Ear Acupuncture, Face Acupuncture, Body Acupuncture?

March 1, 2012

One of the things I am often asked about is, “Where am I needled?”

There are many forms of acupuncture that evolved throughout the ages, as a Teacher of acupuncture and a Clinical supervisor,I have had to teach students many styles of acupuncture, and sometimes, patients have a preference of where they want to be needled.   I can needle them anywhere.

A good practitioner never has to directly treat the site of injury.

For example, if you are suffering from acute pain in the lower back, a few carefully selected points might be stimulated on your ear, scalp, hands, feet, wrist or ankle.   Classical Acupuncturists like to needle below the knees and elbows, whereas modern TCM practitioners like to needle the torso and the sites of pain.
Some like to exclusively needle the Ear, and others like the Scalp.  There are individual systems and styles, that have come into vogue recently.  Some are better for particular diseases, for example Scalp Acupuncture is good for strokes and neurological diseases.  Face Acupuncture is good for cosmetic issues and Bell’s Palsy.
All styles and systems  are good and have merit.  What counts is the result.

 

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