Unlike acupuncture, auriculotherapy treatment is based on directly affecting the human nervous system, whereas acupuncture is based on “energy meridians.” Auriculotherapy is an FDA approved treatment, and is used for many treatments other than addictions, such as musculoskeletal diseases, control of chronic pain, and appetite control for weight loss.
Auriculotherapy treats the “nerve reflex points” on the ear to stimulate the nervous system and other parts of the body. A small amount of micro-electricity (5 – 20 Hz) is delivered by a hand-held probe that causes a mild tingling sensation when applied.
There is a set pattern of points specifically treated for smokers, including a specific nicotine point. The treatment effectively wipes out the major cravings we have from smoking. Auriculotherapy has shown time and time again to be very effective for the patient who truly wants to quit smoking. In fact, research conducted at UCLA has shown that even after 6 months, 80% of the participants treated had not smoked! (You may even get nauseous if you try). It has helped many when nicotine patches and gum, and other means haven’t worked.
Auriculotherapy is a clinical science recognized by the World Health Organization and has undergone many in-depth studies at major universities here in the U.S. and abroad.