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Auriculotherapy is safe, effective micro-current stimulation of nerve endings on the outer ears to help balance and/or normalise a range of physiological and psychological functions.

In 1990, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) proclaimed to an international gathering that – “Auricular acupuncture is probably the most developed and best documented, scientifically, of all the micro-systems of acupuncture and is the most practical and widely used.” The WHO lists 150 diseases that Auriculotherapy is appropriate for.

While originally based upon ancient Chinese Ear Acupuncture, the mapping of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear was first developed in modern France.

In 1957, Dr Paul Nogier, a physician from Lyon, France, observed the occurrence of scars on the ear of patients who had been treated successfully for sciatica pain by lay practitioners. Dr Nogier’s subsequent research lead to the “somatotopic” map of the ear, based upon the concept of an inverted “fetus” (upside-down baby) orientation.

Research studies in China and the USA verified the scientific accuracy of auricular diagnosis. In China the ear points of over 2,000 patients were assessed recording which points correlated with certain diseases and which ear points lead to reduction of medical symptoms. At UCLA 75% accuracy was achieved in correctly diagnosing the location of the musculoskeletal pain problems of 40 patients.

Expert panels were formed by the World Health Organization leading to international standardization of identification of ear reflex points.

Jay Holder AuriculotherapyAuriculotherapy is often confused with ear acupuncture but it uses no needles, and instead of “meridians” uses nerve connections. A micro-current stimulator is placed on reflex points on the outside of the ear. These points then send a message to the brain based on the location of the reflex point being treated.

Imagine your brain as a computer. Inside this computer is a “map” of the entire body. This map is projected onto the ear through the body’s nervous system. Accessing the points on the map is like using a computer’s keyboard or mouse to gain entrance into the system. With this system we are able to directly treat a number of problems and conditions through the “brain’s computer”.

There are no “meridians” that cross the ear, but a rich network of nerve endings which travel from the skin of the ear, through cranial and cervical nerve roots, back into the brain. The ear to brain connection is the shortest and most direct of any of the body’s neurological “micro-systems” (a small representation of the whole body’s anatomy). The map of the body on the ear is called a “homunculus”.

Auriculotherapy is the only direct micro-system that can be used for diagnosis and treatment. Iridology is the only other direct micro-system, but this can only be used for diagnosis. All other Microsystems such as foot reflexology and Acupuncture are indirect.

Micro-current instruments are used as the intervention of choice due to their ability to normalise the functions of the nerves being treated.


    Chiropractors looking for a neurologically based supportive therapy that is congruent and complementary with Chiropractic practice.

    Tech Chiropractic Assistants, Nurses, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Reflexologists, Physiotherapists,  Psychologists, Naturopaths – Basically any person wanting to learn a new and effective therapeutic modality.

    Since Auriculotherapy is not acupuncture this training does not require registration to be practiced.


Dr Nick Hodgson was named the 2005 Victorian Chiropractor of the Year and has been personally mentored by Dr Jay Holder. He has been responsible for initiating Torque Release Technique, Auriculotherapy and Addictionology training in Australia. He is one of Australia's most experienced TRT Chiropractors and has been utilizing Auriculotherapy in his practices since 2003.

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