If you’re dialed-in to the latest wellness trends, chances are you’ve heard of ear seeds before. But for those less-versed in the newest gear (like myself) these teeny tools are sure to peak your interest.
While acupuncture may be gaining popularity in modern culture, and street cred amongst the medical community, ear seeds have been making a lot less noise.
Acupuncture ear seeds are part of a larger practice called “auriculotherapy” or “ear acupuncture”. Research suggests that the practice may be helpful in treating conditions like insomnia, chronic pain, and even weight loss. So, what’s the deal?
What are ear seeds?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, different areas of our ears correspond to different organs and systems within the body. Stimulating these parts can treat ailments in those various organs and systems. Ear seeds are tiny seeds of the vaccaria plant that are stuck onto key acupressure points on the ear using adhesive tape. They were developed to give acupuncture patients some stimulation to acupuncture points even if they weren’t in an office.
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What are they used for?
Supporters believe that ear seeds can reduce headaches and back pain, as well as treat addiction, prevent cravings, and can sometimes used as a weight-loss tool.
How do I use them?
If you regularly visit an acupuncturist, some practitioners will apply ear seeds at the end of a session to prolong the effects of the treatment. But if you’re more of a DIY type, you can apply seeds like these 24K Gold Ear Seeds from Vie Healing at home with the tools provided.
The bottom line
Ear seeds are a non-invasive, cost-effective way to try auriculotherapy, or complement your current acupuncture treatments. So why not give it a go?