By | July 25, 2018


Auricular acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other areas of the body. The ear holds a microsystem of the body, consistent with the brain map discoveries of Canadian neuroscientist Wilder Penfield. Dr. Penfield found that maps of the body exist on the surface, or sensory cortex, of the brain. This same brain map is also projected onto different areas of the body, “microsystems”, and in particular precision, onto the ear.


Practitioners all over the world use this therapy to treat pain, dysfunction, addictions and internal disorders with excellent results. Whether used in conjunction with another treatment or by itself, auriculotherapy is often effective when other treatments have failed. Best of all, it is safe, non-invasive and has no known side effects.


One of the great advantages of learning auriculotherapy is the various ways you can use ear therapy to achieve great results.  You can use acupuncture needles, e-stim and press tags.   However, what’s really exciting is that there are many tools out in the market today that allows an acupuncturist to use auriculotherapy on a patient without the use of needles.  The benefits of this is quite exciting.  One is that it enhances the effect of your treatment, but beyond this benefit, auriculotherapy also offers the practitioner other advantages including better patient recruiting and retention, broader scope of practice, and enhanced financial rewards.  Another benefit is your practice now attracts those patients that have always wanted to try acupuncture but may have been somewhat needle phobic, thus opening up your practice to many many more potential patients.


Advantages of Auriculotherapy:

Can be learned easily

Rapid to perform in practice

Addresses any part of the body, even inaccessible parts

Results are often achieved very quickly

No negative side effects

Does not require a patient to disrobe or lie down

Can be applied in nearly any setting or situation

Multiple patients can be treated at the same time

Does not require needles or other invasive treatment

Can treat front and back of the body at the same time

Faster and easier than body acupuncture

Enhances the effect of other acupuncture points

Provides an additional billable service

Can provide significant additional practice income

Andrew Greenberg


Eastern School of Acupuncture

December, 2017 Graduate

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  1. C Herzog

    Who can learn auricular acupuncture. And can you forward me the information. I am in NJ

    1. Eastern School Admin Post author

      Hi, Auricular acupuncture is taught in our Master’s of Science in Acupuncture program. You can view our program catalog at

  2. D. Hoffmann

    Thank you to Dr. Greenberg for his posting and professional experience to bring attention to the benefits of auricular acupuncture (a broad field covering different schools of practice including: ear acupuncture as a speciality within TCM, Auricular Therapy and Auricular Medicine).

    The use of Auricular Medicine to “identify and treat blockages to healing as a new approach to therapy-resistant patients” (as taught in the auricular medicine manual of the same name by Dr. med. Beate Strittmatter), highlights what Dr. Greenberg stated, “auriculotherapy is often effective when other treatments have failed.” As Dr. Greenberg suggested, “the ear holds a microsystem of the body.” In addition to having the map, learning how to palpate autonomic nervous system response through a Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS), helps guide assessment and treatment on that map to precisely identify and address systemic blockages (i.e. from scar tissue, pain memory, toxicity and many other) above and beyond meridian blockages requiring treatment.

    Auricular Medicine, which specifically uses VAS, was developed by the late physician Paul Nogier. In a CIAM auricular training in Toronto this May, Paul Nogier’s former student and colleague, Dr. med. Frank Bahr, a leader in advancing Auricular Medicine in Germany (graduating over 30,000 medical doctors), will present practical demonstrations for clinical application.

    The leadership of the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in offering auricular acupuncture offers students a strong basis for the continuing education throughout specific fields of auricular acupuncture, whether the work of Dr. Muriel Agnes, Dr. Frank Bahr, Dr. Bryan Frank, Dr. Richard Niemtzow, Dr. Raphaël Nogier, Dr. Terry Oleson, Dr. Manfred Reininger, Dr. Nader Soliman, Dr. Beate Strittmatter, and many others.


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