The research showing the many benefits of Auriculotherapy just keeps coming…

It’s been such a long time since I have done one of these research updates: Partly because I regularly update the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuriculotherapyAus/ , also some slackness in keeping this blog updated. Definitely not because there hasn’t been any research – there is heaps. So much I won’t even editorialise it too much…

Clinical study of cervical spondylotic radiculopathy treated with massage therapy combined with Magnetic sticking therapy at the auricular points and the cost comparison…

Compared with the simple massage therapy, the massage therapy combined with magnetic sticking therapy at auricular points achieves the better effect and lower cost in health economics.

I can vouch for this finding personally as we combine Auriculotherapy with Chiropractic work and my personal opinion is that the mix gives me faster and better results and allows us to tap more into organic and emotional issues…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26571889?dopt=Abstract

Clinical observation of breast hyperplasia treated with auricular point sticking therapy and Xiaopijian…

The combined therapy of auricular point sticking and Xiaopijian achieves the superior efficacy on breast hyperplasia as compared with the simple application of Xiaopijian…

Auriculotherapy is a great stand-alone treatment modality but I believe is an even better complement to other holistic approaches…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26571890?dopt=Abstract

Auricular Acupressure Can Modulate Pain Threshold.

Our results showed a significant higher pain threshold in the maximal test at 24 hours after Auriculotherapy (AT) compared to sham treatment. This result indicates for the first time that AT can increase pain tolerability…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26236378?dopt=Abstract

Effect of auricular pressing treatment on myopia in children.

There was significant improvement in binocular naked vision in the experimental group after the intervention compared with the control group…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26237831?dopt=Abstract

Acupuncture for pain control after Caesarean section: a prospective observational pilot study.

Pain intensity on movement on the first postoperative day was 4.3±2.4 and decreased to 2.2±1.2 on the day of discharge. Patient satisfaction was 1.9±0.8 and compliance (rated by their nurses) was 1.5±0. Acupuncture for additional analgesia after CS was well accepted.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26307554?dopt=Abstract

Effects of auricular electrical stimulation on vagal activity in healthy men: evidence from a three-armed randomized trial.

Electroacupuncture but not manual acupuncture was found to have a positive effect on respiratory sinus arrhythmia adjusted for tidal volume indicating vagal activity. The results underline the potential role of auricular electrical stimulation to induce an increase in vagal activity, and it therefore might be used as preventive or adjuvant therapeutic intervention promoting health…

This can get a bit controversial as it is almost taboo to suggest that an electro approach has advantages over traditional needling – but this is why I choose to utilise a more modern approach – especially since diagnosing points is much easier and accurate with the right electronic equipment: I am convinced the relative efficacy of Auriculotherapy lies in precise point identification…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19895369

Auricular acupuncture and vagal regulation.

It has been shown that auricular acupuncture plays a role in vagal activity of autonomic functions of cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. Mechanism studies suggested that afferent projections from especially the auricular branch of the vagus nerve to the nucleus of the solitary tract form the anatomical basis for the vagal regulation of auricular acupuncture…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23304215

Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation protects endotoxemic rat from lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation.

Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (ta-VNS) could evoke parasympathetic activities via activating the brainstem autonomic nuclei, similar to the effects that are produced after vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). VNS modulates immune function through activating the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway.

This is powerful results when you consider the invasiveness of VNS…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23346208

Effects of serum derived from rats undergone auricular acupuncture intervention on expression of TNF-alpha mRNA, cell adhesion factor-1 and vascular intercellular adhesion molecule-1 proteins of incubated cerebral microvascular endotheliocytes with diabetic injury.

Auricular Electro Acupuncture intervention can lighten diabetic cellular injury, suppress TNF alpha mRNA expression and reduce ICAM-1 and sVCAM-1 concentrations of cerebral microvascular endotheliocytes…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23383451

Effects of electroacupuncture at auricular concha region on the depressive status of unpredictable chronic mild stress rat models.

The present study suggested that Electro Acupuncture in the Auricular Concha Region can elicit similar cardio-inhibitory effects as Vagus Nerve Stimulation, and significantly antagonized Unpredictable Chronic Mild Stress induced depressive status… The antidepressant effect is possibly mediated via the normalization of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis hyperactivity…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23431349

Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation in healthy humans reduces sympathetic nerve activity.

Ear Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (tVNS) can increase HRV and reduce sympathetic nerve outflow, which is desirable in conditions characterized by enhanced sympathetic nerve activity, such as heart failure. tVNS can therefore influence human physiology and provide a simple and inexpensive alternative to invasive VNS…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25164906

Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation triggers melatonin secretion and is antidepressive in Zucker diabetic fatty rats.

Our results show that ZDF rats are ideal candidates of innate depression and that taVNS is antidepressive through triggering melatonin secretion and increasing its production…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25347185

Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve dermatome in the external ear is protective in rat cerebral ischemia.

Electric stimulation of the vagus nerve dermatome in the external ear activates brainstem afferent vagal nuclei and reduces infarct volume in rats. This finding has potential to facilitate the development of treatments that leverage the brain’s endogenous neuroprotective pathways at the setting of acute ischemic stroke…

I can speak for this effect first hand – I sat next to my unconscious mother as she slowly passed from the impacts of a stroke and performed Auriculotherapy at regular intervals – each time noticeable physiological improvements occurred from visible breathing patterns, to sense of ease to blood pressure…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25312600

Non-invasive Access to the Vagus Nerve Central Projections via Electrical Stimulation of the External Ear: fMRI Evidence in Humans.

Cymba conchae stimulation, compared to earlobe (control) stimulation, produced significant activation of the “classical” central vagal projections…

Any Auriculotherapist will say “why of course” – the concha is the thoracic and abdominal zone or vagal zone while the lobe is the head and brain zone or cervical plexus…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25573069

Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Modulates Default Mode Network in Major Depressive Disorder.

tVNS can significantly modulate the DMN FC of MDD patients; our results provide insights to elucidate the brain mechanism of tVNS treatment for MDD patients - the 24-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale score reduced significantly…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25963932

Chinese auriculotherapy to improve quality of life of nursing team.

Individualized auriculotherapy had greater effect compared to the protocol auriculotherapy for reducing stress and improving life quality…

This demonstrates the importance of individualised point selection – you need the correct technology to guarantee this…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25946503

Auricular acupressure for pain relief in adolescents with dysmenorrhea: a placebo-controlled study.

Auricular acupressure relieves menstrual pain and distress in high-school adolescents…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23130943

The long-term effects of auricular therapy using magnetic pearls on elderly with insomnia.

The results of this study indicate that auricular therapy could have a long-term effect on improving the quality as well as the quantity of sleep among the elderly…

Many of my patients comment on how well they sleep after a session – we have even joked about running a sleep clinic where people come in for treatment as close to bed time as possible…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12801493?dopt=Abstract

A randomized controlled trial of auricular acupressure in heart rate variability and quality of life for hypertension.

Acupressure can be applied at the acupoints of shenmen, sympathetic, kidney, liver, heart, and subcortex to improve physical pain and mental health for hypertensive patients…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25847557?dopt=Abstract

Study on the best solution of immediate analgesia of acupuncture for migraine.

Comparing with the headache before treatment, at the time points of 10 and 20 minutes after treatment, the best solution for headache relief was needling therapy, auricular electroacupuncture therapy and bloodletting at Taiyang, Zimai or Taiyang and Ashi points…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21058472?dopt=Abstract

Efficacy of acupuncture combined with auricular point sticking on the content of serum prostaglandin F2α, and plasma arginine vasopressin in patients with menstrual headache.

Body acupuncture combined with auricular point sticking achieves positive efficacy for menstrual headache and its mechanism could be related to regulating the abnormal levels of serum PGF2α and plasma AVP….

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25854019?dopt=Abstract

The effects of auricular electroacupuncture on obesity in female patients - a prospective randomized placebo-controlled pilot study.

In conclusion electrical auricular acupuncture could be a safe, additive, non-pharmacological treatment in obese patients.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24559812

Acupuncture in treating sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a report of 2 cases.

Fullness in ear disappeared during the first treatment in both cases, and the first patient also felt great improvement in hearing during the first treatment. After 10 treatments, the first patient had recovered. In the other patient, hearing had greatly improved after 19 treatments… Acupuncture may be worth trying in patients with SSHL who do not respond to routine medical treatment.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25231566

Clinical efficacy on vertebrobasilar insufficiency treated with auricular acupuncture.

The auricular acupuncture therapy achieves the definite efficacy on VBI and the efficacy is better than flunarizine hydrochloride capsules.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25876341

Improvement in Signs and Symptoms of ADHD, Migraines and Functional Outcomes While Receiving Subluxation Based Torque Release Chiropractic and Cranial Nerve Auriculotherapy…

http://www.torquerelease.com.au/AVSR-Hodgson-Fox.pdf

Correlation of electrical conductance in meridian and autonomic nervous activity after auricular acupressure in middle-aged women.

Auriculotherapy tends to inactivate the sympathetic nervous activity demonstrated by both Heart Rate Variability and meridian electrical conductance changes and so it may modulate the autonomic nervous system to exert its physiological effect…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24865945

Effect of auriculotherapy on menstrual irregularities in single girls with polycystic ovarian syndrome and aged 18-35 years in Isfahan in 2012.

Auriculotherapy is more effective on reduction of menstruation disorders, compared to medicational therapy.

Wow that should be well known?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25878694

Ear acupuncture for co-occurring substance abuse and borderline personality disorder: an aid to encourage treatment retention and tobacco cessation.

The use of acudetox was positively correlated with both successful completion of the programme for those with BPD as well as successful tobacco cessation, which ultimately improves the ability to maintain sobriety.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24824499

Ear acupuncture and fMRI: a pilot study for assessing the specificity of auricular points.

Our results provide preliminary evidence on the specificity of two auricular acupoints; further research is warranted by means of fMRI both in healthy volunteers and in patients carrying neurological/psychiatric syndromes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24867864

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