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...


Auricular Acupuncture: A Brief Introduction for Military Providers. Citation: (King 2013, 867–874)

Facing a variety of complex physical and mental health conditions, injured veterans returning home from deployment often require long-term medical management for conditions that can be challenging to treat with conventional Western medicine practices alone. In an article by Heather King and colleagues from the Naval Medical Center San Diego and the American Academy of Nursing, Auricular acupuncture is introduced as an approach being used to manage symptoms associated with a wide range of heal...


Auricular Acupuncture Treatment to Alleviate Chronic Lower Extremity Swelling Not Responsive to Conventional Therapy. Citation: (Mora 2013)

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, approximately 3.1 million US adults had used acupuncture in the previous year. Acupuncture is more known for pain management. However, it is also used as an adjunct therapy for the management of nausea, vomiting and lymphedema, especially among patients with cancer. In a case presentation, auricular acupuncture reduced the pain and swelling in the legs of a 90 year old patient who was previously unresponsive to conventional therapy and i...


Bioelectromagnetic medicine: the role of resonance signaling. Citation: (Foletti 2013, 484-499)

Resonance signals and signaling have a powerful impact on health. Foletti and colleagues review the importance of electromagnetic (EM) field interactions in biology and medicine to discuss how specific frequencies modulate cellular function for the restoration and maintenance of health. The paper offers the view from a larger context of EM medicine, one that elevates EM over biochemical. By presenting the work of Zhadin regarding ultrasmall magnetic intensities being biologically significant ...


Role of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Neurorehabilitation. Citation: (Hashmi 2010, 292-305)

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation has been in clinical use not only for wound healing and pain relief, but also the treatment of stroke, myocardial infarction, and degenerative or traumatic brain disorders. This review, which covers the mechanisms of LLLT on a cellular and a tissue level, offers biological context to practitioners who use low-level laser (cold laser) in Auricular Medicine, specifically with relevance to neurology. Sign up for our online LLLT courses and l...


Microsystems Acupuncture Today. Citation: (Gleditsch 2005, XIII)

Micosystems of the human body are used in various areas of healthcare and wellness practice from acupuncture to reflexology — with traditions of use well before the developments in modern medicine. Microsystems, as respective to acupuncture specifically, have helped expand the field of acupuncture from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to a variety of methods now practiced worldwide with the use of needles, pressure, Low Level Laser, and electro-stimulation. Microsystems are based on the ...


Toward an Integral Energy Medicine Model for Understanding the Vascular Autonomic Signal. Citation: (Agnes 2002)

The Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS) is a physiological response of the neurovascular system of the body to information being brought into its energy field. This response is palpated on the wall of the radial artery. The discovery of the VAS by Dr. Paul Nogier in 1966 brought an energetic diagnostic tool to the world. Muriel Agnes, founder of the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM), studied the VAS to explore mechanisms for understanding the VAS. The studies include a clinical demo...


Acupuncture: The Search for Biologic Evidence with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography Techniques. Citation: (Cho 2002, 399-401)

Physicians who practice medical acupuncture, often provide acupuncture treatment in cases where patients have reportedly “failed” to respond to contemporary Western medicine, and have found provide considerable benefit. Physicians appreciate an understanding of the biologic evidence, and in the paper, "Acupuncture: The Search for Biologic Evidence with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography Techniques," Zhang-Hee Cho, PhD, and his colleagues present comparis...


Auricular Acupuncture Stimulation Measured on Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Med Acupunct. Citation: (Alimi 2002, 18-21)

David Alimi at Neurosciences Society used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to demonstrate the direct relationship of auricular reflex zones (acupuncture points on the ear) to corresponding points on the body. Request the full paper on ResearchGate Reference:Alimi D, Geissmann A, Gardeur D. Auricular Acupuncture Stimulation Measured on Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Med Acupunct. 2002;13:18-21.   


Rapid narcotic detoxification in chronic pain patients treated with auricular electroacupuncture and naloxone. Citation: (Kroening 1985, 1347-1360)

In a research study published by Kroening and Oleson, the application of a rapid detoxification procedure for narcotics was provided to 14 chronic pain patients to support withdrawal from opiate pain medications — and help reduce or avoid the severe withdrawal signs which accompany detoxification in chronic pain patients taking high levels of analgesic medications. After first switching all patients to oral methadone, each patient received bilateral electrical stimulation to needles inserted ...