Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture

Ava Satnick, MD -  - Pediatric Integrative Medicine

Holbrook Health

Ava Satnick, MD

Pediatric Integrative Medicine located in Portola Valley, CA

Acupuncture is a time-honored wellness treatment that has received growing attention in Western cultures and has been the subject of considerable scientific study. Auricular (ear) acupuncture is an area of specialty for Ava Satnick, MD, of Holbrook Health in Portola Valley, California. If you’d like more information or are ready to book your visit, scheduling options include online booking or phone scheduling.

Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture Q & A

What is auricular (ear) acupuncture?

Acupuncture has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine, and it uses a series of very thin treatment needles to create or encourage various reactions in the human body. Traditional wisdom holds that each person has an essential life force, called chi or qi, that flows through specific channels throughout the body.

That force can be disrupted by various issues, which in turn can cause problems with health and wellness. Acupuncture, viewed from this traditional perspective, works to enhance and support the flow of chi throughout the body.

A science-backed approach to acupuncture looks at the effects of using treatment needles to stimulate nerve function, circulatory action, and other effects within the body. A growing body of evidence supports the use of these treatments for a wide range of health and wellness applications.

Significant patient feedback also supports the efficacy of acupuncture. Many professional athletes rely on these treatments, as do people from all walks of life and in communities across the nation and the world.

What kinds of issues can auricular (ear) acupuncture address?

Auricular acupuncture focuses on the ear, which has approximately 200 acupuncture points. The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a standard set of 39 different auricular acupuncture points. 

Some of the reported benefits of auricular acupuncture include improvements in:

  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Anxiety 
  • Chronic pain
  • Allergies
  • Digestive issues

These are just some of the areas where people have found relief through auricular acupuncture. 

Is auricular (ear) acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is safe when performed by a highly-skilled medical practitioner. The treatment needles used during sessions are sterile and disposable, so you’ll never receive treatment with needles that were used on another patient.

The needles are not inserted deeply within your body, and they’re not placed anywhere near your eardrum or other essential structures. The process isn’t painful, and many people report feeling almost immediate improvements during sessions. 

It can take a few visits to determine if acupuncture is a good fit for your needs. There’s no need for any form of anesthetic, no advance preparation, and no recovery time associated with auricular (ear) acupuncture.

If you’d like more information, please feel free to reach out to Holbrook Health online or by phone to book a personalized consultation.