Had auricular acupuncture yet? Your ears are what we call micro systems, or maps, corresponding to all portions of the rest of your body. Auricular acupuncture uses acupuncture points of the outside portions of the ears to bring about good changes in health. Some acupuncturists use only auricular acupuncture while some use it with other techniques and some don’t do it at all. It can be very helpful if the part of the body that needs treatment is inaccessible to needles, for example if a limb is in a cast or if the limb is absent but there is still pain. Also, it can be a very relaxing technique for patients. It’s another useful tool in your acupuncturist’s toolbox. Ever notice how babies (and sometimes adults too!) will rub their ears to self soothe? It’s a nice, self-medicating tool. Try gently rubbing all around the outside of your ears as a general health boost- it’s great! And, if you haven’t experienced ear acupuncture and want to give it a try ask your acupuncturist. If they don’t do it they can direct you to someone who does.