Ear Acupuncture: A Practical Guide by Kajsa Landgren

By Kajsa Landgren

Ear Acupuncture presents an updated functional advisor to the rules and perform of chinese language and Western ear acupuncture. Written basically with a pragmatic and good strategy, this publication is geared toward either the scholar and in addition the practitioner. very good two-colour illustrations are used all through to demonstrate the textual content. also, it integrates the chinese language and Western reviews and likewise comprises chapters overlaying ear acupuncture utilized in the remedy of dependancy and likewise the Western theories approximately how acupuncture works.

  • Written with a pragmatic and extremely good approach
  • Clearly offered and straightforward to read
  • Excellent 2-colour illustrations are used all through to demonstrate the text
  • Includes an appendix of acupuncture points

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What happens in the central nervous system The reticular system (RS, substantia reticularis) is thought to play a central role in ear acupuncture. This is a network of nerve fibres which connects the spinal cord with the brainstem, the hypothalamus area, the midbrain and the cortex. Through stimulating the reticular system one can influence muscle tone, breathing, blood pressure, electroencephalogram (EEG) and wakefulness. The RS can reduce, inhibit or strengthen both sensory and motor impulses. Like other reflex theories, ear acupuncture uses the reticular system as a pathway (Coutté & Zorn 1999).

Embryological explanations Ear acupuncture books sometimes refer to an embryological24 hypothesis which seeks to explain how the ear’s reflex map relates to the rest of the body. On the one hand, the embryological hypothesis is based on the development of the ear in the foetus and the adult ear’s nerve network. 25 The germ layers become specialised into different types of organs so that each one of these types of tissue is responsible for one of the human being’s three systems of organs. The ear is one of the few anatomic structures which are built up of tissue from each of these three primary tissue types to be found in an embryo.

In studies made of sleeping habits, a majority of people suffering from disturbed sleep said that they slept better after acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture also has a calming, stress-reducing, antidepressant effect. This may, among other things, be a result of the effect acupuncture has on the adrenal gland. 6 It may also exert a slower effect on the adrenal cortex. 10 6 The hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine. Catecholamines are transmitter substances in the central and peripheral nervous system.

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