A relatively new practice, auricular acupuncture utilises acupuncture points on the ear and was developed in China and France in the 1950s. Points on the ear have been found to correspond to different parts of the body, and are stimulated with either needles or tiny beads or seeds.
During an acupuncture session, ear points are often needled as other points on the body. Seeds or beads, which are securely fastened on to the ear with tape, can then be left in place after the treatment. You can stimulate them by pressing on the point, which gives a continued effect after treatment.
Auricular acupuncture can help many conditions and is especially beneficial for pain. It can be a great support for people who wish to stop smoking.