Ear acpuncture eliminates the desire to smoke. This same principle is used to treat many other types of addiction, including addiction to hard drugs like heroin.

Here too acupuncture is very useful as the patient experiences very few withdrawal symptoms and is easily able to give up the habit. Acupuncture however cannot cure the underlying cause of the addiction, which is the patient's inability to cope with his environment.

The treatment is therefore only effective in curing the patient of his habit when the other factors have been attended to and the patient truly wishes to be independent of drugs. Whenever he has the urge to take drugs he is advised to massage the ear
needle which stimulates the release of endorphins in the brain.

This immediately removes the urge to take drugs while an excessive stimulation of the ear needle may even make the patient slightly euphoric!


Auriculotherapy involves the stimulation of specific acupuncture points of the external ear for diagnosis and treatment of health conditions. Stimulation of ear acu-points is accomplished by inserting several tiny needles into the ear points which are retained anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.

Occasionally several points may be stimulated with electro-acupuncture. Lasers, magnets, and electronic devices are also frequently used methods of stimulation. Taped products such as "acubeads" or seeds are often retained for long term use.

Auricular acupuncture is a treatment system based on normalizing the body's pain and dysfunction
through stimulation of points on the ear. Resulting amelioration of pain and illness is believed to be through the reticular formation through the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

These points can be treated with needles, or without needles using electrical stimulation or small pellets or seeds applied with tape and pressed to stimulate the points

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