NON-NEEDLE EAR ACUPUNCTURE FOR INSOMNIA
Auriculotherapy is a type of acupuncture that can be delivered without the use of needles. The inner ear contains points that connect to energy pathways or meridians that travel throughout the body. In addition, all types of acupuncture have been shown to elicit the release of natural chemicals that can relieve pain and reduce anxiety. Acupuncture is not only about treating symptoms but also about delving deeply into patterns of imbalance.
The relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems is of vital importance relative to immune system health. For immune support, there is a special point on the ear that can help restore this balance. The sympathetic point is related to the emotional part of the nervous system. Stimulation to this point can help alleviate stress and anxiety related to an over-stimulated sympathetic nervous system.
At Back in Motion Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Daphne our doctor utilizes an immune support protocol which includes additional ear points that have connections to the digestive and respiratory systems. He utilizes a portable electrical probe which is effective with or without needles. This device has allowed many patients with ‘needle-phobia” to realize the benefits of acupuncture.
Auriculotherapy has also been effective as an adjunct to weight loss and smoking cessation programs. For those who seek to strengthen their body against viruses, weight loss should be a primary focus. A recent study in the UK found that men with a BMI of 30 or more had a significant chance at realizing a deadly outcome from COVID-19.
Many patients who have been treated with this auriculotherapy protocol at Back in Motion Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Daphne have reported major improvements in sleep quality. Of all the factors that lead to a depressed and weakened immune response, insomnia would arguably be at the top of the list.