Aw-rick-cue-lo-what?! Does the Ear Contain a Secret Map for Healing? : Exculsive Renegade Health Article

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auriculotherapy healing easy as a sunset
Could this type of healing be as easy as watching a sunset? (Fisherman’s Beach outside of Nosara, Costa Rica)

A good number of years ago, I was sitting in my friend Nick Ortner’s apartment (you may know him from The Tapping Solution)…

He had just purchased a massive DVD set from a guy named Gary Craig. The DVDs were a complete course on how to use meridian point tapping (or EFT) to help with anxiety, weight loss, fear and phobias, physical pain, disease and more. Gary developed this strange technique by following many of Dr. Roger Callahan’s work with a practice called TFT or Thought Field Therapy.

Usually, we’d watch movies or a football game, but that day he wanted me to watch one of the DVDs where Mr. Criag manages to completely eliminate a man’s fear of water.

As the program started, there was a montage of images of people pressing and tapping their faces and torsos. I looked at Nick wondering if my friend had finally gone too far. He’d always been into self improvement and energy techniques, but this was absurd.

He told me to keep watching.

Reluctantly, I did.

What I saw was amazing…

We both sat in awe as Mr. Craig brought a man – who was obviously deathly afraid of swimming – into a pool using this crazy tapping technique and eventually managed to make him comfortable enough to float around on a few pool noodles.

My perspective on energy techniques completely shifted that day.

Eventually I watched the whole series, interviewed and met other practitioners of EFT like Carol Look and Rick Wilkes, read Donna Eden’s energy medicine books and promised to keep my mind open to possibilities I otherwise might have written off a foolish.

Recently, I was introduced to another type of energy therapy that – before I got into EFT – I would have laughed at, but these days, I’m kind of excited about.

The technique is called Auriculotherapy (aw-rick-cue-lo-therapy) and its roots are planted deeply in Chinese medicine. This is an ancient form of acupressure that has been used for years to help eliminate pain, anxiety (did people have anxiety 5000 years ago in China?), physical aliments and more.

In the 1950’s, a French physicist named Dr. Paul Nogier took the technology and turned it into more of a “western” science by mapping the ear. His findings determined that the ear was similar to the fetus (upside-down) and points on and around the ear corresponded to certain meridian points in the body.

Keep in mind, if I hadn’t found EFT or tapping, I would have scoffed at all of this, but any type of acupressure technique I come across these days, I explore – my thought is that if they work there’s little risk at all – they’re non-invasive, cheap and may have significant returns.

I purchased a book Nick tipped me off to called The Amazing Science of Auriculotherapy to start my research. Basically, wanted I wanted to find out was if there was any truth to the claims that it could “unlock” the body’s own “pharmacy” to relieve pain, reduce high blood pressure, quit smoking permanently, revive low sex drive and effectively treat hundreds of other health problems and diseases.

Pretty big claims, but were they true?

Here’s what I found (and you might be surprised…)

1. Healing through the ear is deeply rooted in Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western Massage practices.

When I look to see the efficacy of any type of therapy, the first thing I ask is how long has it been around?

While the name Auriculotherapy has been around for only about 50-60 years, the manual manipulation of the ear as therapy has been around for thousands more.

You can find roots in Chinese medicine as well as Ayurvedic practices.

Here’s a quick video of a Chinese practitioner demonstrating some of the meridian points in the ear…

These practices have been adopted by modern massage therapists too. As you can see here…

Qi Gong masters will sometimes advocate the massaging of the ears as a daily practice as well.

While history may not be able to determine if something is effective or not, generally things that stand the test of time are worth looking into.

2. What about the science?

Unfortunately, there’s little money to made by proving the efficacy of a technique that is free to do and can be done by anyone at home. This makes finding science on most natural techniques very difficult.

What’s promising about the science behind – at least acupuncture and acupressure – is that they have been studied sufficiently to determine that they’re viable and useful tools. In fact, the NIH has approved acupuncture for medical usage, and inside of this approval includes using the technique on the ears and other meridians.

I’m generally hot and cold with scientific research anyway. Sometimes it’s necessary and sometimes it’s not – other times the science is just wrong or interpreted poorly.

So when I look to something like this, I understand that the value of a therapy may not lie in it’s body or research, but what it physically or effectively does for you.

I’ll explain here…

3. If it feels good, something must be happening.

After reading the book, I spent some time practicing pressing some of the target points that have been mapped out originally by Dr. Nogier.

The first thing that struck me was how good it felt to press these points on my ear. This wasn’t just a feel-good-because-I-hope-I-will feeling. I actually felt a physical endorphin reaction in my body.

This chemical release is one of the first indications to me that a protocol like this could actually unlock the body’s ability to heal – since our emotions are so carefully linked to your physical well being.

The only other massage technique that gives me this similar feeling is foot reflexology. If you’ve ever had this type of therapy, you understand how amazing your whole body can feel afterwords.

It’s true that your disease state is directly related to your feeling state.

4. The hunger and cravings point works!

I don’t have many health complaints. I shouldn’t really. I’m young, I’m active, and upbeat.

Some of you may know about my 100% raw food experiments that went haywire, but I can share those again some other time.

As I was looking through the book at all the points (it must list over 50 or more for specific issues) the one that struck me the most was the cravings / hunger suppression point.

I was hungry at the time – I hadn’t eaten in probably 8 hours or so – and I decided to push on the point to see if there was any instant relief. I was doubtful when I did, but very quickly I felt the pangs in my stomach disappear. It seemed that my squeezing was like the equivalent of sliding a dimmer switch. The harder I pressed the less hunger I felt.

After doing this a few times, I was amazed that my hunger and cravings for food had completely gone away. (Which, if you ask Annmarie, is quite an impossible feat, LOL!)

In case you’re wondering, I’ll share this point with you right now…

It’s actually right on the “tragus,” which is the little flap that sticks out in front of your ear canal.

Give it a squeeze and see what happens…

tragus auriculotherapy

5. Mercury toxicity point?

Every therapy has it’s pluses and minuses. I personally think that Auriculotherapy is a great tool for many issues related to stress, anxiety, pain, cravings, and dealing with the emotions that are associated with disease. I also know that acupressure channels can open up meridians to allow the body to heal, so yes, it’s likely that the healing process can be assisted using this tool (in conjunction with a well thought out treatment plan.)

Where I think the therapy does fall short is at the “mercury detoxification point” and a few others that were mentioned in the book (including Tuberculosis). I’m sure there’s no science behind this particular claim (or a few others), nor would I rely on pressing points on the ear to effectively remove toxic metals from my body.

But like all therapies, you have to know their limitations and by working within those parameters, you can have success.

6. Cost effective, “no harm, no foul,” and high value proposition.

When I take a look at therapies the other thing I like to do, besides looking at its actual effectiveness is compare the cost to value in terms of healing.

Some therapies cost thousands of dollars and can save your life. Others cost pennies and can harm you.

So there’s a value vs. cost vs. potential effectiveness play that goes into what I do for myself and what I don’t.

So for instance when it comes to water filters, you can buy a good reverse osmosis system for a couple hundred dollars and completely clean and filter your water. On the other hand, you can buy a water ionizer for $4000 that doesn’t even remove fluoride.

I’d – every time – recommend that reverse osmosis system because it does more for its value.

When it comes to Auriculotherapy, this is a no-brainer. Why? Because you just need to get a book for $39.95 – your only investment – and take the time to do it yourself. (You don’t even need to buy a book, but it’s best to have a road map!)

There’s no harm in pressing points on your ear and the rewards could be significant for you. What if you could eliminate smoking or other addictions, stop being nervous, eliminate stress, lose weight, control cravings, relieve constipation, headaches, insomnia or more?

In my time working on the American Stock Exchange (very short time, BTW), I learned that you wanted to hedge your trades to limit your financial exposure.

Health is obviously much different than trading “puts” or “calls” of International Paper, but this same concept applies in this way – you want to make sure that you’re measuring the risk vs. reward in any proposition. Does the cost of the treatment yield great results or are there risks involved that could point you toward another treatment that could give you the same results with less financial or health risk?

This is, of course, up to you to to determine based on your own goals, lifestyle disease and whatever other considerations you may have.

7. Find out for yourself…

I don’t want you to rely on me to determine what works or what not. I want you to try things on your own and come to conclusions that work for you.

In terms of Auriculotherapy, I’d suggest getting a copy of this ebook that maps out completely over 50 different points on the ear that can help you heal – or at the very least – release your cravings and hunger pangs like it did for me!

Here’s where you can read more about this therapy and get the book now…

Your question of the day: Have you tried this therapy? Do you believe energy therapy works?

Live Awesome!

P.S. You can learn more about my friend Nick’s work here:

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Rene Oswald says:

    Yes, I used Auriculotherapy when I was searching for a cure for the Mastocytosis. It was powerful for me. My severe nausea was dramatically relieved and the relief would last for 2-3 days, which was amazing, since nothing else had given me relief like that. I also starting adding more raw food to my diet, wheatgrass juice, implants and colonics and at that time and I feel the combination of everything I was doing worked together to allow my body to heal.

  2. Kuru says:

    Yes, as a massage therapist, I use ear massage all the time. It almost always gets a smile from the client, as people never imagine the ears have tension too. A gentle touch feels good, but I like to get permission to really squeeze into the sore points throughout the ear for one minute; people often squirm and even yell, but they can’t believe the change in their clarity and general feeling of well-being. I’ve received intense therapy using that little tool, and it had me on the ceiling! But wellness ensued. A greatly beneficial therapy!

  3. Barbarah says:

    My clients get so much benefit when I combine Reflexology and Ear Auriculotherapy.
    My last client came withchronic shoulder pain and left my office pain free. Great combination. I love it.

  4. LynnCS says:

    Sounds good to me. I have always fiddled with my ears. I would love to get that map. I wonder what is wrong with me that the outer part of my ear doesn’t roll much. Can’t remember if they’ve always been like that, but don’t like them to show. I’d like to find out more. Thanks, Kevin. Lynn

  5. sam says:

    Hi I am starting a 30 day fast today incorporating the Breuss Cancer Cure so thanks for the Tragus trick! I love food o this might help me immensely!!!!!!

  6. Terry says:

    I use Essential Oils on everything and for everything, and the ears are my target along with the feet. It is simply amazing the results you can achieve by simple rubbing pure theraputic oils, NO perfume oils,on these pressure points. Very important to know this therepy can release some pretty strong emotional feelings, which is wonderful, just be aware of it.

  7. Thomas says:

    Auriculotherapy is quite a widespread practice.
    If you Google “Auriculotherapy” you will see plenty of links. There are schools that will certify you to practice it, and sites that post current news on the subject, as well as several ear charts to download. Even videos on YouTube to instruct.

    As a child I would massage my ears when I had a headache or cold and it always seemed to work. There are definitely connections present.

  8. Anne says:

    I’d like to get a hard copy of this book, cannot find it anywhere and is it available in australia?
    I find I do not use ebooks and would rather have a book to refer to.

  9. Jack says:

    I use this in working with people. See Carolyn Mein’s Emotional Release book. There is a chart of points on the ear.

  10. Lyn Gottani says:

    Auriculotherapy if done with Young Living Oils has been documented as curing deftness.The theory is the small feelers inside our ears have not connected at birth and with the proper oil [Young Living Oils being pure and they cause energy and reconnect the feelers] Gary Young has 6 documented cases of cured deftness.

  11. Marlies says:

    I also use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils on my ears and yes, bottom of the feet. Large pores on the soles of the foot lets oils into your body in seconds. I will now look deeper into each point of the ear to see what oils to use. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. I have and do use it on myself and family it works on us, we also use and take care of ourself with you have to take care of you.

  13. Michelle says:

    I was actually pretty hungry when I read this and tried pulling, pressing, etc on the Tragus and still felt the hunger pangs. How long and with what pressure do you press on the Tragus?

  14. Sue says:

    Yes, this therapy is amazing. It was used on my son when he was in gradeschool to stimulate his growth and worked right away, done with acupuncture needles in the ear. It can balance lots of things when done very accurately. It was done remotely on me to clear plantar faschitis.

  15. Kuru says:

    There’s a Brain Gym exercise that has you “uncurl” your ears from top to bottom to bring to memory something forgotten. It works like a charm; you will remember in less than a minute.

  16. I have experienced this therapy many times with different mindset/protocols with each practitioner-one thing I took away from it-other than experiencing healing, is that now-I find myself rubbing points on my ear and feet when I use essential oils, generally the little left on my fingers and always feel good-it’s not a concious thing anylonger, I just do it-Can’t hurt!!!!

  17. susan says:

    From comment 14…how do you uncurl your ears…would love to know how to do this as as getting older seem to forget why I’ve gone into a room sometimes….thanks

  18. Mike says:

    Sure I ordered the ebook, out of curiosity. Hey, if it will be the answers claimed, I wished I’d have heard of it long ago.

    I do have a query: where may one obtain therapeutic grade essential oils?

  19. Bonnie Alexander, L.Ac. says:

    Try finding Terry Oleson’s Auriculotherapy book or the small compact book by Li-Chun Huang, OMD.
    I use the ear points in my clinic almost always.
    Alexander Acupuncture & Herbs

  20. Susan says:

    I’ve always trusted what you put out but this sounds like a commercial. All I ask, as a vulnerable consumer, of anyone promoting healthy alternatives, is for that person just to reveal if he or she is receiving any financial benefits from selling or hawking a book or other product. People make a lot of money in this business because they build trust and others, like me, want someone they can go to for the straight answer. The only thing this article was lacking was the “Hurry, get your ebook while supplies last!”

  21. Jay Narayan says:

    Hi Kevin

    I have done several years of research on natural medicine for cancer and have pieced together info from several scientific research results from well-respected Universities and Research Institutes and have finally produced a herbal/spicy medicine that I believe works on people with cancer. I have tried on several cancer patients very successfully. It is entirely edible with no negative side-effects and has properties that makes it both an Alternative an a Preventative medicine. Like the FDA, our Health Department wants it to be tested by an independent body. I simply cannot afford the costs, but wish I could supply it free to cancer patients all over the world. The material + couriered shipping costs alone would be about USD140 per month. It needs to be taken fresh within 45 days of delivery – extracts would not be half as effective.

    Kevin, have you got any ideas how I can go about this without getting rich? Look forward to your reaction! Kind regards

    (Incidentally, I am a political economist)

  22. Yes, as an acupuncturist, I too use this method.. One aspect that you might find of interest is the NADA protocol. This is a system where 5 auricular points are used with acupunctur to treat addictions. It was developed at Lincoln hospital in he Bronx, and is now used in methadone clinics and drug rehab centers all over the country (and probably the world). Nurses are trained to use this auricular acupuncture protocol in these settings because it is so effective. Auricular acupuncture therapy is also used “on the field” in the military, and for PTSD trauma and other concerns for victims of disaster (Google “Acupunctuirists Without Borders”)
    Good stuff indeed.

  23. Yes the ear contains a healing map. Our energy meridians run throughout our entire body. It is all connected. I do auricular acupunture and the benefits are awesome. It is amazing how your whole body, mind, and spirit get brought back into balance with a few needles in a few spots on the ears. 🙂

  24. Healinglaughter says:

    Yes me too, I use Auricular Therapy all the time in my clinic and have great results. I studied 2 years with Dr. Li-Chun Huang, OMD. and she’s done 1000’s and 1000’s of case studies in China.
    It works, sometimes it takes away long chronic ailments in one treatment 100%. Its miraculous when that happens. The whole body is not only represented in the ear, but as other people said, in the feet and also in the hand (Korean Hand therapy) (I treat those too)and even at the nose or at and around the mouth. In fact each part of the body is always representing the whole body. So I can treat the back of the neck special points on the back of the leg etc.
    Sibylle Healing Laughter
    Healing Laughter Center

  25. Becky says:

    Like somebody else commented here, I’d like to get a hard copy of this book but can’t find anything about a hardcopy version on the internet. Can anybody help? Thank You.

  26. josephine says:

    Maybe stimulating the tragus and antitragus areas, at the same time, cancel each-other out?

  27. josephine says:

    I would definitely buy this ebook, but I won’t have that much money until next month– and I should spend the money on propane, but I will spend it on the book if it still is available.

  28. I am a big believer in self acupressure to control or to divert pain to other areas of the body. I often use bio feedback or meditation to re enforce my objective. In many cases it works. There is 2 points at the back of the neck about one inch away from my ear lobs that I apply a good deal of pressure to using my middle fingers. It works for me in calming my mind and putting less focus on my symptom.

    Barry Gourmet & Raw

    PS: And yes often my Thai Massage therapist will work in and around my ears so there is something to this. I am a big advocate of message therapy, acupressure therapy, acupuncture therapy,and sauna therapy for wellness.

  29. Tara Bianca says:

    cool…thanks for sharing

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