Ear Bling for Pain
This week we attended a wellness fair in our area for our City and County employees. Since October is breast cancer awareness month we applied pink Swarovski crystal ear beads to the ear. Both gals and guys were rocking the look!
Ear acupuncture, known as auricular therapy, has been used throughout history to treat all kinds of health problems. Mentions of ear treatments occur in ancient Chinese texts from 500 BC and also throughout Europe, Greece and Egypt. Modern auricular therapy is used by many practitioners to help decrease pain and balance the body. Most recently the US Army has been utilizing ear acupuncture (using a protocol called Battlefield Acupuncture) as a way to help with pain and reduce prescription drug reliance. See more regarding their work by clicking here.
The place where we put the ear bead is a great area to show it off but it is also an amazingly therapeutic point. The name, Shen Men, means “Spirit Gate or Wonder Point”. Shen Men is considered a Master Point of the ear. Master Points have a strong impact on all systems of the body. This point is known for its calming and balancing effects. It helps alleviate stress, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and inflammation. We use Shen Men on most patients to balance the nervous system and to help them relax into their treatment.