Auricular Acupuncture

Michael Kyde -

Auricular Acupuncture

What is auricular acupuncture?
Throughout his life, Dr Paul NOGIER has been interested in medical research. His appreciation of the techniques of acupuncture, psychotherapy, homeopathy and manual medicine, led him, in 1951, to draw up the basis of auriculotherapy, then, about ten years later, to develop auriculomedicine. The results of Paul NOGIER's work are now well known, and are taught and used in Europe, the United States and even in China, the birth place of acupuncture.

These two techniques were recently combined under the term ear acupuncture.

DR. Paul NOGIER'S Discoveries

The discovery of auriculotherapy:

In the beginning, Dr Paul NOGIER sometimes saw patients presenting with cauterization points on the ear, who claimed to have been relieved of their sciatica as a result of this treatment.

Intrigued, Dr Paul NOGIER decided to investigate this phenomenon and found that points on the external ear corresponded to certain organs or systems. After more than fifteen years of experimentation, he established a map of the ear. The shape of all of these points fairly closely resembles the image of an inverted fetus.

The principle of auriculotherapy is based on the fact that a point or a zone on the ear corresponds to an organ or a system. The mechanism of action is a reflex mechanism. In auriculotherapy, a pathological point is detected by the pain reaction to local pressure or by using an electrical detector. Treatment can be performed by massage of the point, by application of a needle or by electrical or laser stimulation.

The precision of this representation of reflex points on the external ear offers many possibilities for both diagnosis and treatment.

The discovery of auriculomedicine:

Auriculomedicine is the logical extension of auriculotherapy. As he developed his practice, Dr Paul NOGIER noticed that auriculotherapy had little effect on certain diseases. Based on his experience with acupuncture, he began to take his patients' pulse while examining their ears. He demonstrated variations of pulse when he touched different zones of the ear.

Extending his research on the pulse even further, he tested many forms of stimulation (magnets, colours, various substances, etc.), and showed that the body is sensitive to 7 frequencies. These frequencies, used for both diagnosis and treatment, represent the information received or emitted by our body. They are called NOGIER frequencies.