Ear Acupuncture with needles or seeds
Ear acupuncture is the insertion of thin metal needles into acupuncture points in the ear, or placement herbal seeds or magnetic pieces in the ear point for constant therapeutic stimulation. The practice is a form of acupuncture based on the theory that the ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire brain represented on the outer portion of the ear. There are currently several different, but very similar styles of ear acupuncture. Ear acupuncture is often used as an an additional treatment to increase the effectiveness of manual acupuncture or electro-acupuncture. Sometimes it is used singly to help smoking cessation and substance withdrawal.