Edzard Ernst MD, PhD, FMedSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCPEd
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Auricular acupuncture: more dismal research that is a disfavour to everyone and borders on scientific misconduct
Published Wednesday 28 May 2014
Auricular acupuncture (AA), according to the ‘COLLEGE OF AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE’, has its origins in Modern Europe. In 1957 Dr. Paul Nogier, a neurologist from Lyons in France, observed a locum doctor treating sciatica by cauterizing an area of the ear. This prompted extensive research culminating in the development of the somatopic correspondence of specific parts of the body to the ear based upon the concept of an inverted foetus. Dr. Nogier believed that pain and other symptoms in the body could be alleviated by needling, massaging or electronically stimulating the corresponding region of the ear. Auricular Acupuncture is a specialized complementary therapy where acupuncture points on the outer ear are treated, using either needles or acupunctoscopes (electrical location and stimulation machines) to help relieve many chronic complaints. There are over 200 acupuncture points on the ear, each point named after an area of our anatomy. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain. Each acupuncture point being treated, triggers electrical impulses from the ear via the brain, to the specific part of the body being treated...
Sounds odd? Well, that’s because it is odd!
But just because something is odd does not mean it is ineffective – so, what does the reliable evidence tell us? Here are some conclusions from systematic reviews:
The evidence that auricular acupuncture reduces postoperative pain is promising but not compelling.
evidence for the effectiveness of AA for the symptomatic treatment of insomnia is limited.
The benefit of ear-acupressure for symptomatic relief of allergic rhinitis is unknown…...
....IT IS HIGH TIME THAT THIS NONSENSE STOPS! IT BORDERS ON SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT.