auricular acupuncture

Ear Acupuncture for Weight Loss

By | May 31st, 2014|Acupuncture research|

A patient of mine alerted me to this Korean study.  They compared sham ear acupuncture (needles placed then immediately withdrawn) to 5 ear acupuncture points (Korean formula) and 1 ear acupuncture point (Hunger point.)  Both the 5 point and the one point treatment reduced BMI by about 6%.  My patient and I are now sporting hunger [...]

Auricular Stimulation for Pelvic Pain Control

By | May 26th, 2012|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Friend of blog, Vitaly Napadow, has an interesting study looking at ear stimulation for pelvic pain.  His group used transcutaneous-vagus nerve stimulation (t-VNS) synchronized with the exhalation phase of respiration to study the response to chronic pelvic pain.  They compared this synchronized auricular stim to non-vagal auricular stim.  This is a patient population characterized by [...]