WHAT IS AURICULAR THERAPY?
Most people aren't familiar with the term Auricular Therapy (pronounced aw-rik-yuh-ler) yet it's been around for thousands of years. It’s just a big word for ear acupressure.
Within the shell of the ear, there are over 200 points that we can use. Now don’t worry, we won’t be using all 200 of them on you.
It was discovered that the ear resembles an upside down fetus and certain points on the ear correspond to different parts of your body and functions of the body. Research has shown that when these points are stimulated, stress, anxiety, abnormal appetite, the urge to smoke, and other destructive habits and cravings were remarkably reduced.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
By stimulating different areas of the shell of the ear, it helps the body release its’ own chemicals.
The first one is serotonin. You probably know people of Prozac, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, etc. These are used to help the body stimulate its’ own production of serotonin. When you stimulate a nerve, it does the same thing without having to use a drug.
The second chemical the body produced when a nerve is stimulated is dopamine. Dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter - a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other cells. Most types of rewards increase the level of dopamine in the brain, and a variety of drugs increase dopamine neuronal activity. With acupressure, it activates the body to release dopamine on it's own.
The third chemical is endorphins. When the acupressure points our activated, it creates a feeling of well being.
This is why we call them “My Happy Dots”.
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