You must have heard about acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine that involves painlessly piercing the skin at specific pressure points with ultra-thin stainless-steel needles. These ear seeds are a similar treatment that involves adhesive beads or gems instead of the needles used in acupuncture, using the same principles.
Ear seeding is a type of auriculotherapy that uses the ear to diagnose and treat health conditions and it was recognised as a treatment by the World Health Organisation in 1990. This is a practice from traditional Chinese medicine that involves placing small seeds at certain pressure points on your ear using waterproof tape. These seeds traditionally come from a herb called Vaccaria. However, seeds that are used today are typically made from metal or ceramic.
You can put an ear seed on one of the various points on your ear, depending on what kind of therapeutic benefit you want.
According to auriculotherapy, the ear is considered a microsystem that mirrors the entire body. Each pressure point on the ear is regarded as a reflection of our body organs. ‘By placing the bead, you tell your nervous system to turn down pain receptors and stress hormones impacting the area,’ says Tiffany Lester, an internist and acupuncturist at Parsley Health.
After cleaning your ear with an alcohol swab, a practitioner can place the seeds on the relevant pressure point. These ear seeds can stay on your ear for up to a week. Once they are in place, you can massage them two or three times a day by applying gentle pressure on the seeds and moving them in small circles.
Ear seeds are believed to be a helpful addition to anyone’s medical treatments, as they can help ease conditions like migraines, headaches, insomnia, stress, allergies, anxiety, and depression.
Auriculotherapy also has good results in digestive disorders, balancing the better functioning of the stomach and spleen energy. It can even help in the treatment for nicotine addiction and weight loss by reducing anxiety.
Ear seeds don’t have any known serious side effects. Some people might experience minor skin irritation or discomfort around the seeds, but it’s said to be nothing more than a baby bruise.
So, during these difficult times that are filled with a lot of stress and anxiety, this newest wellness trend might be worth a shot!
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