Like the hands and feet, the ear is a microcosm of the whole body. Therefore acupuncturists can treat the whole body just by inserting tiny needles into the auricular area. The ears are formed in the embryonic stage as an offshoot from the brain and spinal cord. Hence, the ear is directly neurologically connected to the whole body. There is literally an auricular acupuncture point for every organ in the body. Also, there are points to help stop cravings for such things as food, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Auricular acupuncture can also calm emotional disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), aggression, and anxiety. Massage your ears daily for an added health benefit and to ensure longevity.
Below is an image of a fetus superimposed on the ear. In general rubbing along the outer part of the ear can relieve back pain, rubbing the lobe can relieve a headache. The organs are centrally located. The feet are towards the top of the ear. See your acupuncturist for exact locations. At Community Acupuncture of Longwood we can also add ear seeds to create acupressure on desired areas and sustain results between acupuncture treatments.