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Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular AcupunctureWhat is Auricular Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of healing. The Auricular Acupuncture method involves putting five needles into each ear. These needles are placed in special points in the ear, which link with other parts of your body.

How does Auricular Acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine, the acupuncture needles touch special points in the ear that allow energy to flow to other parts of the body. The five points used (the kidney, liver, lungs, nervous system and spirit) are the best points to help people who are stopping using alcohol or drugs.

What will it do for me?
It may help you to relax and feel less stress and pain. It can make you feel you have more energy and feel healthier. It can help you to get to sleep at night and it may help you feel calmer and better able to cope.

How is it done?
Very fine needles are placed in the five points in each ear. You are then asked to sit and relax for 30/40 minutes, and then the needles are taken out.

Does it hurt?
Most people hardly feel the needles go in. Sometimes there is a small sting or pinch that only lasts for a second. There should be no pain or discomfort during the treatment itself.

Is the treatment safe?
Yes, Auricular Acupuncture is very safe. All the people who give the treatment are trained and registered annually by S.M.A.R.T. UK.

Is there any danger of infection from Auricular Acupuncture?
The needles are sterile and completely safe. After they are used, the needles are thrown away. New sterile needles, taken from sealed packages are used for each person.

What if I don’t like needles?
Acupuncture needles are very different from regular, hypodermic needles. They are much thinner and shorter.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t have Auricular Acupuncture?
If you have any skin rashes or sores on your ears you may not be able to have acupuncture. You should also inform the person who gives you acupuncture if you have a heart pacemaker, epilepsy, haemophilia, or if you are, or think you are, pregnant. This does not mean that you cannot have the treatment, only that fewer acupuncture needles may be used.

How will I feel after the treatment?
Some people may experience a burst of energy, while others may feel relaxed or even tired. Sometimes people feel light-headed after the first treatment. What are acupuncture seeds? These are small seeds that have been made sterile and can be used in place of needles to give a much longer treatment. The seeds work like the needles but are not as strong. While they are in place you can rub them with your finger to make a pressure on the ear point. The seeds are put on the ear in the same place as the needles would be and are held there by tape. The seeds do not break the skin like a needle and can be left in for a week or more.

Contact TEDS for details of acupuncture sessions.


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