Ear Seed Therapy
Auricular acupressure therapy is a modality that involved a placement of the seed onto the acupressure point on the external surface of the ear or auricle. Ear seeds are the small pellets that come in different form now , traditionallty it come from the Vaccaria plant , but now it comes in different forms from metal, gold or crystal form for the aestehtic purpose. The seeds are held in place at the acupresure point with adhesive tape and left in the ear for 3-5 days. The auricular acupressure point maybe pressed for 10-20 times every few hours to prolong the acupressure effect.
Ear seeds are small pellets that come from the Vaccaria plant that are thought to enhance the effects of ear acupuncture. It is thought that ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear tacks. The seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape and may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks.
Aaricular acupressure point serve as the remote control to stimulate the healing on the remote body part that is too inflammed or painful to be treated directly. The ear points can remotely affect the flow of energy in meridianchannels and alleviate pathological condition in other parts of body.
The reactive ear point is notably more tender in refectiving the opathological body part. By stimulating the reactive point, the qi nad blood flow of the body is strengthened and faciliate the natural self-regulating homeostatic mechanisme of the body.
Auricular acupressure therapy is a safe, economical and natural healing therapy. It often used as stand alone therapy or in conjunction with acupuncture in patient with sugar cravig issue , smoking addiction, insomnia, anxiety and muscular disorder conditions.
This modailty has shown great result in relieving the anxiety with IVF and improving the outcome of IVF according to a research study published in Scientific Report. The study by Qu. F. et.al. 2014 reported that " Placement of ear seeds at specific reproductive points and when stimulated by the patient throughout the day from around egg retrieval to embryo transfer, the study showed that in the ear acupressure group, clinical pregnancy rate, implantation rate and live birth rate were all significantly higher than the sham ear acupressure group and control group."
Qu, F., Zhang, D., Chen, L.T., Wang, F.F., Pan, J.X., Zhu, Y.M., Ma, C.M., Huang, Y.T., Ye, X.Q., Sun, S.J. and Zheng, W.J., 2014. Auricular acupressure reduces anxiety levels and improves outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a prospective, randomized and controlled study. Scientific reports, 4, p.5028.