Traditional Chinese Medicine
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
Each session includes a tongue and pulse diagnosis, dietary recommendations,
self-massage techniques and ear seed application.