The greatest assets of auricular acupuncture include the ability to change the mood of a patient, relaxation and instant pain relief. These actions are frequently experienced by many patients. Research has shown that because of the direct action via the limbic system in the brain, auricular acupuncture can balance the neurotransmitters and other hormones involved in maintaining healthy brain and endocrine function. This also explains the pain relieving properties of auricular acupuncture as this affects the endorphin levels, the body's natural pain killers to release more into the body.
Auricular Acupuncture uses specific reflex points in the ear to treat a variety of conditions. It is used either as a stand alone treatment or to strengthen the full body acupuncture treatments when appropriate. Auricular Acupuncture has many unique qualities and strengths. From experience, these include: PTSD, Anxiety, Bi-polar disorder, depression Treating infertility;Weight management, including appetite reduction ; Addictions, helping with cravings and withdrawal symptoms (including smoking) ; Pain management; ( Auricular Acupuncture has even been used recently by the US army in the battlefield as a substitute for analgesics.); Stress and insomnia. Anthony Keating is Brisbane's leading practitioner of Auricular Therapy using the advanced point detection method called VAS.