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What is Auricular Acupuncture?

untitled 7Auricular Acupuncture is the placement of very fine, short acupuncture needles, tacks, or seeds (usually from the vaccaria plant, an annual plant grown in China and parts of Europe) to stimulate specific  acupuncture points on the ear.  Chinese Medicine sees the ear as a micro-representation of the body as a whole, and so a wide variety of symptoms and conditions can be addressed through the stimulation of ear points.

Auricular Acupuncture (Auriculotherapy) Treatments

untitled 4 2While I often include specific acupuncture points on the ear during an acupuncture treatment, some patients prefer a relaxing, five-needle auricular protocol over a traditional body-point treatment. The particular protocol which I employ has been used for decades in group settings for general relaxation and a re-harmonizing of the body-mind-spirit.

Other standard auricular protocols can be used for stress, insomnia, and a variety of other conditions. Auriculotherapy treatments are usually done at least once per week.  Special micro-needles or vaccaria seeds affixed to adhesive tape can also be placed on appropriate points, and can be worn for several days.  Pressing these tacks or seeds from time to time ensures that the points are continually stimulated and can help achieve the desired effect.

45 Minute Initial Auricular Acupuncture Session: $45

30 Minute Auricular Acupuncture Session Session: $30

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Do-It-Yourself Ear Seed Kits

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Many of my clients have enjoyed the convenience and ease of using ear seeds for themselves with the purchase of Auriculotherapy Kits by earseeds.com.  A variety of kits are available, each designed to address a specific health concern, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Eye and Vision
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Memory
  • Menopause
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress
  • Weight Loss

Each kit contains a chart that clearly shows specific acupuncture points on the ear that are believed to influence the conditions listed above. Included are 120 ear seeds affixed to self-adhesive tape (a 4-6 week supply), and a written description of each point’s location and its specific action. Additional ear seeds are available at a nominal charge.

Kits are available from me at cost of $15 each. The Eye and Vision Kit is $25.

A 30 minute auriculotherapy session, providing more detail about the points and help with initial ear seed placement is $40, including your kit.

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Please note that the Auriculotherapy kits are for educational purposes only, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease.  No claims as to therapeutic or properties of any treatment or modality are being made.

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443 B Carlisle Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170
sharon@acupunctureinva.com
(703) 623-8340