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What is the history and background of Auriculotherapy?

Acupuncture and acupressure are ancient but well documented therapies with a recorded history measure in millennia, not just centuries.

Auriculotherapy is a newer modality, with its roots in neuroscience dating back some 60+ years. Originally documented by French neuroscientist Paul Nogier who investigated the ear as a microsystem which reflected the nervous system of the body, onto a small area. Nogier had see the scars on ears that rural healers had provided as part of therapy and had noted their effectiveness.

Nogier presented his research finding to the Chinese military and it was taken into remote areas of China, where medical availability was sparse. Rural doctors with rudimentary training were able to use, and see the results, of their treatments.

Research date that is available is scarce however, although a wealth of empirical data supports the ongoing research into, and use of the ear as a microsystem to affect symptomology of various physical and psychological complaints.

Why Auriculotherapy instead of traditional acupoints?

The use of auriculotherapy can be beneficial because:

Do you use needles?

No, I use an Acupuncture Stimulator Pen and ear seeds.

Devices that electrically stimulate the nervous system are believed to be working upon the inhibitory nerves, whether of not the electrical stimulation was performed proximally, or distally, from the site of pain.

A more traditional, well known example of this is the use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machines to alleviate pain symptoms.

TENS is commonly used for general, chronic pain, labour pain, and dentistry. It is therefore no great stretch of the imagination that electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves, can affect inhibitory neurons elsewhere in the body, including those in the brain areas that perceive and interpret pain signals.

What may Auriculotherapy help with?

There are a number of different protocols and each can be adapted for the individual. These protocols include:

How much does Auriculotherapy cost?

A single session of Auriculotherapy costs £48. Please note that for most symptoms a short course of sessions are recommended (usually between 3 and 5).

How do I book?

To book please call 07709 452412, drop me an email at or complete the contact form.

I will then contact you and establish if Auriculotherapy may be a suitable technique for you to consider. If after reading the disclaimer below and my booking terms and conditions (link) you would like to book, we will arrange both appointments and these will be confirmed on receipt of your payment.


Consult with your Doctor (GP) on all medical issues regarding conditions and treatment. Auriculotherapy is not intended or represented to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is not a substitute for a medical exam, nor does it replace the need for services provided by a medical professional. Always seek the advice of your medical professional before making any changes to your treatment.