan C. Correlation between positive reaction point of auricular points and stroke. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 201...


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,...


How Do You Treat Poststroke Aphasia with Acupuncture in Your Practice? Citation: (Sudhakaran 2014, 298-301)

There are two types of strokes: (1) a severe type with loss of consciousness (involvement of the internal organs) and (2) a milder type with no loss of consciousness (involvement of the channels only). In both types, aphasia can be present. The effectiveness of acupuncture for addressing apoplectic aphasia has been shown in studies.[1,2] For auricular acupuncture, select from Brain, Adrenal Gland E, Adrenal Gland C, Point Zero, ShenMen, Master Cerebral, Sympathetic Autonomic Point, Endocrine ...