Sorry skeptics... it's science!
Ear acupuncture is proven & practiced, worldwide
The specialty of ear acupuncture (auricular therapy) is an internationally documented, recognized, and researched procedure since 1957 when it was introduced in France by Paul Nogier, MD. I hope more American physicians will take the time to read the research and investigate this magnificent and sophisticated healing art, which I have proudly used to bring relief to countless patients in my private practice.
With so many health care methods being paraded under the banner of alternative medicine, it is necessary to provide as much clinical and academic background for procedures to back up claims. Auricular acupuncture is not some strange new unproven technique.
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Dr. Donald Liebell, DC, BCAO
477 Viking Drive #170
Virginia Beach, ViA 23452
The following is a list of some of the internationally conducted medical research on ear-based acupuncture:
Immediate Resolution of Symptoms Following Auricular Acupuncture in A Patient with Acute Vertigo Superimposed on Refractory, Chronic Disequilibrium: Case Report - Arnyce R. Pock, Tracy J. Eicher, Nader Soliman, Richard C. Niemtzow Medical Acupuncture. March 2007: 21-24.
Abbate D, Santamaria A, Brambilla A, Paneri R, Di Guiulio A (1980) Beta-endorphin and electroacupuncture. Lancet 16 : 13–31.
Ackerman J (1999) Navach’s biochemical and neurophysical aspects of the VAS. International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auricular medicine, and Auricular Medicine. Las Vegas, NV: 51–57.
Akerele O (1991) WHO and the development of acupuncture
nomenclature: overcoming a tower of Babel. Am J Chin Med 1: 89–94.
Alimi D (2000) Effects of auricular stimulation on functional magnetic resonance imaging of the cerebral cortex. Third International Symposium of Auricular medicine and Auricular Medicine. Lyons, France.
Alimi D, Geissmann A, Gardeur D (2002) Auricular acupuncture stimulation measured on functional magnetic resonance imaging. Med Acupunc 13: 18–21.
The Garden of Earthly Delights: Treating Human Sexuality Through Auricular TherapyNader Soliman Medical Acupuncture. March 2008: 43-45.
The Effects of Scalp Acupuncture and Auricular Therapy on Acute Herpetic Pain and Postherpetic Neuralgia: A Case SeriesHidenoir Takahashi Medical Acupuncture. June 2007: 113-120.
Three-Phase Hand Acupuncture: A New Discovery Inspired by the Auricular Acupuncture MicrosystemNader E. Soliman The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. March 2006: 99-102.
Comparative Study Treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Patients Using the New Multiphase Hand Acupuncture Microsystem and Koryo Hand Therapy SystemNader Soliman Medical Acupuncture. June 2007: 109-112
Auricular Acupuncture Microsystem Approach to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Nader Soliman Medical Acupuncture. June 2008: 103-108.
Soliman's Auricular Therapy Textbook: New Localizations and Evidence Based Therapeutic Approaches Nader Soliman, Eric S. Hsu Medical Acupuncture. December 2008: 287-288.
Asamoto S, Takeshige C (1992) Activation of the satiety center by auricular acupuncture point stimulation. Brain Res Bull 29: 157–164.
Bergsmann O, Hart A (1973) Differences in electrical skin conductivity between acupuncture points and adjacent skin areas. Am J Acupunct 1: 27–32.
Blum K, Braverman E, Holder J et al (2000) Reward deficiency syndrome (RDS): a biogenic model for the diagnosis and treatment of impulsive, addictive, and compulsive behaviors. J Psychoact Drugs 32: 2.
Bossy J (1979) Neural mechanisms in acupuncture analgesia. Minerva Med 70: 1705–1715.
Bossy J (2000) Anatomical comparisons of the external ear. Third International Symposium of Auricular medicine and Auricular Medicine. Lyons, France.
Brewington V, Smith M, Lipton D (1994) Acupuncture as a detoxification treatment: an analysis of controlled research. J Substance Abuse Treatment 11: 289–307.
Bullock M, Culliton P, Olander R (1989) Controlled trial of acupuncture for severe recidivist alcoholism. Lancet i: 1435–1439.
Chan W, Weissensteiner R, Rausch W et al (1998) Comparison of substance P concentration in acupuncture points in different tissues in dogs. Am J Chin Med 26: 13–18.
Chapman C, Benedetti C, Colpitts Y, Gerlach R (1983) Naloxone fails to reverse pain thresholds elevated by acupuncture: acupuncture analgesia reconsidered. Pain 16: 13–31.
Chen GS (1995) On auricular acupuncture. Second International Symposium on Auricular Medicine. Beijing, China: 37–48.
Chen GS, Lu P (1999) History of auricular acupuncture in China. Presentation at International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auricular medicine, and Auricular Medicine. Las Vegas, NV: 7–8.
Chen H (1993) Recent studies on auriculoacupuncture and its mechanism.J Trad Chin Med 13: 129–143.
Chiou S, Chao C, Yang Y (1998) Topography of low skin resistance points (LSRP) in rats. Am J Chin Med 26: 19–27.
Cho ZH, Wong G (1998) New findings of the correlation between acupoints and corresponding brain cortices using functional MRI. Proc Natl Acad Sci 95: 2670–2673.
Choy D, Eidenschenk E (1998) Effect of tragus clips on gastric peristalsis: a pilot study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Med 4: 399–403.
Clement-Jones V, McLaughlin L, Lowry P, Besser G, Rees L, Wen HL (1979) Acupuncture in heroin addicts: changes in met-enkephalin and beta-endorphin in blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Lancet ii: 380–382.
Clement-Jones V, Mc Loughlin L, Tomlin, S, Besser G, Rees L, Wen H (1980) Increased beta-endorphin but not met-enkephalin levels in human cerebrospinal fluid after acupuncture for recurrent pain. Lancet iii: 946–948
Cox B (1975) Patient motivation: a factor in weight reduction with auricular acupuncture. Am J Acupunct 3: 339–34
Dale R (1976) The micro-acupuncture systems, parts I & II. Am J Acupunct 4: 7–24; 196–224.
Dale R (1985) The micro-acupuncture meridians. Intl J Chin Med 2: 31–49.
Dale R (1991) Acupuncture meridians and the homunculus principle. Am J Acupunct 19: 73–75.
Dale R (1993) Addictions and acupuncture: the treatment methods, formulae, effectiveness and limitations. Am J Acupunct 21: 247–266.
Dale R (1999) The systems, holograms and theory of micro-acupuncture.Am J Acupunct 27: 207–242.
Debreceni L (1991) The effect of electrical stimulation of the ear points on the plasma ACTH and GH level in humans. Acupunct Electrotherap Res 16: 45–51.
Dvorkin E (1999) Morphology of auricular reflex points. International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auricular medicine, and Auricular Medicine. Las Vegas, NV: 29–30.
Ernst M, Lee M (1987) Influence of naloxone on electro-acupuncture analgesia using an experimental pain test. Acupunct Electrotherap Res 12: 5–22.
Fedoseeva O, Kalyuzhnyi L, Sudakov K (1990) New peptide mechanisms of auriculo-acupuncture electro-analgesia: role of angiotensin II. Acupunct Electrotherap Res 15:1–8.
Frank B (1999) A critical assessment of functional ear points. International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auricular medicine, and Auricular Medicine. Las Vegas, NV: 62–63.
Giller R (1975) Auricular acupuncture and weight reduction. A review and overall approach. Am J Acupunct 3: 151–153.
Helms J (1990) WHO adopts standard international acupuncture nomenclature. AAMA Review 2: 33.
Ho W, Wen H, Lam S, Li A (1978) The influence of electroacupuncture on naloxone induced morphine withdrawal in mice: elevation of brain opiate-like activity. Eur J Pharmacol 49: 197–199.
Holder J, Duncan R, Gissen M, Miller M, Blum K (2001) Increasing retention rates among the chemically dependent in residential treatment: auricular medicine and subluxation-based chiropractic care. Molec Psychiatry 6: S8.
Hsieh C (1998) Modulation of cerebral cortex in acupuncture stimulation: a study using sympathetic skin response and somatosensory evoked potentials.Am J Chin Med 26: 1–11.
Hsieh J, Stahle-Backdahl M, Hagermark O, Stone-Elander S (1995) Traumatic nociceptive pain activates the hypothalamus and the periaqueductal gray: a positron emission tomography study. Pain 64: 303–314.
Hyvarinen J, Karlsson M (1977) Low skin resistance skin points that may coincide with acupuncture loci. Med Biol 55: 88–94.
Ionescu-Tirgoviste C, Pruan S, Bajenaru P (1991) The participation of the autonomic nervous system in the mechanism of action of acupuncture. Am J Acupunct 1 9: 21–28.
Jaung-Geng L, Salahin H, Jung-Charng L (1995) Investigation on the effects of ear acupressure on exercise-induced lactic acid levels and the implications for athletic training. Am J Acupunct 23: 309–313.
Kashiba H, Ueda Y (1991) Acupuncture to the skin induces release of substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide from peripheral terminals of primary sensory neurons in the rat. Am J Chin Med 19: 189–197.
Kawakaita K, Kawamura H, Keino H, Hongo T, Kitakohji, H (1991) Development of the low impedance points in the auricular skin of experimental peritonitis rats. Am J Chin Med 19: 199–205
Kho H, Robertson E (1997) The mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia: review and update. Am J Acupunct 25: 261–281.
Kitade T, Hyodo M (1979) The effects of stimulation of ear acupuncture points on the body’s pain threshold. Am J Chin Med 7: 241–252.
Krause A, Clelland J, Knowles C, Jackson J (1987) Effects of unilateral and bilateral auricular transcutaneous electrical stimulation on cutaneous pain threshold. Physical Therapy 67: 507–511.
Kroening R, Oleson T (1985) Rapid narcotic detoxification in chronic pain patients treated with auricular electroacupuncture and naloxone. Intl J Addict 20: 1347–1360.
Kvirchishvili V (1974) Projections of different parts of the body on the surface of the concha auriculae in humans and animals. Am J Acupunct 2: 208.
Lee T (1977) Thalamic neuron theory: a hypothesis concerning pain and acupuncture. Med Hypoth 3: 113–121.
Lee T (1994) Thalamic neuron theory: theoretical basis for the role played by the central nervous system (CNS) in the causes and cures of all disease. Med Hypoth 43: 285–302.
Leib S (1999) Nogier’s three functional layers to evaluate conventional medications. International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auricular medicine, and Auricular Medicine. Las Vegas, NV: 59–60.
Lichstein E, Chaddie K, Naik D, Gupta P (1974) Diagonal earlobe crease: prevalence and implications as a coronary risk factor. New Engl J Med 290: 615–616.
Lin C (1984) Use of auricular acupuncture for the relief of tooth pain. Am J Acupunct 12: 239–244.
Margolin A, Chung P, Avants S, Kosten T (1993a) Effects of sham and real auricular needling: implications for trials of acupuncture for cocaine addiction.Am J Chin Med 221: 191–197.
Margolin A, Avants S, Chung P, Kosten T (1993b) Acupuncture for the treatment of cocaine dependence in methadone-maintained patients. Am J Addict 2: 194–201.
Marignan M (1999) Dynamic and digital thermography of the ear. Presentation at the International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auricular medicine, and Auricular Medicine. Las Vegas, NV: 23.
Mehta J, Homby R (1974) Diagonal earlobe crease as a coronary risk factor. New Engl J Med 291: 260.
Ng L, Douthitt T, Thoa N, Albert C (1975) Modification of morphine-withdrawal in rats following transauricular electrostimulation: an experimental paradigm for auricular electroacupuncture. Biol Psychiatr 10: 575–580.
Ng L, Dionne R, Bragin E, Pert C, Pert A (1981) Alterations in rat central nervous system endorphins following transauricular acupuncture. Brain Res 224: 83–93.
Niemtzow RC (1998) A high-protein regimen and auriculomedicine for the treatment of obesity: a clinical observation. Med Acupunct 9: 15–21.
Nogier R (1999) History of Dr Paul Nogier’s work in auricular medicine. International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auricular medicine, and Auricular Medicine. Las Vegas, NV: 19–22.
Oleson T (1998) Differential application of auricular acupuncture for myofascial, autonomic, and neuropathic pain. Med Acupunct 9: 23–28.
Oleson T, Flocco W (1993) Randomized controlled study of premenstrual symptoms treated with ear, hand, and foot reflexology. Obstet Gynecol 82: 906–911.
Oleson T, Kroening R (1983a) A comparison of Chinese and Nogier auricular acupuncture points. Am J Acupunct 11: 205–223.
Oleson T, Kroening R (1983b) A new nomenclature for identifying Chinese and Nogier auricular acupuncture points. Am J Acupunct 12: 325–344.
Oleson T, Kroening R (1983c) Electroacupuncture and auricular electrical stimulation. IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag 2: 22–26.
Oleson T, Kroening R, Bresler D (1980) An experimental evaluation of auricular diagnosis: the somatotopic mapping of musculoskeletal pain at ear acupuncture points. Pain 8: 217–229.
Oliveri A, Clelland J, Jackson J, Knowles C (1986) Effects of auricular transcutaneous electrical stimulation on experimental pain threshold. Physical Ther 66: 12–16.
Patterson M (1974) Electro-acupuncture in alcohol and drug addictions.Clin Med (Oct.): 9–13.
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