Auriculotherapy is based on the premise that the entire body is represented on the outer portion of the ear, in a similar fashion to reflexology, and that the entire body can be treated by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.
Dr. Paul F. Nogier, M.D., in 1957, first proposed that the ear is a complete energetic system; the only organ that has acupoints which can affect the entire body. This allowed the physician non-invasive access to the entire body through needling, massaging or stimulating the ear.
Benefits of Ear Coning
Ear Coning is a non-invasive and relaxing method of gently cleansing the ear.
Coning helps stimulate these ear points to rebalance the flow of energy - regulating
the body's internal organs and functions and stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's own ‘feel-good’ chemicals. For example, by stimulating the kidney meridian to ensure the Qi energy is ample, the ear is well nourished and hearing is acute.
Anecdotal benefits of ear coning include:
**The one hour session begins with relaxing back massage, a thorough face and neck massage, to encourage proper sinus and lymphatic drainage, auricular massage during the coning, and a hand massage for a complete body treatment.**
Fig 1. A typical ear coning candle
Ear coning, also called Ear candling or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal.
In 1992, the German "Riza Psicosomatica" magazine published an article which reported the results of a number of tests carried out by a group of doctors on the use of the otosan ear cone. From this research it emerged that the cone may be efficacious in certain pathological conditions of the ear and principally on two very frequent complaints: the obstruction of the ear duct due to wax and otalgia during otitis.
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