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Traditional Chinese Medicine    

      EAR SEEDS

Ear seeds are like time-release acupuncture. Small black seeds from the Vaccaria plant are secured in the ear with a piece of adhesive tape over specific acupuncture points. The seeds stimulate the point by exerting mild pressure. The patient can rub or press on them for an added effect. They stay in the ear for up to a week.

The theory is that the ear represents the whole anatomical body, but in an upside down orientation. The ear is compared to an inverted fetus, with the head on the lower ear lobe, the feet at the top of the ear, and the rest of the body in-between. There are up to 200 acupuncture points on the outer ear, each point named after an anatomic area or body function, such as hips, knees, stomach and heart.

Ear seeds are especially effective for addiction, mood disorders, obesity and pain.
Each session includes a tongue and pulse diagnosis, dietary recommendations, self-massage techniques and ear seed application.