Ear reflexology, or Auricular therapy has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for hundreds of years. Like other forms of reflexology, ear reflexology can be used to treat internal ailments in different parts of the body. It can also be a viable substitute for foot reflexology when it isn’t suitable, or other health problems prohibit it.
Reflexology is an ancient healing method. It can be used simultaneously with conventional treatment methods to relieve a multitude of ailments. It is a gentle and non-invasive form of healing that originated in Egyptian and Chinese medicine over 5,000 years ago, and is still popular today.
Each of our ears contains a complete reflex map of our body, full of nerve endings and multiple connections to our central nervous system. Ear reflexology is based on zones and points in the ear that relate to energy centers in the body known as meridians. The way our body is spaced out is projected in the ear, our head is located in the earlobe and our legs are at the opposite end.
When it comes to treating minor aches and discomforts, we don’t always have time to run to a doctor or even feel it is necessary. There are many natural methods to treat life’s discomforts like herbal teas or full body stretches, but these may not be suitable in every situation. So a few simple pressure points in the ear is the perfect answer.
6 Pressure Points In Your Ear
Back And Shoulders
The first pressure point is located at the top of your ear, at the tip. This point is closely associated with your back and shoulders and can help with soreness of these areas. You can massage it for as little as a few minutes a day to half an hour depending on your schedule, but it should help relieve some of the pain from the areas.
If you are having severe internal pain you should absolutely consult a physician, but for minor discomfort there is a point in the ear that can be helpful. It is located just below the first point, where the bridge of the ear meets the outside of the ear. Massaging this point a few minutes a day can ease your internal discomfort.
This next point is located in the upper-middle part of the ear and is used to relieve joint pain and discomfort. This pain may come from the change in season or arthritis but this point should go a long way in relieving some discomfort without relying on medications. Just apply pressure for a few minutes a day to relieve your joints.
Sinuses And Throat
When you’re suffering from a cold or sinus infection, this next point can help by relieving pressure in these areas. This point is located on the lower-middle part of the ear. By applying pressure with your fingers, you can relieve some of the pressure in your sinuses allowing you to breathe clearer and sleep easier.
For minor digestive issues, try massaging the point just above your earlobe. This point can help with minor discomfort, bloating, or gas. Just massage it gently for a few minutes when you start to feel the discomfort and you should start to feel better within a few minutes.
Head And Heart
The spot that is most closely associated to the two major parts of your body is the earlobe. By massaging this area on the ear you can promote good heart health and deal with tension in your head. Massaging this point is great for dealing with pressure headaches, and it only takes a few minutes a day.
These 6 pressure points are great for dealing with life’s everyday minor discomforts. If the problem is serious, persists, or worsens then we advise seeking a physician. Keep these points in your back pocket the next time you get a pesky headache or upset stomach before turning to conventional medicine.