Auricular Medicine is an energetic and testing therapeutic method that originated with a French medical doctor in the 1950’s named Paul Nogier. Dr. Nogier discovered the relationship between points on the ear and various locations on the body after he had several sciatic patients report complete relief after cauterizing a spot in the upper ear lobe. Intrigued, he began to investigate and eventually created a full “map” of the body in the upper ear. It is a common mistake to think these therapeutic representations found in acupuncturists’ offices are Asian or Chinese in origin, because in fact, ear acupuncture is French.
Nogier developed his method over the course of his life, expanding and detailing various representations. He even found that points changed location depending on the level of acute inflammation or chronic degeneration in the tissue. Before his death, he concluded the body is actually a hologram, where any spot could actually be correlated with any other spot. While fascinating, we rely on his detailed maps to locate troubled areas.
The fundamentals of his method are the use of the radial pulse to detect a subtle but distinct rebound when the body is responding to a light, substance or even question. Multiple filters, representing various bodily tissues, are employed to hone in on specific areas.
Dr. Erin trained in this method as she was graduating from naturopathic college, bringing Dr. Mikhael Adams, another NCNM grad, back to Portland to teach a group of eager students that she organized. She then spent a number of years training with Dr. Adams in his Toronto office whenever she was traveling there for conferences with Dr. Guéniot.
After 20 years of use, it is a tool that often gets pushed aside, given the need to explore so much patient history in the initial visits, especially as we have more and more complicated and chronically ill patients.. Yet, when needed, auricular can very much come in handy as a tool to step outside the intellectual, facilitate the intuition and read the direct needs of the body and its therapeutic preferences. It is not a diagnostic method, but can help guide our multiple options when working with even one aspect of care.
If you are interested in having Dr. Erin use this method, let her know. Extra time is often required when scheduling, depending on the patient and the complexity of the case.