The aim of the acUtreat ear seed kits is to enable you to help yourself in managing specific health concerns. These kits are based on the principles of auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture but without the use of invasive needles thereby making them suitable for self help use by anyone who values their own health and wellbeing.
The focus of treatment is in the use of the Vaccaria ear seeds originating from China and used regularly by traditional acupuncturists and auricular practitioners in the West. The seeds are placed at specific points of the outer ear(s) and left in place for a maximum of 5 days after which they are removed and then replaced 24 hours later (a day’s break from using the ear seeds) for another 5 days. This process is repeated until no longer needed. These ear seeds work on the principles of acupressure in that each seed is pressing on a specific auricular point. The pressure can be increased on a regular basis by pressing the seeds with fingers.
The points chosen for each health concern are all ‘high order’ or ‘master’ points and the number of points per health concern vary between three and five. The reason for choosing these points over all of the other auricular points is that these are the most effective points in helping to manage these health concerns based on clinical practice and research. Significantly these points have been used and tested in practice with various test subjects by a fully trained and accredited traditional acupuncturist with advanced training in auricular acupuncture.
Evaluation of trials indicated the maximum number of auricular points managed by a consumer who would purchase these kits is five but the preference is for three auricular points, which incidentally is the average number of auricular points used by traditional acupuncturists who practice auricular acupuncture in their clinical work (Ali, 2015).
The following acUtreat Ear Seed Kits are available to buy:
- Keeping calm under pressure
- Pain management
- Sleeping problems
- Stress management
- Weight control
Each acUtreat Ear Seed Kit is designed to last for 10 – 12 weeks and includes the following:
- Annotated photograph with auricular points marked
- Master auricular points explained
- Instructions for use
- 120 x Vaccaria ear seeds*
- 12 x packets of alcohol cleansing wipes
*allows for wastage of vaccaria ear seeds for practise purposes.
A large magnifying mirror like those used for shaving or putting make up on and a set of tweezers are also needed. It is inadvisable to try and place the Vaccaria ear seed without tweezers. These are not supplied in the kits for health and safety reasons.