Terry Oleson, PhD

President of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute, Terry Oleson, has dedicated his career to research and education in the field of auricular neuromodulation.


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Dr. Oleson brings modesty and a diplomatic approach to his understanding of the various schools of thought, having bridged many schools of thought in his thorough presentation of auricular points and mapping.


Terry Oelson has contributed guiding texts for the auricular field

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Manual on Auriculotherapy

This comprehensive manual presents in-depth evaluation of the theoretical and clinical foundations of the field of auriculotherapy, bridging both Eastern and Western systems of ear acupuncture with descriptions and diagrams on over 200 neuro-auricular reflex points and treatment protocols. 
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International handbook of ear reflex points

Presented as a bridge to international understanding of auricular point locations, this book is based on the author’s research conducted at the UCLA Pain Management Center, as well as extensive clinical observations of medical doctors, internationally, over the past 50 years.
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Charting of
Ear Reflex Points

With his effort to reconcile charts from various schools of thought (e.g. Eastern and Western approaches), Dr. Oleson’s ear reflex point charts provide a helpful standard for point location.
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Continued guidance in point location

At the 2023 International Auriculo Symposium in Copenhagen, Dr. Oleson presented a new framework for presenting the landmarks and points of the outer ear in a more easy to learn format — opening understanding of reflex points to a broader audience interested in alleviating pain/stress in the body.

Bio | Terry Oleson, PhD

As an international expert on the somatic mapping of neural reflex zones on the ear, Dr. Oleson continues the charge to provide easy-to-use guidance in effective point location.
Therapist • Author • Lecturer
Upon receiving his doctorate in Psychobiology from the University of California at Irvine, Dr. Oleson obtained a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the UCLA Department of Psychology and the UCLA Brain Research Institute. At UCLA he conducted research that pioneered the way for assessment and treatment based in auriculotherapy. His initial research studies began with stimulation produced analgesia in the brain. Since then, he has written over 30 scientific articles and has published the highly regarded textbooks, Auriculotherapy: Chinese and Western Approaches to Ear Acupuncture (2014), and the International Handbook of Ear Reflex Points (1995).

Dr. Oleson has served as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Division of Behavioral Medicine at the California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, California, the faculty of Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and as president of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute (ACI).

He is known for his work on auricular nomenclature, which he presented internationally, including meetings for the World Health Organization in Lyon, France, in 1990, 1994, 2000, and 2014, as well as the International Congress on Auricular Medicine in Beijing, China, in 1995 and 2010. In 1998, Dr. Oleson was recognized by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine with the Auricular Acupuncturist of the Year Award.